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Llama in the library
Hurwitz, Johanna.
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Publication Information:
New York : Morrow Junior Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
113 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Fifth-grader Adam Fine thinks that his two llamas will be a hit at the grand reopening of the town's library.
Reading Level:
770 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.6 3.0 50377.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.5 5 Quiz: 17643.
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Sex education is one of the first subjects taught in fifth grade, so Adam Fine is sure he's learned all he needs to know about it. But when his mom announces that she's expecting her third child and the cool new girl, Alana Brown, catches his attention at school, he begins to realize some facts of life that aren't covered in class.

A wacky ghost-hunting episode at the White House, the grand old local hotel, brings Adam and Alana together -- and it isn't long before the adventures that they share, whether they're exploring a haunted house or cooking up big plans for Adam's pet llamas, give Adam new notions about the value of a true friend.

Author Notes

Children's author, Johanna Hurwitz was born and raised in New York City. She attended Queens College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and then Columbia University for her master's in Library Science.

She worked as a librarian and taught graduate courses in children's literature and storytelling. Her first title, Busybody Nora was published in 1976 and she has been writing a book or two a year ever since. Her other titles include Dear Emma, Summer with Elisa, A Llama in the Family, Busybody Nora and the Adventures of Ali Baba Bernstein. She has written over 60 titles.

Her works have won her several state awards, including the Texas Bluebonnet Award, the Kentucky Bluegrass Award, the Garden State Children's Choice Award, and the Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-6. In the sequel to A Llama in the Family (1994), 10-year-old Adam faces several surprises. His fifth-grade class gets the nervous giggles after viewing a sex education video; his parents announce that his mother is pregnant; and, most amazing, he discovers that new girl Alana Brown has stolen his heart. Hurwitz allows Adam's friendship with Alana to blossom naturally as the children investigate a haunted inn, deodorize the family's skunk-sprayed llamas, help deliver the new baby, and figure out how to make the llamas into a prime attraction at the opening of the library. With plenty of humor and a few tense moments, this is a sweet, satisfying story guaranteed to please Hurwitz's legion of fans. --Chris Sherman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6Sometimes even a favorite author can get things wrong. Fans of Hurwitz, and particularly of the book A Llama in the Family (Morrow, 1994), will want to think twice before choosing this title. The book covers incidents that occur during Adam Fines fifth-grade year, starting with a sex-education lesson and ending with a chance to discuss llamas with the state governor. Along the way, he and two friends hunt ghosts, chase ladybugs, and learn about bicycle safety. Adam also finds himself interested in a girl, and gains another sibling. The story is episodic with multiple, unconnected plot elements that are never fully explored or developed. Characters remain two-dimensional for the most part, depending on the readers previous knowledge of them, and some of their more delightful attributes (noted in the first book) are missing here. Even the llamas are only peripheral to the story.Darcy Schild, Schwegler Elementary School, Lawrence, KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.