by Henry Clark
Little Brown & Company
I know, you're probably starring wide-eyed at your computer in utter shock that I'm actually writing a book review. It's shocking to me as well. Let's see if my old brain* can remember how to compose a thoughtful, coherent book review...here goes!
|cover art courtesy of Follett Titlewave.com|
The story line is creative, and Clark embeds so much learning in the book - everything from chemistry to history - and he does it seamlessly. Young readers will learn so much from this book without knowing they're learning. I can see students wanting to learn more about various subjects because of this book.
I truly enjoyed this book. I stumbled across it thanks to Amazon. During my first year working in an elementary library, I realized that my library is focused on books for beginning readers (k-2) and intermediate readers (5th & 6th grade). My poor 3rd & 4th graders have very little they can read in the library. So this summer I concentrated on trying to find books that fit their needs. What We Found is almost one of those books. I'd say this book is about perfect for 4th grade or an advanced 3rd grade reader. It covers all the difficult topics: being bullied, feeling left out, trying to fit in, and doing the right thing. And it covers all these topics with equal parts of humor and brevity. I would recommend this book for just about any student 4th through 6th grade, and for their parents - it would be a great dinner conversation piece.
*Totally typed "brian" there. Yep, my brian (brain) is officially old.