THE WORLD ACCORDING TO KALEY by Dian Curtis Regan (Darby Creek, 2005)

Mr. Serrano has asked Kaley to write essays about world history, and she’s filling her notebook with them–doodles and all. She’s including FACTS and footnotes and graphs and maps (okay, with maybe a little urging), and, more importantly, she’s including her unique and spirited interpretation of times past. Meanwhile, Kaley has a home to find for a puppy, adjust to her new baby brother (not sister!), and deal with her messy cousin Cal. Smart, funny, vulnerable, and energetic, Kaley’s notebook is a first-rate read, and that’s a FACT! Ages 9-up. More on this title from Cynsations.