• Illustrated By: Cynthia Nugent
  • Pages:256
  • Publisher:Tradewind Books
  • Themes:family, silly, detective, reporter
  • Available:09/01/2019
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12

Katherine Wisteria Warble (otherwise known as Kiddo) knows her family depends on her for information. Kiddo devours the Town Crier newspaper for its news, contests, community events, Caring Carol's advice column and the annoying opinions of the Junior Journalist. When she grows up, she is going to be the publisher, but first she needs to wrest the title of Junior Journalist away from the irritating Jeremy ("Germ") Marroon.

Can Kiddo get enough community points, improve her spelling enough and stay out of trouble long enough to become the next Junior Journalist? Definitely! But first she has to find a boyfriend for her sister, Pat, fix a little misunderstanding that lands her in jail, nab the real thief and help Ma win a talent contest.

“Children who love to tell stories but struggle with spelling will find some encouragement here. Nugent writes with levity and a keen eye for the memorable details of childhood. Young readers may be persuaded to put down their game-controllers and step out into the sunlight.”
– Canadian Children's Book News
“A lively and satisfying read.”
– Winnipeg Free Press
★ “In this hilarious middle-grade novel, award-winning illustrator and author Cynthia Nugent captures the nostalgic charms of 1960s-style childhood without seeming dated or irrelevant. Nugent’s artistry shines in the neo-retro feel she brings to her story...Kiddo is a laugh-out-loud read, perfect for those whose tastes skew quirky.”
– Quill & Quire, starred review
“Kiddo's family are all crazy in their various way -- but they are all accepting and loving of one another's foibles, and they all have fun together. More families should be like this one!”
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“An abundance of humor in all its forms moves the plot and its many subplots to satisfying conclusions. Retro fun for persistent readers.”
– Kirkus Reviews
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