51sthkvc3al-_sx258_bo1204203200_On the morning of his class’ talent show the main character in And Two Boys Booed marches bravely into class and takes his place in the last chair. As he waits his turn he reminds himself how ready he is. He’s practiced a billion times. And he’s wearing his lucky blue boots and his pants with cool pockets. On page after page he repeats the same refrain and adds one more bit of confidence to his story.


It is his turn to stand and sing before the class.

The author, Judith Viorst cleverly shows us the main character’s fear and determination through her skillful use of language. She shows us that the more nervous he gets the more tongue tied and twisted he becomes. The words to his song are slipping away! Sophie Blackall’s illustrations enhance the story greatly.

Which will win in this tale? Fear? Or courage?

And Two Boys Booed was published by Margaret Ferguson Books of Farrar Straus Giroux in 2014.

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