The best Fortune Tellers Club yet


Juniper creates a whirlwind of contention when she innocently shares her fortune telling hobby with the kids in her class. One mother's displeasure at the idea of fortune telling at school has neighbors taking sides, with the school board having to

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Presents the idea of book banning and censorship in a believable story. This book could lead to an interesting discussion.

Content Awareness Factors:


Young Reader Reaction

I really liked the book and its premise. I like the fact that they talked about book banning and why it is wrong.

Parent Reaction

One of my favorites in this series. I love the fact that the author uses present-day situations regarding book banning and specifically refers to Harry Potter as one book that has got a lot of people upset. The librarian is a wonderful sub-character in this book and probably serves as Enderle’s own voice of reason.

Type of Book:
decide whether or not to expel Juniper. This is the seventh book in the Fortune Tellers Club series.
Educational Themes:

This book touches on book banning, censorship, the First Amendment, integrity, popularity, and hypocrisy, all great topics of discussion for junior high and middle school kids.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 12
Age of child:
read by an 11-year-old
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. Good discussion about how sometimes doing the right thing may not always be popular.

Title The Burning Pendulum

Fortune Tellers Club, Book 7

Author Dotti Enderle
Publisher Llewellyn Publications © 2005
Illustrators Kevin R. Brown
ISBN 0738704350
Material Paperback
Cost $5.00
Genres Adventure, Friendship, Mystery
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