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Ava and Taco Cat (Ava and Pip #2)

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  113 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
Ava desperately wants a pet for her eleventh birthday-but gets way more than she bargained for when she adopts T-A-C-O-C-A-T.

When Ava Wren hears about an injured yellow tabby with mismatched ears, she becomes obsessed and wants to rescue him. She even picks out a perfect palindromic name: T-A-C-O-C-A-T. But when Taco joins the family, he doesn't snuggle or purr-all he does
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (first published April 1st 2015)
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Jun 06, 2015 Sam rated it really liked it
Huge thank you to Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Netgalley for this ARC!

I was a huge fan of Carol Weston's Ava and Pip last year. I thought it was just such a fantastic and humorous portrayal of sisterhood. Colour me surprised when I found out that Carol had wrote a sequel, this time about Ava and her new cat companion, Taco Cat.

Once again, Carol Weston does this amazing job of putting us in the mind of a young girl, and she keeps Ava in character. Sometimes it's awkward to read first-person middle
Jun 14, 2015 Magdalena rated it it was amazing
All Ava Wren wants for her eleventh birthday is a cat. In particular, she wants the injured honey-colored cat that she heard about from her mother, who works at the vet's office. Ava's parents give in and get her the cat, which she names Taco Cat because it's a palindrome name. Ava loves palindromes and word games; she and her sister Pip are, as Pip says, "word nerds". In fact, they're writing a book together called Alphabet Fish. When an author who is visiting her class agrees to look at the ...more
Apr 21, 2015 Alana rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading this with my 8-year-old daughter who suggested we rate it "100 stars" instead of just five. :)

Here's her review:
It's a really good book and I really liked it. It's sad and happy. But it's really good. It's a good story and has fun palindromes in it. LLAMA MALL is a palindrome. READ THIS BOOK!
Received this book from the publisher on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 stars.

I was so delighted when I found out that we were getting a new book about Ava, as I said in my review for the first book, I was hoping for a sequel! And we did!

This time it is about Ava's new cat, how she got him and how she took care of him. But, that is not the only thing it talks about. It talks about growing up (since Ava is slowly reaching puberty and it also talks about things like periods and abo
Jezire C Akin
Nov 18, 2015 Jezire C Akin rated it really liked it
Carol Weston has a way of making language and writing fun for middle grade aged kids. She does it again in Ava and Taco Cat. Ava once again shows how big her heart and mind are when she adopts a quirky cat which she names T-A-C-O-C-A-T because it makes the perfect palindrome.

What a fun way to incorporate aspects of language and writing into a story for middle grade kids. Ava wanting to adopt Taco Cat despite his dramatic past is sweet and encouraging and I think a good message for kids. Taco is
Susan  Person
Jun 15, 2015 Susan Person rated it really liked it
Second book in the series and I liked it even better. Ava has always wanted a pet, so when her mom comes home one day from the vet clinic where she works and tells the family about an injured cat that was brought in, Ava somehow knows that this animal is meant to be hers. Conveniently enough her birthday is just a few days away, so she begs and pleads and tells her parents that she doesn't want anything other than the cat. At first her parents, especially her mom, are reluctant, but the whole ...more
Mar 07, 2016 Nayuleska rated it it was amazing
As a cat lover this tale moved me to tears a lot. Ava is definitely besotted with Tacao cat, I felt her heartache when Taco Cat wouldn't go anywhere near her or her family: I have a rescue cat who can be quite anti-social, which is hard when all I (& Ava) want to do is hold her (& Taco Cat) close and show how much we love them. Her obsession with palindromes was fun to read about, it was her coping mechanism for all the obstacles she had to face.

It was hard to see Ava struggle with Pip
Mar 13, 2016 Tanja rated it really liked it
Charming story and actually the second book in the Ava and Pip series, but my first encounter with Ava. I love her chatty, outspoken and warm personality. I have always enjoyed books written in diary format and know that many of my primary students do too. It seems I never have enough recommendations and look forward to putting this series into the hands of my readers. I have no doubt, the books will be a success. As a cat lover, I was especially fond of this book. One of my favorite places in ...more
May 06, 2015 Steph rated it really liked it
This was much cuter than I had predicted it would be. I love that each of the characters stand out and have their own issues, but it's none of them are too unrealistic so kids will still be able to relate to it.

My one gripe is that it is written a bit babyish, possibly geared toward a third grade girl audience, but the girl is in fifth grade and mentions uncomfortable things like boobs and kissing. It just so easily could've been left out… I think many of my fifth-graders would roll their eyes
Jun 16, 2015 Geebowie rated it really liked it
what a charming little book. Ava finally gets the Pet she has been wanting when her family rescues a cat. but the cat Taco is not what she expected he is aloof and skittish. Ava needs someone in her life because she feels he best friend is slipping away form her. If you love stories with cats in them you will most likely enjoy this book.
The Styling Librarian
Ava and Taco Cat by Carol Weston – Realistic Fiction – what a wonderful celebration of poetry through this book… and a beautiful story about good intentions and tough decisions. I appreciated the storyline about how a friend is branching out and making new friends
“If I ever had to be stuck-stranded!-overnight somewhere and I could pick where, I would definitely pick a cozy bookstore.”
Sarah Jeffrey
Apr 19, 2015 Sarah Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
This was a delightful book that I devoured in just one weekend! The palindromes and word-nerd trivia were so interesting that I couldn't wait to find the next one. The issues that Ava faces will resonate with readers of all ages and I think we can all learn from her triumphs and tribulation. Great read!
Heydi Smith
Oct 29, 2015 Heydi Smith rated it really liked it
A beautiful work of literature. I love the ending about "when you're generous, it comes back to you." Also all the Palindromes at the end were great too.

