cover image Josie's Troubles

Josie's Troubles

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Atheneum Books, $13.95 (99pp) ISBN 978-0-689-31659-3

Josie and her best friend Sarah possess a distinct talent for constantly getting into trouble, beginning with breaking a rosewood piano bench-- 'It's the worst thing we've ever done,' said Josephine. Thereupon the pair launch a pet- and plant-sitting business to earn enough money to pay for the piano bench. Unfortunately, their endeavor suffers a few setbacks: Mrs. Murphy's favorite fish dies, Measles the cat disappears and Mr. Kellerman's rubber plant is destroyed. Through their experiences, Josie and Sarah learn a little about business and even more about friendship. Newbery Medalist Naylor adroitly interweaves humor and intrigue throughout her story, while vividly conveying her heroines' anxiety and frustration. Deft characterization and lively narration will add to readers' enjoyment as this trouble-prone twosome struggles with escalating woes. Ages 8-12. (Sept.)