Cloudy with a Chance of Boys (Sisters Club Series)

Cloudy with a Chance of Boys (Sisters Club Series)

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by Megan McDonald, Jenna Lamia
     
 

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As the middle sister in a family with three girls, Stevie Reel doesn’t know much about boys, and that’s always been just fine with her. But lately, things have been changing: kids at school are starting to pair up, and Owen, the new boy in her Earth Science class, seems to have his sights set on her.

The trouble is, Stevie doesn’t want a

Overview

As the middle sister in a family with three girls, Stevie Reel doesn’t know much about boys, and that’s always been just fine with her. But lately, things have been changing: kids at school are starting to pair up, and Owen, the new boy in her Earth Science class, seems to have his sights set on her.

The trouble is, Stevie doesn’t want a boyfriend—she’s not even sure that she’s ready to have a boy friend. And her sisters, who know exactly where they stand on the issue of boys, are no help: Alex is too busy trying to orchestrate a perfect, Romeo-and-Juliet-style first kiss from her crush, Scott Towel, while Joey can’t understand why anyone would prefer a boy over a frog, anyway.

If only figuring out boys were as easy as predicting the weather!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Margaret Orto
The Reel sisters, Alex, Stevie, and Joey, are off on a new adventure—this one dealing with the world of boys and first kisses—in this third installment in "The Sisters Club" series. Alex, the oldest, and most theatrical, auditions for the role of Juliet in the school production of Romeo and Juliet in order to orchestrate the perfect first kiss with her crush, Scott Howell, sure to win the role of Romeo. Stevie, the middle sister, insists that she does not want a boyfriend but the new boy in her science class is funny and definitely pursuing her. They end up working together on an earth science project about weather. Joey, the youngest, would rather kiss a frog than a boy. Nothing, of course, turns out as planned for the sisters when it comes to dealing with males. As in the other books in this series, the straight narrative is carried by Stevie with Alex contributing in script format and Joey offering journal entries. Since this is a theatrical family, the characters' references to Shakespeare are believable and the Shakespearian comparisons and quotations cleverly worked into the plot. Alex's glossed over diva behavior when she does not get the lead and turns down a more minor role but still ends up in the play is a disappointing development but necessary for the story to resolve. Overall, though, this is a light, fun romp into the world of romance that will be enjoyed by girls trying to figure out just where they stand when it comes to the opposite sex themselves. Best is the chemistry between the sisters—they complain about each other but always band together whenever one needs the other. Reviewer: Margaret Orto
School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 4–6—In the third book (Candlewick, 2011) in Megan McDonald's "The Sisters Club" series, the three Reel sisters are dealing with boys, Shakespeare, first kisses, and frogs. Younger sister Joey is into frogs and doesn't understand why anyone would risk cooties to spend time with a boy. Middle sister Stevie isn't really expecting to like boys, but the new kid at school has other plans. Teenager Alex desperately wants to be Juliet in the school play, and is making plans to orchestrate the perfect first kiss. Nothing works out quite as any of them expect. Jenna Lamia reads with enthusiasm and humor, creating unique voices for the characters. The book doesn't lend itself well to a strictly audio presentation since the illustrations are key to portions of the book—the explanation of palm-reading, for example, not to mention cloud types. And the variety of viewpoints, lists of weird facts, and asides are fun in a visual format, but interrupt the flow of the story in the audiobook. Also, the CDs seem to end when they run out of room, rather than at a logical transition point, leaving listeners hanging until the next CD is in place. Still, girls will enjoy this presentation, especially if the book is available so they don't miss out on the illustrations.—Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—In this story about the Reel sisters, Stevie, 12, gives her perspective on the changing nature of boy-girl relationships at school, while Alex, 14, contributes screenplay story lines chronicling her quiet admiration for fellow thespian Scott Howell. Joey, 10, adds lists and doodles to illustrate her disgust for her sisters' new attitudes toward kissing a boy. Cloudy uses weather, frogs, and Romeo and Juliet as the backdrop to a story focused on the sweeter side of sisterhood. Dialogue and situations will ring true for both new readers and fans.—Colleen S. Banick, Tomlinson Middle School, Fairfield, CT
Kirkus Reviews

First kisses have Stevie Reel and her older sister Alex on opposite sides of the male-interest spectrum, while youngest sister Joey cannot even imagine considering boys over her frogs. This latest Sister Club volume balances middle-school co-ed hilarity with values and pre-adolescent angst. When Alex, the family's star actress, unexpectedly loses the school's leading role of Juliet to Jayden "Fluffernutter" Pffeffer's mediocre acting skills, her plans to experience a first kiss with her newest love interest, Scott Towel as Romeo, are thwarted. Furious, Alex quits the play and launches a spy mission with her two sisters to keep an eye on things and prevent Scott's first acting kiss. In science class, Stevie's cloud experiment gets a bit stormy when Owen "Wire Rims" O'Malley, her science partner, attempts a first kiss, which ends in an embarrassingly wet and icy fiasco for Stevie. McDonald keeps readers laughing with all the antics while expertly folding in Shakespeare references and double entendres in her now-familiar combination of journal-style entries from Joey's perspective, play scenes outlining Alex's viewpoint and an overall narrative told in Stevie's glib voice. (Fiction. 9-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455865628
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
03/13/2012
Series:
Sisters Club Series
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Megan McDonald is the author of the bestselling Judy Moody series and its companion series starring Judy’s younger brother, Stink. She is also the author of the middle grade series the Sisters Club. Megan McDonald lives in Sebastopol, California.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Boys (Sisters Club Series) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST book EVER! My mom told me to go to bed but, I couldn't stop thinking about it. In my opinion this was the BEST book in the sister's club series. I read it in like three days. TOTALLY worth the money! You HAVE TO get this book! Not very many books interest me but, this one TOTALLY did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I totally LUV this book!!!!!! Life is normal for Stevie....JUST until she meets Owen( a.k.a Wire Rims). He seems 2 like her. Stevie does'nt want 2 have a boyfriend yet! Now it is all up 2 Stevie to work this mayhem out. This many stars:**************************-***********--*****7********;**********************;*********;*********6****6666666*************
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very unique and interesting. It was ontersting how after each chapt. Alex had a little script Each of the girls go through their boy exsperiences and at the end of the story they start talking about their kisses
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tell your mom i am a big fan i love her joody moody books i bet you have the hole collection of them. Tell your mom i am a fan. ;D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its really nice and at the book fair in my school has it and sooo much cheaper
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Luv it u have to read it its really goood i like read it in a day its THAT good - niki woods
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book i read it before and it was great but i want to read it again it was sad wen the book was dome READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amaxing book its very funny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book. It is perfect for a advanced third grader, fourth, and fifth grader
Anonymous 5 months ago
Lookin for a bae that will give me her number so i can give her mine so we can text and dat.e and be bffs aka bf & gf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great for anybody who is looking for a good book to read
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Best book ever!
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U peple r discusting all they want you to do is rate onthe book i stop talking about everything elese do that stuff started on face book not on comments of a childrens book sickos anyway the vook is good i totally recomwnd it for girls going to the fifthgrade or above
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These reviews are so innappropriate Little kids might want to read the reviews to see what it is about but instead they are reading bad comments
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OK SO MY MOM WILL NOT LET ME BUY THIS BOOK AND MY BOOK FARE ALREADY PASSED AND ITS NOT IN THE SCHOOL LIBRARY SO PLEAS TELL ME WHAT HAPPENS WITH ALEX AND SCOTT, Do They kiss,date? Pleas tell me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait to read it!
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