June 29, 2010

I Put a Spell on You - by Adam Selzer

Do you love spelling bees?  How about mysteries?  School stories?  Friendship stories?  Stories about a new kid in school who tries to fit in, but is a little different?  How about stories in which the kids are not only smarter than the adults, but in which the adults are the ones causing all the problems in the first place? Come on, don't you like anything? Well, this book has a lot to like.

This is one of the best books I've read in a while!  I didn't even like it, I LOVED it.  Combine the school stories of Gordon Korman with the humor of Kate Klise, and teach your readers a bunch of fancy new words (like defenestrate - look it up), and give them a mystery that has parents attacking each other, and a competitive spelling bee with unexpected twists and turns, and you've got this winner of a story.  If you're an upper-elementary or middle school student who enjoys reading, find a copy of this book and read it.  Now.

Note:  I bought it mainly because of the cool Scrabble cover, though there's no Scrabble in the book.

1 comment:

Ms. Yingling said...

Selzer is really funny. How to Get Suspended might not be appropriate for your kids, but has the best parents in kid lit ever. And Connor's new book, Crunch, is definitely worth picking up.