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Planet Janet In Orbit Hardcover – September 13, 2005
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
From School Library Journal
Grade 7-10–Janet Bandry's back with more hilarious misadventures. Her brief stint working at a Mexican restaurant results in debt. Her former best friend now spends all her time with her Aussie boyfriend. Her father moved out of the house, and her mother is dating Buskin' Bob, who has two terrifying daughters and loves to point out what's wrong with the world. The only bright spot seems to be Aunt Know-It-All, the advice column Janet has begun for the school newspaper. This sequel to Planet Janet (Candlewick, 2003) is another laugh-out-loud riot, and the glossary at the end will help American readers understand much of the British slang. Fans of Meg Cabot and Louise Rennison will love following Janet through her endless mishaps.–Jane Cronkhite, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH
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Gr. 7-10. Janet (Planet Janet, 2003) is back with more angst, trauma, and laughs. Her first job as a waitress at a "V TRENDY" Mexican restaurant isn't very exciting ("For God's sake--chicken . . . beef. . . . what's the difference?"), but it includes a cute Australian waiter named Ethan. Unfortunately, Ethan falls for Janet's best friend, Disha, who transforms into Zombie of Love. There's love on the home front, too. Janet's recently divorced mother (MC, as in Mad Cow) is dating an environmental activist, Robert, who purges all politically or environmentally unfriendly products from their home. What's more, instead of a summer trip to Greece, Janet must join her mother for a trip to Camp Despair (Robert's cottage in rainy Wales), which comes complete with his two monstrous daughters. Then comes the school year, which brings Janet's seventeenth birthday party, disastrous driving lessons from her father, and a job on the school magazine--as its anonymous advice columnist, Auntie Know-It-All. Janet's diary entries are a bit disjointed at times, but readers who haven't tired of British teen journals with glossaries (as in Georgia Nicolson) will find this GINORMOUS fun. Cindy Dobrez
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