by Eric Wight
Simon and Schuster, February 2010
ARC received at NCTE
The dedication of this newest Frankie Pickle adventure reads, "To my dad, who is always there to help -- even when I don't know how to ask." I'm thinking there is perhaps a fair amount of autobiography woven into this story, and as a child whose earliest mantra was, "Do it SELF," this book rings true for me as well.
Frankie gets too tied up in his own imagination to receive his Possum Scout merit badge for knot-tying. This means he won't move up in rank from Pygmy to Shrew with the other boys in his troop unless he wins the Pine Run 3000. Which is this weekend.
I won't reveal the rest of the plot, which involves messes, mistakes, revelations, disqualifications, and unlikely displays of good sportsmanship.
This book is another winner by Eric Wight, and luckily, we will only have to wait until June for book three!
My review of the first book, Franki Pickle and the Closet of Doom.
Eric Wight's website at Simon and Schuster.
Eric Wight on Twitter: @Eric_WightNews of the next book: