Middle School: Ultimate Showdown by James Patterson
It is becoming necessary these days to provide reading that is presented the same way as web pages are. Kids today are used to flicking around here and there, acting on keywords that attract them and reading as little as possible to have fun.
It is called non-linear reading, as distinct from linear reading, in which the reader starts a book and progresses through it just as we have done since books were printed.
This book attempts a non-linear approach in which a brother and sister provide alternative chapters on life at home and at school. They are different with an accent on humour and on competition, which boys love. At the same time they invite the reader in to interact with the book and he or she can flick back and forwards depending on what interests them. Just like a web page.
I am sure boys will queue up to complete the Fart Flowchart which looks at the origin and intensity of farts – was it a SBD(Silent but deadly). At the same time it gives practical advice on what to do when assailed by bullies. Bullies are not the sharpest tools in the shed.
A good laugh that pulls in those reluctant readers at primary and intermediate age.