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Atticus Hobart couldn't feel lower. He s in love with a girl who doesn't know he exists, he is the class bully's personal punching bag, and to top it all off, his dad has just left the family. Into this drama steps Mr. Looney, a 77-year-old substitute English teacher with uncanny insight and a most unconventional approach to teaching. But Atticus soon discovers there's morAtticus Hobart couldn't feel lower. He s in love with a girl who doesn't know he exists, he is the class bully's personal punching bag, and to top it all off, his dad has just left the family. Into this drama steps Mr. Looney, a 77-year-old substitute English teacher with uncanny insight and a most unconventional approach to teaching. But Atticus soon discovers there's more to Mr. Looney's methods than he'd first thought. And as Atticus begins to unlock the truths within his own name, he finds that his hyper-imagination can help him forge his own voice, and maybe just maybe discover that the power to face his problems was inside him all along....

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ISBN : 9780310746423
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Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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The Looney Experiment Reviews

  • Janie Johnson
    2018-12-06 10:09

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I find that I don't give too many review books higher than 3 stars very often, but this was good. I was actually surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did since it was a middle grade book. I am so glad that I got the opportunity to read this one. A very small book with a huge story to tell.This a story of Atticus Hobart who seems to struggle with everyday life. He is in love with a Audrey, but lacks the courage to let her know. He is also bullied by Danny Willis who thinks he is better than anyone else, and on top of all of this, his dad has just left the family to think things out. Then Mr. Looney, a 77 year old substitute English teacher, makes his way into Atticus's life. At first the class just thinks he is this crazy old man, but Atticus and his class soon sees a different side to Mr. Looney's crazy teaching as it shows Atticus what the meaning of courage is.I found this to have a really good plotline and a very realistic story to tell, that is both heartfelt and sincere. I found the story to be very engaging and very easy to read. Bullying is such a huge problem today that really just needs to end, and books like this can both encourage those who are bullied and maybe deter those who are the bullies. I also liked how the ending was not glamour and glitz, but a more realistic approach to what 'really happens' and not that feel good fake kind of ending.I really liked the character of Atticus, mostly because of how realistic and believable he is written. He is your typical bullied kid who really sees no way out of the situation he is in. I love how he gradually begins to see things in a different light. There were a lot of good characters in this book, all of them very believable and well developed.

  • Cheryl
    2018-11-17 08:15

    I was looking forward to reading this book because I was in the mood to laugh. I did not find laughs with this book. In fact, I had to check about three times to the back of the book on the reference for the age group/category that this book was listed for. It is listed as Juvenile Fiction/Social Issues/Adolescence. This is a good thing as there was the use of swear words and lots of bullying. With the current issues of bullying in the world I would suggest only older, mature readers read this book. Although again, I have to say that for me, I did not find anything funny about this book or the characters that interesting. I stuck it out to about half way because I wanted to see how Mr. Looney lesson to teach Atticus would relate to the book, How to Kill a Mockingbird. however between the swearing and my lack of connection with the characters I could not finish this book.

  • Yo Leo Ficción Cristiana
    2018-11-18 07:00

    RESEÑA COMPLETA EN ESPAÑOLYoung adult book suitable for all audiences.Sometimes fiction books that have bullying as the center of the story, are very sad and dramatic, but this is the exception to the rule.Atticus Hobart is a character who suffers because of the bad things that happen to him, but the help of Mr. Looney, he learns to see life in a different way.If you have read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, then you know that there is a connection between the two protagonists, but if you haven´t read it, don't worry because you can learn from the hand of Atticus, the meaning of his name and what means to be an Atticus.This is light reading but full of humor and valuable lessons. I loved the evolution of history and the end. I think it's an excellent example of how to young adult books because is as entertaining as impacting.The author, Luke Reynolds, has done a magnificent debut with this genre and I'm anxious to read his next book.-I recieved a book through BookLookBloggers in exchange for my honest opinion, so this fact didn't influence the review-

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-26 05:21

    This book was a treat to read. I was completely in love with the messages in this book. And this isn't just for kids - adults can love this book too!Luke Reynolds is spot on with the voices of his characters. Spot on! He had me rooting for Atticus and Mr. Looney. I laughed in all the right spots, wanted to tear out Danny's eyeballs (until I understood his character), and wanted to be Audrey. The best compliment I can give is the one where I think this book should be available to all middle school age kids. I'm going to buy a copy for the library in my town and our middle school. All kids should read this book, and their parents also. I received an advance copy of this book from BookSparks for my honest review.

