Two Wrongs Don't Make A "Wright":

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Release Date: 
December 1, 2010
Precious Moments
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Written in the first person, Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Wright features Katie Bennett telling the reader how her family has moved to a town in Wisconsin after her dad accepted a new job. Katie finds it hard to fit in, so she decides to start a club. Calling it the “Precious Girls Club,” she soon makes new friends and, together, they use their talents to help others.

Katie is excited when her school starts a program called Chores for Change Coupons. The students sell coupons in exchange for odd jobs, and the money earned is to go to new playground equipment. Whichever student raises the largest sum will win a computer, which is something Katie really wants.

After moving, Katie’s dad gives her a snow globe with an angel inside. Katie names her Faith and confides all her thoughts to her, believing her to be her guardian angel. She becomes totally real to Katie—even though no one believes that Katie really sees her. When Katie reveals her concern that her classmate, Jenny McBride will best her in the contest, Faith advises Katie to trust and believe God is watching her and everyone else.

One day, Katie’s teacher announces the two top students who have sold coupons. Sure her name will be announced, Katie hears her teacher name Molly Malone with the second highest amount, and Jimmy Thatcher selling the most. Katie has earned more than Molly, but she does not begrudge the girl’s winning because Molly is blind.

The plot next turns to Ronald Schmeltzer, the class bully. Ronald beats up the other kids to make them do his classwork. Concerned about him retaliating, no one will report Ronald’s behavior, and everyone does his bidding out of fear.

How will Katie handle her competitive nature as well as bully Ronald? Using the story of Daniel from the bible, Katie’s Aunt Ella gives them some useful advice and lessons about faith.

The charming illustrations, reminiscent of Precious Moments statues, add flavor to this tale, though the overuse of exclamation marks detracts from the flow. In addition, the shifting of topics and a specific mention of a tornado that has no relevance to the story both cause confusion. Finally, veering from the coupon contest issues to the those involving the class bully slows the course, and the lessons of faith are so intense as to make the tale overly preachy.