In the fifth installment of Ignatow’s Popularity Papers series, Julie and Lydia return from the road trip described in the previous book, enter seventh grade, and start a rock band. They have never played guitar or drums before, but these two never let such obstacles stand in their way. Although the illustrated format of these books has grown somewhat cumbersome—one wonders why and how the girls are carrying on conversations mostly through back-and-forth entries in a notebook—Ignatow’s illustrations (attributed to Julie), humorous comments, and the story’s sticky situations make this a gregarious addition to the series. Grades 3-6. --Abby Nolan
About the Author
is a cartoonist and the author of the Popularity Papers series. She graduated from Moore College of Art and Design and was once a backup singer in a rock band called Todd Young and His Rock Band. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Mark, her daughter, Anya, and their cat, Mathilda, who is mellowing out despite herself. Kind of.