Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel

illus. by Ashley Spires. 128p. ebook available. HMH. Feb. 2017. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780544630635.
Gr 2–4—June has a dog, Sammy, whom only she can hear talk. Her older teenage sister, Isabella, is too old to play with them anymore, so June and Sammy go looking for a new friend to join their crew and share their motto of "Fun! Friendly! Full of Adventure!" Finding a friend is not easy, but it just so happens that a new neighbor, Mae, has moved in across the street. With the help of the Wonder Wheel, a game sent to June by her grandma Penny, June sets out to discover if Mae is the friend they've been searching for. In 28 short chapters, with cartoonlike illustrations, the narrative moves quickly and ends happily.
VERDICT A pleasant addition about making new friends; hand to independent readers who enjoy animal and friendship stories.

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