This book would compliment A Snicker of Magic, also an inspiring piece of literature about loving words and finding a place to call home.
Rachel Erdmann
Jun 29, 2015 Rachel Erdmann rated it really liked it
This was a funny and great book. I usually wouldn't pick this book up inte book store to look at (because it's not my type of book), but it's good to read a book once and a while that's not your genre. My Grammy got this for me for my birthday. I'm really glad I read it, because it was a great book
Ava is back and this time she has a cat. Always great fun to read someone's diary and Ava has lots to write!
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Written entirely in diary entries by a girl obsessed with palindromes and other wordplay . . . and her newly adopted cat. Sequel to Ava and Pip.
Sep 03, 2015 Leslie rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Cute, clever, and a wonderful sequel to Ava and Pip. A list of palindromes at the back is a bonus! Young readers will love reading about Ava and her family and friends once more.
Chloe Walton
Jan 21, 2016 Chloe Walton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone age 8+
Recommended to Chloe by: this website
I really love this series and this author. i recommend this book for anyone who likes animals and word humor.
May 16, 2015 Jayna rated it really liked it
A cute engaging story that is educational, too. My students loved the palindromes and began thinking of new ones all the time.
May 06, 2015 Emilia rated it it was amazing
Loved it and cant wait for more it definitly has a T-O-P-S-P-O-T on my book shelf it was W-O-W
Aug 15, 2015 Lily rated it it was amazing
Great story I would totally read this book again!!!!!!!
Oct 13, 2016 Hailey rated it it was amazing
This book was SOOOOO amazing!!!! Now one of my favorite cat books along with The Nine Lives of my Cat Zook and the Warriors series! I can honestly say that Warriors is becoming a little old, so Ava and Tacocat may have just passed it up. I can relate to it SOOO much! Palindromes(which I love as well) and the "girl talk" kind of mentioned
Feb 13, 2016 Jenna rated it liked it
Shelves: series, middle-grade, 2016
I received Ava and Taco Cat from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

How’s this for timing? My cat Brigitta died the day after I downloaded Ava and Taco Cat for review in January. She was 15 and I knew she was sick and getting worse and we had been to the vet for bloodwork that day, so I knew there was a possibility she wouldn’t live much longer. But I had resigned myself to the realization that she wouldn’t be with us next Christmas. I wasn’t prepared to say goodbye the next day.

So I was
Aug 15, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
What an absolutely adorable story this was! Apparently this is the second in a set, with the first book revolving around Ava Wren, and her sister Pip. Which I didn't find out until after I'd finish this particular story. I can assure you, Ava and Taco Cat reads perfectly fine as a standalone. If anything, it actually made me want to seek out the other book as soon as possible. Ava and Pip are simply the sweetest, and the perfect example of what sisterhood really looks like.

Truth be told, Ava her
Katie Fitzgerald
When Ava's mother, who works for a veterinarian, comes home talking about an injured cat her boss has been treating, Ava is devastated to know that an animal is suffering, and she wants nothing more than to adopt the poor creature as her own. Eventually, after the cat goes to a shelter, Ava's parents decide to allow Ava and her sister Pip to adopt him. In keeping with their family's theme of palindromic names, they christen the cat Taco Cat. While Taco takes his time warming up to his new home ...more
May 11, 2016 Samantha rated it it was ok
In Ava and Taco Cat, novelist and advice columnist Carol Weston brings the palindrome-loving heroine of Ava and Pip back to the page—this time with a cat!

Ava hates sad animal stories almost as much as she loves word games, so she’s upset when she hears about an injured, homeless cat who was brought to the vet’s office where her mother works. She thinks about the poor cat all the time, and even picks out the perfect palindromic name for him: T-A-C-O-C-A-T. But when her dearest wish comes true and
Jul 02, 2016 Jen rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastically clever book about a girl obsessed with palindromes and other literary devices. (Note: TACO CAT is spelled the same backward and forward). It reminded me of the feelings I had reading The Phantom Tollbooth as a kid, expect it's grounded in reality instead of fantasy.

Ava and her family adopt an abandoned cat soon called Taco Cat. Unfortunately, though Ava wants to shower him with affection, he's skittish - she has to learn to be patient while he slowly warms to his new home
Nov 29, 2015 Diane rated it liked it
"I started thinking about words on screen vs. words in books. Like, with texting or Facebook, you can read what people are thinking right that very second. But with books, you can read what people took ages to think about."

Ava's mother comes home talking about a cat that was brought into the vet clinic. After hearing the sad story, Ava immediately knows that they should take this cat in. Her mother resists, not wanting to have any animals around the house. But Pip and Ava sneak into the pound wh
May 01, 2016 Mandy rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
It's been a while since I read the first book in this series, so I didn't remember too much about the plot. This book could really stand on its own though. Realistic middle grade fiction about a girl dealing with the everyday issues that come with this age-- she sometimes gets along with her sister and sometimes doesn't, her friends are making new friends, she's becoming more serious about writing regularly, and she wants a pet cat more than anything. As you may guess from the title and cover ...more
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Carol's next novel is SPEED OF LIFE. She recently wrote AVA AND PIP, AVA AND TACO CAT and AVA XOX (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky). The New York Times Book Review says AVA AND PIP
is "about sisterhood, but it's also a love letter to language." ( Carol has been "Dear Carol" at Girls' Life for 24
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