Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street

Written by Roni Schotter • Illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker

Reviewed by Marissa K. (age 8) and Ariel E. (age 8)

Have you ever experienced "Writer's Block"? Writer's Block is when you can't think of anything to write. This is what happens to our main character Eva because nothing ever happens on 90th Street. She is looking for something dazzling to write about 90th Street. She is sitting on her stoop hoping for something exciting to happen. Suddenly a man named Mr. Sims, the actor and neighbor, comes and gives Eva advice. The advice is: "The whole world is a stage and everybody plays a part." Then he walked away. Suddenly Alexis Leora turned up at the doorstep right behind Eva. She also gave Eva advice. This time the advice worked. The advice was: "Ask yourself "What if?...." (Alexis Leora never smiles.) So Eva says "what if" all day. Just then Mrs. Friedman and baby Joshua strolled down the street close to Eva. (Baby Joshua held a red ball in his chubby hands.) The pizza delivery man came down the street toward all of them. Baby Joshua dropped his ball into the delivery man's bike and the pizza man crashed into Baby Joshua's ball. Quickly, Alexis Leora came to rescue him. (That was the first time she ever smiled.) Eva learned something can happen, but you just don't notice it. Also never give up . Stick to your work! Because after all something can happen. We can't tell you the rest of the book but we can tell you to go to Barnes and Noble or any other book store and purchase this book.

We liked the book because of the characters' actions and how they react in different ways.

We noticed some of the illustrations are photographs. Writer's block sometimes happens to me (Marissa) but then something crazy happens like a frog jumps on my porch and I go on a writer's journey! (That was really true!) I (Ariel) think writer's block can be helped by thinking very, very hard about new ideas.

Wow, that was a great book!

Marissa K. and Ariel E. are students in Mrs. Mayer's 2nd Grade Class
2001-2002