Plot, energy and humor will appeal to kids of all ages

The Water Fight Professional (Fun 4 Hire Book 1)
Angela Ruth Strong
Ashberry Lane Publishing 2014
Print Length: 105 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9893967-8-3
Price: $7.99 paperback / $2.99 eBook
Age target: Grades 2-4, but older will still enjoy it.

waterfightprofPublisher’s Synopsis: I, Joey Michaels, am the Water Fight Professional. Basically this means that customers pay me to soak other people. But my super-competitive best friend is sucking all the fun out of summer. All because I made a secret bet with him.

Winning the bet wouldn’t be so hard if I didn’t have the following three problems:
1) My dramatic mother who feels the need to schedule every moment of summer
2) A surfer-dude mailman who can’t keep deliveries straight
3) The annoying neighbor girl who all my friends have a crush on

If I lose … ugh, I can’t even tell you what I’d have to do. I’d rather lick a slug!

My Take: I enjoyed this book from the first page. The plot is delightful: who wouldn’t like to get paid to have a water fight? The antics of Joey and his friends and family made me laugh and the energy in the writing kept the story moving. The setting of the book is Boise and is sure to make Boise students loyal fans. To make sure I wasn’t assuming too much, I gave it to my eight-year-old great-nephew and he loved it. Eli said it was exciting, and that he’d even reread it. High praise indeed. I’m hoping Ms. Strong is already at work on sequels because she has a winner on her hands.

My Rating: 5 out of 5

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