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Monday 14 January 2019

Review: The Susie K Diaries Show Stopper! (Book #3) and Happy Camper! (Book #4)

Susie K likes maths and science and crossword puzzles.

She likes playing with Bones, her model skeleton, and hanging out with the school fish, George.

Susie K is super smart and a great problem solver, but Susie’s mum thinks she can be… more.

Susie K’s mum is always looking for the next big opportunity for Susie to be the best she can be, and in books three and four of this great junior fiction series, these next big opportunities include a talent show and a camping trip.

In Show Stopper, Susie K’s mum signs her up for the school talent contest, even though poor Susie has no talents at all. 

Susie K tries everything and seeks advice from everyone, but she doesn’t have even one single talent. 

What will she do when the curtain rises for her part of the show?

In Happy Camper, Susie K’s mum sends Susie K on the school camping trip, even though Susie really, really doesn’t want to go. 

In the uncharted wilderness, Susie K’s survival skills are tested, but will she be named the Queen of the Jungle?

These books are great for junior readers. 

Told mostly through dialogue in a graphic novel like style, and with illustrations packed onto every page, they will appeal to kids just starting to read or kids who like to go slow and explore both words and pictures.

The stories are fun, fast-paced and filled with adventure, and they teach kids that everyone is different, but it is our differences that make each and every one of us awesome.

For kids aged seven to 10, the Susie K series is a great choice for junior readers who like funny adventure stories. 

And don’t forget to check out our junior review for book one in the series, Life of the Party, and our 12 Curly Questions interview with author Shamini Flint.

Title: The Susie K Dairies Show Stopper (Book #3) and Happy Camper (Book #4)
Author: Shamini Flint
Illustrator: Sally Heinrich
Publisher: Allen and Unwin, $9.99
Publication Date: January 2019
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781760523701 / 9781760528287
For ages: 7 - 11 
Type: Junior Fiction