Ava and Taco Cat (Ava and Pip Series #2)

Ava and Taco Cat (Ava and Pip Series #2)

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by Carol Weston
     
 

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Ava desperately wants a pet for her eleventh birthday-but gets way more than she bargained for when she adopts T-A-C-O-C-A-T.

When Ava Wren hears about an injured yellow tabby with mismatched ears, she becomes obsessed and wants to rescue him. She even picks out a perfect palindromic name: T-A-C-O-C-A-T. But when Taco joins the family, he doesn't snuggle or

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Ava desperately wants a pet for her eleventh birthday-but gets way more than she bargained for when she adopts T-A-C-O-C-A-T.

When Ava Wren hears about an injured yellow tabby with mismatched ears, she becomes obsessed and wants to rescue him. She even picks out a perfect palindromic name: T-A-C-O-C-A-T. But when Taco joins the family, he doesn't snuggle or purr-all he does is hide. Worse, Ava's best friend starts hanging out with Zara, a new girl in fifth grade. Ava feels alone and writes an acclaimed story, "The Cat Who Wouldn't Purr." What begins as exciting news turns into a disaster. How can Ava make things right? And what about sweet, scared little Taco?

The New York Times called AVA AND PIP "a love letter to language. " With this second diary, Girls' Life advice columnist Carol Weston hits another home run.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
As the year ends and a new one begins, Ava anticipates her eleventh birthday which is New Year’s Day. Through her journal writing, she reveals that her heart is set on adopting an injured, stray cat that was brought into the veterinary clinic where her mother works. Ava cajoles her parents that the cat is all that she wants for her birthday; she has already selected the name, Taco Cat, which is a palindrome. By New Year’s Eve, Ava’s mother agrees to the cat adoption. Ava describes the building of trust between her and shy Taco Cat along with the phone call that impacts their relationship. In addition, Ava describes the alphabet book that she is working on with Pip, her older sister. Ava writes about the ups and downs of her relationship with her friends as the dynamics change with a new friend. An amusing and interesting feature is how Ava’s journal entries highlight different word play. The palindromes are in spelled out in capital letters and hyphenated; homonyms are italicized; puns are explained. This book is a sequel to Weston’s Ava and Pip. Readers who like the experience of a story told through a daily journal will probably enjoy Ava’s shared perspectives. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung; Ages 8 to 11.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402288739
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
04/07/2015
Series:
Ava and Pip Series, #2
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
322,745
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Carol Weston has been the "Dear Carol" advice columnist at Girls' Life since 1994. Her sixteen books include Ava and Pip, Ava and Taco Cat, Ava XOX, The Diary of Melanie Martin, and Girltalk: All the Stuff Your Sister Never Told You. She lives in Manhattan.Visit heratcarolweston.com.

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Ava and Taco Cat 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a dog person but it was hard not to fall in love with T-A-C-O C-A-T. Very engaging story about fifth grade friendships, lots of clever wordplay, and I won't spoil the suspenseful ending -- but I did not see it coming! Ava is a great character and with a good heart. I liked Ava and Pip too!