Making Mistakes on Purpose

illus. by Elise Primavera. 160p. (Ms. Rapscott's Girls: Bk. 2). ebook available. Dial. Sept. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780803738249.
Gr 3–6—The fall term at Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents is just beginning, and the girls are back for more Rapscott-style learning and lessons. After being packed and shipped in convenient, self-addressed boxes (because their parents are just so busy), the girls magically fly to the school. The girls are sent into a tailspin of learning led by the ever-positive Ms. Rapscott and her two faithful corgi assistants, Lewis and Clark. This year's curriculum includes How To Cure a Case of Hurt Feelings, How To Share, and To Go Far in Life You Must Get Used to Disappointment. Although there are plenty of lessons to be learned along the way, there is an underlying theme of understanding others and oneself. This sequel to the popular Ms. Rapscott's Girls is full of quirky humor. Primavera uses the same soft pencil artwork seen in the previous volume to sketch the tale into life. Here the characters become further developed and relatable. For those who read and enjoyed the first installment, this sequel enhances the story, gives deeper life to characters, and provides a greater depth in the novel's setting.
VERDICT Purchase where there are fans of the first book.

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