  • Teresa
    2018-12-08 06:02

    While the book started off a little slow for me, it was easy to warm up to the eccentric Mr. Looney and the good-hearted Audrey while cheering on Atticus, the main character who is going through a difficult period in his life. Kids will easily identify with Atticus even if they're not going through similar issues (such as parental separation and school bullies) because Luke Reynolds makes him a sympathetic character. There are many touching truisms in the book that had me nodding in agreement. The hopeful ending is realistic and doesn't too-neatly tie up loose ends. It's a well-written debut novel.

  • Tj Shay
    2018-12-06 08:12

    I give this book seven out of five stars. This is a book kids NEED to read. Courage....love....hope all come together in the perfect realistic combination. I loved this book and I think it's so important for kids to read."Doing what's good is never about trying to be a hero; it's always about being exactly the person you are-- the best version of who you really, really are...and anyone can do that, no matter what they're up against." Luke Reynolds from "The Looney Experiment"

  • Lou
    2018-12-10 11:06

    This. Book.I don't even know where to start.Actually, I don't have more words to say but: please people, READ THIS BOOK!I love this book so much!! ❤️

  • Bridgett Brown
    2018-12-18 07:14

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.Very good book. Age range 11-15Synopsis- 8th grader Atticus Hobart has it pretty tough. Not only is he bullied, but he has an overactive imagination (to the point of seriously distracting). Add the fact that his dad just up and left his family, and you can see why Atticus doesn’t know what to do now. When his English teacher takes off for maternity leave, and a crazy seventy-seven year old man named Mr. Looney is their substitute, he takes the class by surprise and teaches in a completely unpredictable manner, helping the students unleash their inner selves. Atticus soon finds out that there is more to meets the eye to Mr. Looney!***This was a great story. It was very realistic with problems that are encountered by children regularly. It was an easy read and will capture the interest of the middle grade student.

  • Celestria
    2018-12-16 05:58

    I got 91 pages in before giving it up. I just couldn't get into it at all. I considered taking a break from it to read the other unread library books sitting by my bed, and then coming back to this one to try and finish it (because I usually try really hard to complete a book, even if I'm not crazy about it.), but then I decided I had wasted enough time on The Looney Experiment already. Time to cut my losses and move on to something I know I'll actually enjoy. (Ranger's Apprentice book 10 is waiting, people!!)

  • MrsK Books
    2018-11-29 13:12

    Atticus is intelligent, his imagination is like a script waiting to be published. He is kind, compassionate, and being bullied. Middle school is difficult for everyone, yet this year in particular is made of the stuff that would cause "cracks" in his schemata about life. This year the bullying goes beyond words... this year his father needs a "Figure-Myself-Out" leave of absence ... this year he realizes that a girl friend is no longer just a friend... this year he discovers the strength with in... because this year Mr. Looney comes as a substitute to his middle school English class.At Levy Field, Atticus knows that he "stinks" in baseball. Danny the bully, creates the worst possible atmosphere every time he goes to bat. Atticus becomes Fatticus the boy who can't play ball! Oh how he wishes he could pay back Danny, the bully machine, or better known as "Fanny" in his imagination."So, my life is pretty much a mess, and into all of this confusion comes areally, really, really, really old guy..."Could you imagine, right away all Mr. Looney does is stare. Not just at the class but up close and personal in each of their faces. Is he some kind of a psycho? Is he mentally unstable or legally insane? Wait.. what, did he really stare me down and then "wink?"On the second day of class, Atticus arrives to an emptied classroom... including no teacher. When no one shows up, the class is "stunned" into silence... that is until a loud crash brings in loud jungle sounds. Far back in the classroom a door opens and in comes Mr. Looney... "... wearing these ratty jeans... some kind of tie-dyed T-shirt... carrying a huge wooden stick... and hunched over...""What the heck?!" Once Mr. Looney begins making noises, animal sounds, and made up words ("OOO-SHI-MONGOOO... OOO-SI-MONGOOO... KACHICHI... KACHICHI!"). The craziness gets out of control."I am seventy-seven years old. I have taught forty-nine years of students just like you.And I have learned one thing. Only one thing."Atticus is on the edge, hooked by the best hook... what Atticus discovers is... Who he is afraid of. Why teachers are never around when you need one. Why an author writes a book. The definition of a father.Where courage comes from. How to use his voice in class. How to revise his thoughts. What's beneath the surface of what "we" show others. When life is about being the best version of himself. When something is broken it can always be redeemed. Healing Having a story worth telling.Read to discover the inspiration and courage that Atticus would like to share,MrsK http://mrskbookstogo.blogspot.com/

