Ava and Pip

Carol Weston (Author)


Age Level: 10 and up - Grade Level: 5 to 7

Meet outgoing Ava Wren, a fun fifth grader who tries not to lose patience with her shy big sister. When Pip's 13th birthday party turns into a disaster, Ava gets a story idea for a library contest.

But uh-oh, Ava should never have written "Sting of the Queen Bee." Can Ava and her new friend help Pip come out of her shell? And can Ava get out of the mess she has made?

"A love letter to language."--The New York Times
"Charming! Surprising! Inspiring!"--Karen Bokram, Founding Editor of Girls' Life
"An endearing story about two very different sisters."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"A big W-O-W for Ava and Pip!"--Julie Sternberg, Like Pickle Juice On a Cookie
"Ava Wren makes reading and writing so much fun, she deserves a T-O-P-S-P-O-T on your bookshelf."--Dan Greenburg, author of The Zack Files and Secrets of Dripping Fang

Great for parents and educators looking for:
A heartwarming read incorporating messages of sisterhood, identity, and helping others

Product Details

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publish Date
March 04, 2014
5.85 X 0.84 X 8.27 inches | 0.73 pounds
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About the Author

Carol Weston is a writer and speaker. She is the author of For Girls Only, Private and Personal, and Girltalk (Fourth Edition) as well as four Melanie Martin novels for younger readers. She's also the Dear Carol advice columnist of Girls' Life. Parenting says Carol Weston gets girls and Newsweek calls her a Teen Dear Abby. Of For Girls Only, USA Today wrote, There are so many dumb advice books that it's a pleasure to find one that really works. Carol has been a guest on Today, Oprah, The View, and other shows and has spoken at many schools both as an author of novels for elementary school kids as well as an advice giver for middle and high school kids. A Phi Beta Kappa Yale graduate with an M.A. in Spanish, she can give a talk at your school in English or Spanish. She now lives in Manhattan with her husband, daughters, and feisty cat Mike.


"Ava is a winning protagonist... Helping others helps you too' is Weston's essential message, and her story ably illustrates the point." - Kirkus
"Family dynamics, friendship tangles, and finding one's voice are among the topics Weston deftly juggles in this diary-style series debut... palindromes, similes, and a running emphasis on creative writing will excite readers. " - Publishers Weekly
"Carol Weston is no stranger to the way young people interact with one another. Her insight into how it feels to be shy, how it feels to be ignored by your parents and how to make friends make her characters pop on the page... Ava's voice is so unique, energetic, and poignant; she will stick with readers even after they finish the final page.
" - KidsReads
"Readers will relate to Ava's situation, doing the wrong thing for the right reasons to protect her sister. But it is how she remedies the situation with Bea's help that will have readers cheering. Fans of diary-style novels will enjoy this story, and readers who love to play with words will be searching for more palindromes." - Booklist
"You're gonna fall head over heels for the new book Ava and Pip." - GirlsLife.com
"This book is fun and educational while being realistic too. It portrays schools for what they really are - buildings often filled with kids who like to pick on others - and offers a way to deal with such a thing. It also emphasises how important words are, and how anything written down can be there forever, always ready to rear its positive or negative head. " - Wondrous Reads
"This is an excellent book for children to read by themselves or for parents to read along with their children. Teachers and counselors can use the book as a discussion builder on the power of words and of misinterpretation. I give a Y-A-Y for Ava and Pip." - Good Reads with Ronna
"Weston perfectly captures the complexities of sisterhood...This is a book about sisterhood, but it's also a love letter to language" - The New York Times
"[An] easy-to-read, upbeat, and humorous book... Older elementary and middle school readers will recognize the issues addressed and will appreciate Ava's indomitable spirit and her good-natured handling of them. " -