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Summary: He doesn’t know or understand the strange things that have been happening to him, but Ben Floyd is certainly looking for solutions. Ben and his family get an opportunity to go to the Florida Keys for Christmas. Ben, his brother Cody, and new friend, Mica spend the holiday finding things to do to keep them challenged. This is a coming-of-age story narrated by the main character.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book, reluctant reader
Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 13; read yourself: 10 and up
Interest Level: 10 and up
Reading Level: 4.6
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is an exceptional novel for pre-teens and teens alike. Adrian Fogelin has mastered the art of capturing tweeners with terrific stories, believable characters, and a keen sense of humor. Her readers love her work and anxiously await the announcement of the next book by re-reading her earlier stories.
Pros: Once the reader opens the book, he or she will not be able to put it down until they reach the end.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. I would consider purchasing a hard copy of this book. The reason for the suggestion is that the book will be read and borrowed many times and a soft-covered copy may not survive the wear and tear
Educational Themes: This is a wonderful story that focuses upon the process of getting through adolescence without killing or maiming yourself or others. The plot, characters, locations, and challenges are familiar to the reader. The reader will marvel at how clairvoyant the author has become.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc. This is an unsolicited donation.
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