Praise for Romance of the Snob Squad: "[Full of] laughter and tenderness... [readers] will recognize the dreams of glamour and the painful farce at home and school. - Booklist"
[The] wry, wisecracking first-person narration is even funnier in this book... the characters, already solidly realized previously, are even better developed this time around." -
Fans of Peters's earlier Snob Squad books will want to read this one, too." -
School Library Journal
In this cute sequel to Revenge of the Snob Squad, sixth graders Jenny, Max, Prairie, and Lydia experience the joys and pitfalls of first love. The girls try to fix Prairie up with Hugh Torkerson, aka "Tork the Dork", and try to win the science lab with a finicky rat. Glamour photos, a mysteriously disappearing science notebook, and assorted crushes on boys contribute to this amusing read.
Children's Literature - Rebecca Joseph
Gr 3-6A book that attempts to put the fun back in dysfunctional. Jenny is an overweight adolescent with an anorexic sister. Their eating disorders are symptomatic of their parents constant arguing. The whole family participates in various types of therapy, none of which seem to help. At school, Jenny is part of the Snob Squad, a group of four misfits. When Prairie, her fellow Snob Squadder who stutters and has an artificial foot, wishes Hugh Torkerson would ask her to the sixth-grade dance, the girls try various tactics to unite the couple. They finally get Hughs and everyone elses attention with their Pavlovian Extreme Rat-o-rama science project, in which a rat runs through a homemade maze chasing various bits of food. Unfortunately, Harley succumbs to overeating, causing Jenny to confront her own eating disorder. The plot is too neatly wrapped up when Jenny and her sister plan a dinner date for their parents to solve their marital problems. The characters seem real enough and readers will relate to some of the events, but the pat ending is too simplistic and the issues are glossed over. While fans of Peterss earlier Snob Squad books (Little, Brown) will want to read this one, too, Richard Moshers The Taxi Navigator (Philomel, 1996) is a more thought-provoking story about a child who must deal with quarreling parents.Linda L. Plevak, Alamo Area Library System, San Antonio, TX Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
The Snob Squad is back (Revenge of the Snob Squad, 1998) and this time the four elementary-age outcasts need to come up with a project for the science fair. Although, in this group, science is nobody's best subject, a rat that Max captured in her family's junkyard provides inspiration, and they create an obstacle course for a study in rat motivation. It doesn't take Jennywhose wry, wisecracking first-person narration is even funnier in this booklong to figure out that what motivates the rat is the same thing that motivates her: food. She's secretly sweet on Kevin Rooney, a fact that provides some counter-motivation; meanwhile, shy Prairie confesses that she likes computer-geek Hugh Torkerson. The squad rallies, especially since Hugh and Kevin are on a science-fair team with the girls' rivals, Ashley and Melanie. The book becomes strained when the problems become more serious; Jenny, the squad's leader, has a dysfunctional family, with estranged parents and an obsessive-compulsive, anorexic sister. The glib tone never meshes with such somber material, and the resolutions come abruptly. Fortunately, the characters, already solidly realized previously, are even better developed this time around, while the sweetly awkward first-time alliances with members of the opposite sex are nicely done. Most readers will skate over the rough spots for this well-paced novel and its many funny moments. (Fiction. 8-12) .