Friday, April 3, 2020

Check It Out: Fool's Errand

Fool's Errand by Jenna Zark
The Beat Street Series #2
Middle Grade Historical Fiction

When her best friend Sophie goes missing, 12-year-old Ruby Tabeata has a choice: wait for her friend to come home or defy her parents and find Sophie.

Set during the 1950s Blacklist era when writers like Sophie’s mom were being jailed or fired, Fool’s Errand sends Ruby out of her city and her comfort zone.

With nothing to rely on but her grit and determination, Ruby has to outsmart the men chasing Sophie and her mom—discovering that whether or not you succeed, trying to save a friend is never a fool’s errand.

Read part one of this middle-grade Beat Street Series, The Beat on Ruby’s Street, to learn how Ruby’s story begins.

5 out of 5 fairies

Fool's Errand brings history alive. A dark time in American history, the witch hunts surrounding the fear of Communism. Told through the eyes of Ruby, a brilliant girl who will draw you into her life as if it were your own. The second book in the series, Ruby hasn't missed a beat (pun a little intended). Her spunk and smarts and loyalty are all that stands between her best friend and ruin. A brilliant adventure that will transport you back to historic NY.

Where to buy: Amazon

Add to your TBR list: Goodreads

About the Author: Jenna Zark is a columnist, lyricist, playwright, and novelist. Her first novel The Beat on Ruby's Street won the Gold Award in 2016 from the Wishing Shelf Awards. It is now joined by Fool's Errand, part two in what has become the Beat Street Series. Both books are for ages 10 and up. Jenna's play A Body of Water was published by Dramatists Play Service and produced at Circle Repertory Company in New York. Other plays were produced in the Twin Cities, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and elsewhere. As a former staff writer at Scholastic Choices magazine, Zark wrote extensively for middle school and junior high students. Zark is also a member of a lyricist’s collective in the Twin Cities. She’s still trying to figure out if it’s harder to write a play, a novel, or a song. To share your thoughts on that or learn more, please visit

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