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Martyn Godfrey.
Toronto, ON: Scholastic-TAB, 1988.
160pp., paper, $3.95.
ISBN 0-590-71954-8. CIP.

Grades 7-9 / Ages 12-14

Reviewed by Patricia Fry.

Volume 17 Number 2
1989 March

This is the third book in the "Ms Teeny Wonderful" series and, as you might expect, all the familiar characters are back having another adventure. This time, the action takes place in Ottawa, where Carol Weatherspoon (Ms T.W.) and her official "escort" and long-time good friend Wally Stutzgummer are representing Canada Woman magazine at a BMX conference. Of course, Carol's rivals for the title - the hated Campbell twins - are back as well and are up to their usual petty pranks designed to annoy the heroine.

Just to liven up the plot, there are two new characters - one very macho and obnoxious BMX champion who dislikes Carol on principle (the "girls cannot ride bikes" type) and a real Middle Eastern prince who instantly falls in love with Carol and presses her for a long-term engagement until she's old enough to become one of his wives (apparently the custom in his country).

Carol is not your typical beauty contest winner, but then this contest with its "Ms" title isn't too typical, either. This reviewer would have felt more comfortable if the author had found a vehicle for Carol other than the in-fighting world of the beauty contest (witness the stereotyped jealousy of the Campbell twins). That's why I was rather relieved to read that Carol had crowned another thirteen-year-old to take her place as Ms. Teeny Wonderful. My relief was short-lived, however, as I read that another magazine was thinking of holding a Ms Teeny-World contest for girls in junior high. Guess who is going to be entered as Ms Teeny-Canada? To quote Carol, "I'm not sure I'm ready for another beauty / talent / charm contest," but this book has enough strengths to warrant a place on your modern-series shelf.

Patricia Fry, Toronto, ON.
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