The Adventures of Ralphy and the Awesome Trio
by Linda D. Vagnetti
Zimbell House Publishing

"Anyway, we finally became ungrounded, but we didn’t go back to Mackinac Island. When we got home, I wrote down the adventures to tell at school. Our stories were becoming infamous."

Ralphy, Jabber, and LeBean are a trio of best friends. They are all very different, but they also bring out the best in one another. From their adventures fishing at the lake to getting lost in the woods at Boy Scout Camp to sneaking into a haunted house, these three friends will always be there for one another, even after their fight over fruit trees at the state fair.

We are first introduced to Ralphy, who cannot seem to keep himself out of trouble for very long. After Ralphy moves to a new town, he meets Jabber, the “science nerd” of the group, who is always explaining the scientific reasoning behind every pickle the boys get into. As the boys are playing in the woods, they discover an abandoned house where they find LeBean who has run away from his foster family. LeBean is adopted by a new family, and the three boys spend every minute together testing new scientific theories, fishing, and tormenting their older sisters.

Vagnetti creates a group of friends from different backgrounds who come together to form an unbreakable bond, serving up a book that is culturally relevant for all types of readers. Although this trio of boys always finds their way into trouble, Vagnetti creates a sense of comradery among them and shows how they bring out the best in each other. Kids will love the trio’s sticky situations, and parents will appreciate the lessons that the boys learn from these adventures. Ralphy, Jabber, and LeBean’s escapades create a timeless story that readers of all ages will enjoy.

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