Second grader Carolyn struggles to master the loops and slants of cursive handwriting and become a “Handwriting Star” like her classmate, Stacey Coolidge, whose “fancy-smancy” handwriting earns her the reward of playing with Frederick, the class hamster. Even though Carolyn tries hard and practices every day, instead of curves and slants on her paper, she ends up with smudges and holes. Her teacher, Mrs. Thompson, reassures Carolyn that her handwriting will get better and better with practice over time. She also explains that the imaginative and creative ideas Carolyn writes down are important, no matter how they are written. In the end, Carolyn’s hard work and persistence earn her the privilege of taking Frederick home with her over a long weekend. This book is one of the titles in the “The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses” empowerment book series and offers positive messages about learning differences. It teaches children to believe in their own individual efforts and to persevere towards a goal. Illustrations are lively. This book is highly recommended as a read aloud for elementary- and intermediate-age children.