Title: The Critter Club: Ellie and the Good Luck Pig
Author: Callie Barkley
Illustrator: Marsha Riti
Publisher: Little Simon
Summary: Ellie and her friends have a club in Ms. Sullivan’s barn. They take care of animals until they can be placed in other homes. This story is about Ellie’s attachment to a little pig named Plum. Ellie is convinced that Plum is bringing her good luck. And when Plum goes away to live on a farm and Ellie’s luck changes, she is even more convinced until her friends help her realize that her ‘luck’ was really her own doing.
Literary Merit: Lively chapters with lots of little details.
Kid Appeal: Girls will enjoy this book more than boys, for the most part. (There are no male characters in the story, except the man who takes the pig to his farm.)
Disclaimer: This book was nominated for the 2015 CYBILS Award in the Early Chapter Book category. This review is shared as part of the Round One Judging. It is solely my own opinion and not influenced by any other parties.