SPF 40 (PagePerfect NOOK Book)
  • SPF 40 (PagePerfect NOOK Book)
  • SPF 40 (PagePerfect NOOK Book)

SPF 40 (PagePerfect NOOK Book)

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by FableVision, Peter H. Reynolds
     
 

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A great band does more than make music—it makes a difference! This Zebrafish adventure shows that doing good can make a splash and be a rockin’ good time.

Zebrafish has disbanded, at least for the summer, but the ex-band members can still improve the world in their own way. Vita is figuring out how to channel her lazy summer into somethingSee more details below

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A great band does more than make music—it makes a difference! This Zebrafish adventure shows that doing good can make a splash and be a rockin’ good time.

Zebrafish has disbanded, at least for the summer, but the ex-band members can still improve the world in their own way. Vita is figuring out how to channel her lazy summer into something positive (with her dog Chimp’s help, of course). Walt and Jay convert an old ice cream truck into an awesomely painted (and fully wired) book mobile. And Plinko and Tanya inspire their campers at Stickleback Arts Camp to seize the day—Tanya takes a special interest in a camper with diabetes who’d rather hang out in the infirmary than participate in camp, while Plinko is preoccupied with his night vision goggles (leading campers to the bathroom night or day!).

Ideally Zebrafish will reunite for the end of summer Strings of Fury concert at the Dunes, but there’s a hitch—Vita refuses to play plastic. This follow-up collaboration between FableVision and Children’s Hospital Boston is as rockin’ as the first.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Miranda McClain
Vita, Walt, Jay, Tanya, and Plinko seem like typical teenage kids, except for one thing: they are all in a rock band called Zebra Fish. And now, they are just coming down off the high of a sold-out show in their school's auditorium. How could anything that happens this summer possibly compete with that much excitement? The summer turns out to be a lot of fun, and after spending the weeks cruising around town in the book mobile or as counselors at a summer art camp, they can hardly believe the fun is almost over. The story goes back and forth between competing plotlines that it is dizzying and often times it is hard to decipher what is going on. There are some attempts at seriousness as a diabetic camper has trouble with his insulin pump, but everything works out. Otherwise, the plot is light and breezy, making this graphic novel perfect as a summer read. Reviewer: Miranda McClain
School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—After a successful year, a band's members go their separate ways for the summer: Walt and Jay run a bookmobile, Vita tries to avoid responsibility and Plinko and Tanya are counselors-in-training at a camp where they meet enthusiastic Coley and cautious, restrained Scott. The artist's work in this follow-up to Zebrafish (S & S, 2010) seems somewhat more confident and smoother. However, readers unfamiliar with the characters may feel a bit at sea. There is little exposition about prior circumstances or relationships, and the fact that the characters have split into three camps (one literal) makes the story jagged and jumpy-it's less a sequential narrative than a series of character moments over time. Word balloons are occasionally placed in an order or position that confuses, and there are frequent blocks of dialogue that come across as staid because they are paired with a single, immobile image that can't successfully convey the evolving action. The tone is consistently positive, even when the story pauses to underscore the emotional seriousness of some of the situations. There is a foundation of optimism to every encounter, a belief that obstacles can be overcome and answers can be found. The book is chock-full of charm and aspiration, but perhaps so much so that it spills over in a jumble of enthusiastic disconnect.—Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH
Publishers Weekly
The graphic novel Zebrafish (2010) introduced a group of teens that organized a band to support cancer charity work. This sequel about the group’s post-band summer (which was also produced by author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds and his FableVision children’s media company) comes sharply into focus at the moment that band member Tanya, now a camp-counselor-in-training, discovers that a diabetic camper, Scott, has fallen ill—and it’s her fault. Tanya was holding on to the pack with the remote control to his insulin pump, but she handed it off casually to someone else. “Scott said you had his—” starts her friend Plinko, and she’s instantly stricken. “His pack! I do! I did!” It’s a vivid depiction of the kind of absentminded mistake that’s easy to make, but the rest of the story never achieves that immediacy. The dialogue and full-color cartoons are lively, and the kids are involved in worthwhile summer projects, yet the more sobering elements of the story—Tanya’s leukemia (now in remission), Scott’s diabetes, Vita’s older brother’s cancer research—seem at odds with the overall narrative arc, which is determinedly cheerful. Ages 10–14. (June)¦
Kirkus Reviews
Zebrafish, the plucky band of do-gooder musical misfits, returns in a sophomore offering ready for a summer of camp, video games, first jobs and art. Picking up where Zebrafish (2010) left off, Vita, Tanya, Plinko, Jay and Walt are just beginning a very different summer together. Plinko and Tanya are off to work as counselors-in-training at an arts camp, while Jay and Walt will be working on a library's bookmobile--leaving Vita to wallow about trying to figure out what to do. With no gigs for Zebrafish on the horizon, some members of the group decide to enter a "Strings of Fury" (a fictional cousin of "Rock Band") video game contest. Unlike its predecessor, which concentrated mainly on Vita's experience, this plot focuses on Tanya's and Plinko's time at the camp. In remission from her leukemia, Tanya befriends Scott, a diabetic fellow camper, who will not only become a good friend, but may just be their necessary secret weapon in the "Strings of Fury" contest. A diverse cast of characters pulls the narrative in different directions, but then it just flops about. The one-dimensionality of the art and the story makes it feel relentlessly vanilla. There is little excitement here, a sad fate for a promising summer-camp yarn. Cardboard. (Graphic fiction. 9-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442450349
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Series:
Zebrafish
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,285,241
File size:
31 MB
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Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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