Extravaganza at the plaza

Lauren L. Wohl

Book - 2018

A lot of thinking, planning, dreaming, and list-making, and Hannah--along with the kids of Raccoon River--are up to their ears in a brand new project: saving the town's old abandones Plaza Theater. But first, they have to get a look inside. And it's spooky in there-spider webs and creaky floors, and one slowly-swaying curtain. Can Hannah and her friends save the plaza?

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Series
Wohl, Lauren L. Raccoon River kids ; 2nd adventure.
Subjects
Published
Apex, NC. : Persnickety Press [2018]
Language
English
Physical Description
88 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN
194397831X
9781943978311
Main Author
Lauren L. Wohl (author)
Other Authors
Mark Tuchman (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Wohl improves upon her first Raccoon River Kids Adventures (Blueberry Bonanza?, 2017) with this latest look at motivated, small-town kids who get things done. After third-graders Hannah and Nico notice the local, rundown Plaza Theater, a bit of research leads them to a meeting with the mayor, where they explain their plan to him. Why should the folks of Raccoon River have to drive so far to see movies and concerts when a beautiful old theater is right there? The speed with which the mayor and the town council approve the project and get to restoring the joint might stretch belief, but like Wohl's first book in the series, this is an exceedingly gentle, optimistic story with little in the way of conflict or even significant hurdles. Because of that, it may be too low stakes for some. What it excels at is being a narrative procedural of how big projects happen. Wohl leads readers step by step, detailing the week-by-week progress of fundraising and building, usually with specific dollar amounts. Good for budding entrepreneurs. Grades 1-4. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 1–4—In this second book in the "Raccoon River Kids Adventures" series, friends Hannah and Nico decide to save the old theatre, which has been closed for years. The two friends work together with the mayor and the town to clean it up and get it ready to reopen. This early chapter book is full of wholesome fun. The story and the solutions to the problems are very simple, but likely to be enjoyed young children getting comfortable reading on their own. The chapters are short with minor cliffhangers that will encourage youngsters. VERDICT An ideal selection for readers who enjoy Junie B. Jones and Judy Moody.—Patrick Tierney, Pascoag Public Library, RI Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

To save the town's old abandoned theater, Hannah and her friends attempt to raise money for the equipment they want to donate to help with renovations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

“An exceedingly gentle, optimistic story" — BOOKLISTThe Raccoon River Kids are back with a new community project! Critics are calling this new chapter book for young activists "an exceedingly gentle, optimistic story"—perfect for readers learning about the power of young people.The kids of Raccoon River are up to their ears in a brand new project: saving the town’s old abandoned Plaza Theater. But first, they have to get a look inside. It’s spooky—spider webs and creaky floors, and one slowly-swaying stage curtain. Lots of repairs and donations will be needed. Can the Plaza be saved?Lauren L. Wohl tells a story of determination, cooperation, and more than little bit of luck where the kids of a small town make a real difference in their community, the first sequel to Blueberry Bonanza in the Raccoon River Kids Adventures series. Mark Tuchman illustrates the action with characterful drawings that enrich the tale.About the Raccoon Rive Kids Adventure SeriesNo matter what your size, substantial change starts with a bit of courage, a good idea, and a little help from your friends. The RACCOON RIVER kids introduce early readers to the impact kids can have in their own communities. Whether it’s uniting a town to save a building or just finding a home for a lost pup, the pint-sized pack always go big. The creative crew jump into action when they see a problem, inspiring young optimists to do likewise–or to just unwind with a light-hearted story. Raccoon River Kids Adventures series, Chapter book, Realistic fiction, Story elements: setting, plot and character development, female main character, problem and solution, illustration enhance meaning and tone, Comprehension strategies: compare and contrast books in a series, identify changes from beginning to end of the story. Themes: friendship, determination, community service

Review by Publisher Summary 3

“It isn’t fair that our town doesn’t have its own theater,” eight-year-old Hannah complains. A lot of thinking, planning, dreaming, and list-making later, and Hannah – along with the kids of Raccoon River – are up to their ears in a brand new project: saving the town’s old abandoned Plaza Theater. But first, they have to get a look inside. It’s spooky—spider webs and creaky floors, and one slowly-swaying stage curtain. Can the Plaza be saved?Although the kids may not be able to fix plumbing or install new lights, sew curtains or patch holes in the roof, they can raise money. In a boastful moment, Hannah pledges that they will raise $2,500.00 – the price tag for some special equipment they want to donate.But now with only three weeks to go before opening night, it looks like they are not going to reach their goal. Unless they get big help from unexpected places.Lauren L. Wohl tells a story of determination and hard work, cooperation and more than little bit of luck where the kids of a small town make a real difference in their community, the first sequel to Blueberry Bonanza in the Raccoon River Kids Adventures series. Mark Tuchman illustrates the action with characterful drawings that enrich the tale.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A lot of thinking, planning, dreaming, and list-making later, and Hannah – along with the kids of Raccoon River – are up to their ears in a brand new project: saving the town’s old abandoned Plaza Theater. But first, they have to get a look inside. it’s spooky – spider webs and creaky floors, and one slowly-swaying stage curtain. Can the Plaza be saved?