Sarah's Stars

Bernice Thurman Hunter. That Scatterbrain Booky
Scholastic  $6.99  ISBN 978-0-545-98618-2  167 pg.
Reviewed by Anastasia, Age 10

Swansea was the best place to live in summertime. Not only did we have all of lake Ontario for our swimming hole, but Sunnyside Amusement Park was just a hop, skip and jump along the boardwalk.

The main character is an underweight, blond haired, blue eyed, big nosed, saw edged teeth, 9 year old girl named Beatrice, known as Booky. Itís 1932 Ö and the Great Depression has hit Ontario. Booky's father lost his job, her parents are always fighting and then thereís the threat of eviction.

I liked this book because it's based on a true story about the Great Depression. Also I liked the pictures; she included real photographs taken back in that time. I liked that the author had good ideas that really could have happened back then; like having to move to a cheaper house after being evicted, almost having to give away your child because you can't afford to care for it or getting no presents for Christmas. Lastly, I liked the ending where Ö Sorry, Ana, you canít tell them THAT, but letís just say it involves chocolate.

Bernice Thurman Hunter was a storyteller from an early age. When her own children were small, she wrote stories for them, but it was not until she was grown up that she began to get her work published. Soon she had become one of Canadaís favourite writers of historical fiction, with a dozen books to her credit including the Booky and Margaret trilogies, Lamplighter, The Railroader, Amy's Promise and Janey's Choice.

I give That Scatterbrain Booky a 5-star rating.


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