Mango Delight by Fracaswell Hyman, 219 pages. Sterling, 2017. $7.
Language: PG; Mature Content: G; Violence: G.
BUYING ADVISORY: EL – ADVISABLE
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
Mango and Brooklyn are best friends united against the “cell belles.” Then Mango beats both Brooklyn and the cell phone queen at track practice, and Brooklyn’s jealousy gets the best of her. She causes Mango’s dad to lose his job and attempts to humiliate Mango at the musical audition. Instead, her audition video goes viral and the cell phone queen wants to be her friend. Mango accepts her birthday invitation and suddenly it’s a game of who’s using who.
Kids who crave characters with the same school struggles they experience will enjoy this book. Jealousy, backstabbing, fake friending, and the social ramifications of cell phones all play prominently in the plot. Mango’s character is an excellent role model to teach kids the right way to handle social pitfalls. Character diversity well represented.
Valerie McEnroe, Media Specialist