  • Christina
    2018-12-04 10:02

    A great anti-bullying book for middle school readers (including 6th grade); short, funny, and packs a good message in disguise. 8th grader Atticus, shy, overweight and completely lacking in self-confidence, has an overactive imagination that takes over in times of stress and has him seeing everything from dead poets talking to hearing a stadium announcer narrate his life, to having a mental argument with his anthropomorphized baseball uniform. (They're hilarious, these exchanges!) He's stressed over his parents' failing marriage, and he's bullied severely by another boy in his class, teased and called "Fatticus." But with the arrival of a new substitute English teacher, things start to change. At first, the "older than dirt" Mr. Looney totally freaks everyone out, because he has some strange new teaching methods--like getting rid of all of the desks and chairs and just dancing around to jungle music! But gradually Atticus and the other students get to liking him, and Atticus forms a bond with him over the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, when Atticus learns that's where his dreaded name came from. (This is my only negative thought about this book--would he really have gotten to age 13 without knowing the origin of such an unusual name? I mean, he had no clue! What was his mother thinking? But I can see how the author needed him to be in the dark for plot purposes.) The bullying issue becomes severe and Mr. Looney's job is in jeopardy, but through the travails Atticus gradually learns how to stand up for himself and to speak up, especially in relation to the girl on whom he has a huge crush. So there's a lot going on in this little book, a great read for middle schoolers. It was obviously written by a teacher who loves kids; I wonder how many of Mr. Looney's teaching methods the author actually used in his classroom, they're pretty cool!

  • Doug
    2018-12-04 07:53

    I had never heard of the author Luke Reynolds before I read The Looney Experiment. And quite frankly, when I pick up a work by an author unknown to me, I am both anxious and worried. Anxious to uncover a great author, but worried that my time will be wasted if it turns out the writing falls flat. Luckily, I thoroughly enjoyed Reynold's The Looney Experiment!Atticus Hobart is a kid who just wanted to get done with middle school...hoping to be invisible to everyone. He's unable to find his own voice until Mr. Looney becomes his new English teacher. Now, this teacher fits his moniker perfectly. In the novel there are several great scenes depicting the classroom activities!While I am not going to regurgitate the entire plot for you (Why would I do that? Then you may never read it Or you could always look at another review for that.), this is a wonderful, quick read.What sold me was the character development of Atticus, the protagonist. He is developed in such a way that the reader quietly, then quite loudly becomes his personal cheerleader. The plot and characters remind me of a mashup of Wonder (RJ Palacio) and Touching Spirit Bear (Mikaelsen), sprinkled with a little innocent middle school romance. Atticus goes through so much in such a short period of time, it is difficult not to root for him.While the plot was cleverly crafted, I did not enjoy how much the theme of the story (standing up for yourself, having the courage to let others hear your voice) was repeated so overtly. While it is meant for middle school students and does a better job than other novels at showing a theme to this age group, it still could have been riddled throughout in a more creative, and less "hit you over the head" way.Overall, I recommend this novel to adults who enjoy young adult literature, and most students in middle school. Both boys and girls will enjoy this piece.

  • Charli
    2018-12-01 13:20

    I don’t normally read what is classified as Middle Grade Fiction, but something about this book spoke to me. Perhaps it was the fact that our main character and narrator Atticus Hobart is bullied and so were my best friend and I. Maybe not, but upon discovering that the book deals in a way with the topic of bullying, I had to read it and see what it was about.Atticus Hobart is a 13-year-old boy who is good at pretty much nothing except for imagining things. He is quiet, unassuming, and frankly, he’s picked on. Every school has its bully and Pitts Middle School has Danny Wills—son of the local Little League baseball team coach and the chairwoman of the school board. Of course, having his mother be the school board chair makes Danny think he’s hot stuff and can’t be touched for anything he does—including beating up on other students.When the 8th grade English teacher goes on maternity leave, Mr. Looney is her replacement. He’s a character all right, a seventy-seven year old man who feels his main purpose is to teach students something that traditional school learning can’t. And he does his job well, to be perfectly honest. This book doesn’t read as much like middle grade fiction as I thought it would. I was looking for something a bit more juvenile than it actually turned out to be. It’s a great read for any student who is middle grade or higher. Even some adults could learn something from this book. This book teaches how courage comes from within and that you don’t have to be the textbook definition of brave to actually be brave. I highly recommend this book for any middle grade or higher student—especially those who are being bullied. **I received this book free of charge from BookLook in exchange for my honest review.**

