I really liked this realistic fiction book but I thought it was a little long. It is about three boys who have a great teacher that gets cancer and needs to leave before the year is over. The boys plan her “best day ever.” The book changes perspective between the three boys and it is a little confusing at first because you have to infer a lot about what their lives are like and why Mrs. Bixby was so important to them. I give it 3/5 stars.
This fantasy book seems really real and that is why I liked it! It is about a twelve year old girl who has a very rare disorder where if someone calls her a name, the word appears on her skin. Nice words feel warm and ticklish, but mean words itch her and are uncomfortable. The protagonist is really embarrassed by this and tries to cover her words up. This book might seem like it is about magic, but really it made me think about how well I remember almost all of the words people have called me – the good and the bad. It makes you think about the power we have with each other and the obligation we have to choose our words carefully.
Ok… you don’t know me that well yet but I NEVER read books about kids and dogs because (Spoiler alert of life)
Usually the dog.
Sometimes the kid or someone close to them. I ALWAYS cry and promised myself not to do this anymore. The worst is when a book seems like it isn’t about a kid and a dog and then the author sneaks up on you when you are least expecting it and the dog dies. (Looking at you, Wonder!!!)
Nevertheless, every teacher I follow on Twitter was raving about this book. I saw the cute face on the cover all summer and just couldn’t do it. The week before school began, I gave it a try because I was already in a sad mood. I couldn’t believe my eyes- right there, in the very first sentence, the author tells the reader that Maxi dies! I thought, “Ok, so now I know. I can enjoy the story and won’t be so sad when it happens.” Well, I more than enjoyed the story. It is my new favorite book. I loved it and am thinking it might be even better than Wonder and it has a lot in common with that book – a main character who things are not easy for, precepts, hilarious moments, and a beloved dog. Please read it and comment on this post with your thoughts!
PS I still cried. Really hard.
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