FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. For beginning chapter-book readers, Junie B. Jones always saves the day. Junie B.'s inimitable style wins her friends and fans everywhere. Denise Brunkus's comical, expressive drawings capture all the joys and foible
Lovers of Junie will welcome this next installment, when the first grade kickball tournament takes place only Junie can't play because of an injured toe. She, a classmate Sheldon, and Mr. Scary, the teacher, fall upon the idea of a halftime show complete with cymbals and juggling. Only Junie can't juggle yet and practices madly but not very confidently. But she manages to pull it off when the fans throw leftover lunch biscuits at her and, in crunch time, Junie delivers. The feisty heroine of her own story manages to have readers laughing at the way she sees things and says them. Brunkus gives an endearing and contemporary look to the characters and in nine short chapters coming in at under 80 pages, newly launched readers will move right through this book in the "Junie B. Jones" series. 2003, Random House, Ages 6 to 9.