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. Volume XV Number 10. . . .January 9, 2009
Life for the Meek family has become a little over-scheduled. Libby's strategy to change this situation leads to unexpected consequences but ultimately to everyone in the family understanding each other better.
Robert Rayner is the author of a number of sports-related books for a slightly older young adult audience. Many have been shortlisted for the Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award (Atlantic Canada) and are listed as CCBC Our Choice selections. In Libby on Strike, Rayner has written an early chapter book for a slightly younger audience about a common issue that many families face. It is a book about a small slice of ordinary life - there is no crisis driving the plot. The story revolves around Libby, her parents, piano teacher and two friends, Etta and Celery. The book opens with Libby's failing a test because she has not had time to review her school work due to a packed schedule of activities. Her parents' response is to add math tutoring to that schedule! Libby is understandably upset, but the method she chooses to make that point causes conflict with her parents who, in turn, react in an unreasonable manner.
Catherine Howett, a Research and Resource Centre Coordinator and advocate for school libraries, lives in Vancouver, BC.
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