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Author: Elaine Kittredge

Illustrator: Cyd Riley

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Publisher: Optext,

Material: paperback

Summary: Jimmy, a 12-year-old, is discovering a new way of learning. By listening and observing he sees beyond this world, but is immersed in it more than ever. This is a book about self discovery and growing up.

Type of Reading: independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read youreself: 10 to 12

Interest Level: 8 to 12

Age of Child: na

Young Reader Reaction: not available for teen review

Adult Reader Reaction: The premise is great, and the book moves smoothly, but it put me to sleep after a couple of pages every time I picked it up.

Pros: The story offers kids a valuable lesson in raising their awareness about the world around them. This is a nice introduction to teaching kids to look at the world and ask questions in their effort to "figure it all out."

Cons: None, really, except that it kept putting this reviewer to sleep.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow or skip it. There are lots of great books for this target group; this one isn't among them.


Educational Themes: The book is designed to reach kids at their level, offering them an avenue of exploration that has no limits.

Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, nature, middle grade

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2005

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