cover image Skunk Scout

Skunk Scout

Laurence Yep. Hyperion Books, $15.99 (192pp) ISBN 978-0-7868-0670-6

In a sequel to Cockroach Cooties by Laurence Yep, Teddy's uncle gives him a weekend camping trip as a birthday present, transforming him into a Skunk Scout when he gets sprayed by the offender in the woods. ""Why would anyone leave Chinatown? It had everything a kid could want: comic books, cheap snacks, and kung fu movies,"" says Teddy, who is hardly grateful to leave his corner of San Francisco. The trip unfolds in a series of scrapes and minor disasters, but Teddy also discovers a kindred spirit in his ""fussy, boring uncle"" and learns to expand his own horizons in this breezy summer read.