  • Tony Parsons
    2018-12-07 07:58

    Atticus Hobart (aka Fatticus) lives with his 2 parents: James Hobart (dad), Helen Hobart (mom) & his brother Adrian Hobart.Atticus like most kids nowadays has to deal with Danny Wills (bully, classmate), the school system & his dad leaving the family behind. He also has a crush on Aubrey Higgins (classmate) but is very scared to tell her.What other perils does Atticus have to deal with during the school yr.? As a retired school social worker the only thing I saw wrong with this book was it needed pictures. Kids love visual. Bully interventions I even did in elementary school. But I would recommend this book to MS age kids. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written MS-age family oriented book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great MS-age family oriented movie, animated cartoon or a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free Goodreads; MakingConnections; Blink (Zondervan Corporation); hardcover book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  • Caroline
    2018-12-09 11:07

    This was a very thoughtful and enjoyable read. I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could. When I find myself talking about a book to others around me while and after I read it, I know it's impacting me in positive and challenging ways.If I could give comparable tiles for this book, I'd actually liken it to something like the school-focused movie "Stand and Deliver" in many ways and even a little like "Dead Poets Society" in regards to the teacher (not necessarily so in plot, so don't worry). The teacher is an inspiring, interesting, unique character full of intrigue and wisdom (but wisdom shared in relatable and readable ways). The main character, Atticus, also offers much for readers to relate to -- he's not popular, he has struggles at home, he feels he's unable to please his father and finds it hard to connect with possible friends.The plot keeps the reader turning with action, questions, thoughtful observations and more. While this isn't a perfect book (I wondered why no one would see or hear one instance of bullying in the school ... noise carried very easily in the halls of my high school; the ending felt a bit rushed), it's one that could spark important and needed conversations for ages 13ish and up. The author weaves themes of bullying, acceptance, unconditional love, true community, the negative impact of seeking power, truth, and redemption in various ways. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher as part of the BookLook Blogger program in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Jalynn Patterson
    2018-11-29 07:53

    About the Book:Atticus Hobart couldn't feel lower. He s in love with a girl who doesn't know he exists, he is the class bully's personal punching bag, and to top it all off, his dad has just left the family. Into this drama steps Mr. Looney, a 77-year-old substitute English teacher with uncanny insight and a most unconventional approach to teaching. But Atticus soon discovers there's more to Mr. Looney's methods than he'd first thought. And as Atticus begins to unlock the truths within his own name, he finds that his hyper-imagination can help him forge his own voice, and maybe just maybe discover that the power to face his problems was inside him all along.My Review: When you are in middle school or high school if you aren't popular or athletic you are just ordinary and it doesn't pay to be ordinary. Mainly, because others will find you uninteresting and I think Atticus figures that out right away.Atticus is a typical 8th grader that feels he is unimportant. But before the end of this book you will see Atticus evolve into something more. It was fun watching hi and reading and seeing the journey he discovers and watching everything unfold.Truly a very good book that I know my boys will enjoy! Geared for 11-14 years of age, perfect gift idea this holiday season! My boys ages 10 and 12 are really looking forward to reading this book. I have half a mind to keep this one for myself.**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

  • Marissa Hope
    2018-12-07 10:12

    PG for mild language and bullyingRecommend to 10 & upREVIEW:I was very surprised by this book. I came into expecting a simplified, fast-paced story, but this book actually was beautifully written and delved into some impressive topics about life for a middle school read. I finished this in a day, staying up late to read it, and I will definitely be keeping this.Atticus has an amazing imagination, and I was glad the book ended on a good, albeit realistic, note. I also love how To Kill a Mockingbird played a roll in this book. I love it when novels mention or incorporate other works into their story.Highly recommend this book!If you have any kids, I definitely recommend you pick this up for them because I think they would really enjoy it and will blaze through this easy, thought-provoking read.DISCLAIMER: I received this book for free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.For my full review and Content Advisory, click here!

  • Tara Looney
    2018-11-21 04:52

    The Looney Experiment by Luke Reynolds not only caught my eye because of the title (I’m Tara Looney) but from page one I was hooked. I quickly fell in love with Atticus Hobart, the underdog. He had all the cards stacked against him as an anxiety ridden nerd who was not only the target at school but was having to faces battles at home as well. Then substitute Mr. Looney comes in to replace Mrs. Kathan during her maternity leave. He was like no teacher before. The kids were stunned and intrigued by his teaching methods and were tricked into learning unknowingly. Things began looking better for Atticus until one day the class bully took it to far and Atticus had enough. I highly recommend reading this with your class, with a small group or even adding it to your list of recommendation for 5-8 grade readers.

