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. Volume XXIII Number 7. . . .October 21, 2016
Following Evie Brooks is Marooned in Manhattan, Evie Brooks is back in Evie Brooks in Central Park Showdown. Just when she thinks she has settled into life in Manhattan with her Uncle Michael, her birth father appears. To make matters worse, he is trying to claim custody. Evie is eager to stay with her uncle, but the family court system might have other plans for her. Against the backdrop of a first romantic interest and the new veterinary client, Central Park Zoo, for her uncleís practice, non-stop drama ensues.
The result is another fun, animal-filled romp through Manhattan. Evieís colourful friends, quirky veterinarian clinic patients and dramatic court proceedings are all written in a humourous manner. This is not a serious look at custody issues or different types of families. Despite the surface treatment of important material, this series should have a broad appeal. Evieís blend of serious situations with comical observations is successful and will appeal to many middle school students, particularly girls, due to the female protagonist and romantic storyline.
Young women who like books with animals or are enthusiastic readers of writers like Wendy Mass would be potential readers. Evie Brooks in Central Park Showdown is recommended for school libraries and public libraries, or any collection that serves female middle school readers.
Sophia Hunter is a teacher-librarian at Crofton House Junior School in Vancouver, BC.
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