Liberty Aimes endures a life of dull drudgery until the day of the skunk attack. With the key to her father's laboratory, Liberty discovers several things, including comprehension cream and lifting soda, that aid her in escaping her home life. Her goal is school. Can she reach the Sullivan School before her dastardly father apprehends her and forces her to resume her previous life of drudgery?
What I thought: A fun story. I like Liberty and her adventures certainly are outlandish. The illustrations are lovely. Liberty's face and person match her personality perfectly. This book would pair well with Matilda by Dahl, Pippi Longstocking by Lindgren, and any of Polly Horvath's hunorous middle grade novels.
(Illus. Greg Swearingen. Wendy Lamb, 2009)