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Author: Wendy Mass

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Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, �2008

Material: paperback

Summary: Three random kids - Ally, Bree, and Jack - have nothing in common. They are from different places but they were brought together to watch an eclipse. During this trip, all three of them learn something new about themselves. Later on, each accepts the truth about who they are ... all because of an eclipse. This is a middle grade story about three strangers whose lives are brought together because of a single event.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 10 and up; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 11 and up

Reading Level: 4.7

Age of Child: Read by a student at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, New Hope, MN. This was part of our Use Your ABCs classroom literacy project.

Young Reader Reaction: I picked this book because the name sounded good. The first chapter wasn't all that great, because it is told from three people's perspectives. I liked the book, but I didn't love it because for me, some of the parts were childish. I have never read a book like this, but it was fun to read. I didn't like Bree's attitude; it was just a little too snotty for me.

Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Pros: The book tells a story from more than one perspective. I liked that.

Cons: The children in the book seem all the same but at the same time different. This is a pro and a con.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book for sharing. Read it and pass it around. I think some of my friends would like this.


Educational Themes: This is a book meant for fun reading. Drawing on the three characters, you could talk about their feelings, emotions, decisions, and then guess "what's next."

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 6.7
The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - astronomy, friendship, coming of age, realistic fiction, young adult

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2010

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