Posts Tagged ‘school stories’

The Short but Brilliant Career of Lucas Weed by Chrissie Walker.

March 12, 2018 Comments off

lucas weedThe Short but Brilliant Career of Lucas Weed by Chrissie Walker. Pub. Scholastic, 2018.

New writer Chrissie Walker won the Tom Fitzgibbon Award for first published children’s novels with this out there story of a boy with the unusual name of Lucas Weed.

Many would be down trodden with a name like this and 10 year old Lucas feels the pressure. He is new at Fernwood school and is approached by bullies on the first day. Lucas has the gift of the gab so when the bullies suggest a practical joke in the classroom Lucas sets his very fertile imagination to work.

After success in four pranks and a couple of film clips on Youtube, Lucas is touching legendary status and becoming addicted with success. But is it all worth it?

Lots of silly stuff going on, super glued bums, 200 metre dashes in a girls dress with red undies on show and a meeting with the Prime Minister.

Chrissie Walker has her own style featuring highlighted words throughout the text with different sized fonts. The narration technique is unique and the action and thought processes of the characters involved, keep the reader interested.

Aimed at middle school and junior primary pupils with high boy appeal.

Dork Diaries Book 6: Holiday heartbreak by Rachel Renee Russell

June 3, 2013 Comments off

DorkDork Diaries Book 6: Holiday Heartbreak by Rachel Renee Russell. Pub. Simon $ Schuster, 2013.

I have already reviewed a Dork Diaries book earlier in this blog and decided to put the latest one on the blog because it is such a laugh with appeal to reluctant pre teen girl readers and they exist. It is not just the boys.

Nikki keeps a diary of her life and she always talks about her home life especially her younger sister Brianna who has a furtive imagination and her school life. Chloe and Zoey are her closest friends and very supportive friends they are and they won’t let her get away with wooly thinking and acting.

Number one enemy isĀ  Mackenzie a shark in lip gloss, skinny jeans and platform heels. Mackenzie is the type of mean rich girl that seems to haunt American High schools. This time she wants Brandon, the near perfect boy, who likes Nikki and she has a crush on him. Oh heartbreak!

Valentines Day dance is to be a girls ask the boys dance. There is drama ahead. Not only that they have to elect a teen princess at the dance. Who will win? I hope it is not Brandon.

Easy to read with high girl appeal. It is a wet day and I had no problem in putting it all aside for this novel.

Big Nate: What Could possibly go wrong? by Lincoln Peirce

May 14, 2012 Comments off

Big Nate: What Could possibly go wrong? by Lincoln Peirce. Pub. HarperCollins, 2012.

This is for those readers who like the Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney but prefer to read graphic novels or comic book style books.

They have the same sense of humour and boys in particular are going to love them.

Nate is a street wise kid. He knows how to handle adults although doesn’t always do so successfully. He has a sharp wit, takes risks and has a sense of the bizaare. In many ways he is like Charlie Brown except that he oozes confidence.

He lives with his father and elder sister and all the incidents that happen are either in the home, with his school mates, playing basketball or baseball or at school.

Nate is 11 years old and he likes a girl called Jenny but she has no time for him. His attempts at wooing her bring a lot of laughs that adults will appreciate.

The best laughs come in his relationships with his school teachers particularly the fierce but fair Social studies teacher Mrs Godfrey, the art teacher Mr Rosa and the Principal Mr Nichols.

Comic strip style graphics and speech bubbles. Very readible and appealing to primary and intermediate students.