By Linda Urban
Harcourt Children's Books, 2011
I picked this one up because it had a lot of award buzz and praise. I meant to read it earlier but never got around to it until now. It was super short and the narrator had a good strong voice. Unfortunately, I didn't see what all the fuss was about. I had really high expectations - probably unrealistically high. It was a good three-star book, but I didn't love it like other people did. The character development was fun to watch and I loved that she was a writer. At the end, you just know she's going to be successful someday.
Do not let a mop sit overnight in water. Fix things before they get too big for fixing. Custodial wisdom: Mattie Breen writes it all down. She has just one week to convince Uncle Potluck to take her on as his custodial apprentice at Mitchell P. Anderson Elementary School. One week until school starts and she has to be the new girl again. But if she can be Uncle Potluck’s apprentice, she’ll have important work to do during lunch and recess. Work that will keep her safely away from the other fifth graders. But when her custodial wisdom goes all wrong, Mattie’s plan comes crashing down. And only then does she begin to see how one small, brave act can lead to a friend who is hound dog true.