Saturday, October 16, 2010

Ratfink by Marcia Thornton Jones

Publisher:  Dutton Children's Books
Pages:  160
Source:  Library
Genre:  Middle Grade Realistic Fiction

This is a book most kids will be able to identify with.  The fear of being laughed at is a universal fear.
Logan's grandpa is losing his memories.  Logan is afraid he will doing something to embarrass him.  It isn't long until Emily the new girl finds that embarrassing item and uses it to try to blackmail Logan into finding and divulging a secret his best friend Malik has.  This would be a great book to read to a certain point and then pose the question to students, "What would you choose to do if you were Logan?"  It also brings up the themes of friendship, family, and so many more.  This is definitely a book to be added to my shelves.

(The opinions expressed here are mine and not of the Cybils panelists)

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