Pokey and Mac go to school. Pokey and Mac’s friend, Maisie, falls through a cardboard box and into a land called Cardboardia where everything is made out of cardboard. Mac wants to find his sister Pokey but the Grey Queen’s guards are after Mac and his friends. Will they escape? Will they find Pokey? Can they leave Cardboardia? Read on to find out.
Laetitia wants to see what is outside of Canada. Her mom is not happy, but her mom and her brother drive her to the border anyway. Mom and brother decide that they want to see Laetitia, but the Canadian border wants them to declare their citizenship. They are Blackfoot, and they do not identify themselves as Canadian or American. Both the Canadian border and the American border want them to declare citizenship of a country, but mom refuses to so they are stuck sleeping in their car between borders until television crews arrive and the American border lets them in. I did not realize this was a struggle that Indigenous people experience, and I felt empathy for everyone.
I feel like Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham followed me in 8th grade because I identified so much with this story. Being in middle school and trying to figure out who you are is a very confusing and emotional time. Having friends, fighting with your friends, being obsessed with boys while sometimes still thinking they are gross, I remember that so much. Wanting to be a good person, but not knowing what that means exactly, is something I understand.
Cranky Chicken is always cranky. When Cranky Chicken saves Speedy the worm from an evil leaf, Cranky Chicken gets a new friend. If you like the Elephant and Piggie books, you might like this story. Cranky Chicken and Speedy are cranky together, and also learn how to be not cranky.