The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt

First place winner, Belmont Teen Read Week Book Review Contest 2001 Prize: $25 gift certificate for Newbury Comics

Author: Patricia MacLachlan
Reviewer's Age: Grade 7

"Fact and fiction are different truths" is a quote tacked over Minna's mother's typewriter, and it drives Minna crazy with confusion. She just can't figure out what it means.

If you read this book, you will meet many fascinating characters like Lucas, who has twenty or so frogs in his room... And his parents don't know a thing! Emily Parmalee, who wears the earrings her great-aunt died wearing. Willie, who plays violin to earn the money to visit Mama. Twig, a "brisk" driver. And McGrew, who sings newspaper headlines like, "Pinching your nose increases your IQ." You will also get a new view on vocabulary words, Mozart, dinner conversations, beaver teeth, letter writing, vibratos, and baseball. Finally, in reading this book, you will find facts and fictions everywhere from cellos to names. So curl up in your favorite chair, get a mug of hot chocolate, and read this wonderful book.