  • Robin
    2018-12-17 10:55

    What an interesting coincidence that I finally got around to reading this inspired work of fiction in the days leading up to the release of Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman." Why? Because the main character in the book is a boy named Atticus Hobart, who is in fact, named for Atticus Finch from "To Kill a Mockingbird." After being bullied by a boy in his class for a while, Atticus Hobart gets the courage to speak up not because of Lee's novel but the teacher who introduces it to his 8th grade English class. That was the only flaw in this novel: I didn't think many 8th grade students are taught "To Kill a Mockingbird." Other than that, I enjoyed getting to know Atticus Hobart, his younger brother and parents along with his friends and enemies.

  • Joe Perreault
    2018-12-05 09:18

    I was excited to read The Looney Experiment, and was not disappointed. This book tackles issues that are pressing and predominant in the middle grades. While I don't think that I will read this book aloud to my fourth graders, due to its more mature content that is inaccessible for some of my less mature students, I have already passed it along to some of the more mature readers in my class. The reactions have been astonishing and the book is being handed off regularly. The conversations that have arisen from topics this books covers have been profound and deep. For this alone I am grateful for The Looney Experiment.Well done, Luke.

  • Charity
    2018-12-15 10:12

    Check out: 5girlsbookreviews.blogspot.comREVIEW BY: Michaela, age 11 years, 2 monthsMAY CONTAIN SPOILER:This book is good, but very sad. I would recommend this book for older kids because it does have a couple of bad words in it, other than that it was good. My favorite character was Mr. Looney. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and, like stated above, I recommend this book for older kids, around ages 13 and up.

  • Heather
    2018-12-01 10:57

    Recommended Ages: 14-199Reading The Looney Experiment was like drinking my favorite refreshment on a hot summer day! Reynolds expertly finds a voice in his fictional characters Robert Looney & Atticus Hobart. This book is witty and fun, but yet does not fail to acknowledge that life is sometimes painful and unfair. Through Atticus and Robert we find that through the pain we often expose and cultivate courage needed to navigate life.

  • Konni
    2018-12-10 08:14

    Atticus feels all alone. His dad left, he never speaks in class and he is being bullied at school. But things change when Mr. Looney, the substitute, starts teaching "to Kill a Mockingbird." Atticus learns that he can be strong just like his namesake. Funny, poignant, sweet. This book will attract all realistic fiction fans and it's a quick read.

  • Karen
    2018-12-12 11:21

    Excellent book. Wonderfully written. It's geared toward middle grade readers, but I found it profound and emotional, nonetheless. The references to To Kill a Mockingbird feel so relevant to today's current events that I think it spoke to me even more.

  • Elizabeth Castro
    2018-11-30 13:21

    I literally couldn't stop laughing out loud when reading about Mr. Looney and his wild "jungle music." Luke Reynolds is a genius when it comes to character description and finding the correct teen voice. I loved The Looney Experiment's message and wished I'd read this book when I was a teen.

  • vvb
    2018-12-13 08:10

    Found this read to be inspirational with little triumphs.Loved the character development and growth of main character, Atticus, with some guidance from an unconventional teacher.Got me thinking of teachers who make a positive difference in children's lives.

  • Shannon
    2018-11-26 07:06

    Love love loveA story about facing real challenges. Atticus a worthy storyteller and reminds adults how confusing life can be when your young. Great read!

  • Jacob W
    2018-12-01 05:15

    I think The Looney Experiment was a good book, It showed courage and bravery near the end when Mr. Looney came to his classroom and let him read To Kill a Mockingbird. It brought Atticus into the world and made him make more friends and talk to more people. Atticus helped to try to not get Mr.Looney fired because of Danny.

  • Jaina
    2018-12-17 10:54

    This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.Hmm. This one looked a lot better in the description.I mean, it looks good, doesn't it? The synopsis makes it look like a sort of mix between Dork Diaries (or whatever it's called - Diary of a Teenaged something, maybe? I don't read them, in case you couldn't tell) and the Terupt books (which I have read - and loved!). I always like a good coming-of-age story, and books about kids with crazy-but-super-effective teachers are kind of my secret addiction. So I snapped The Looney Experiment up when I saw it available for review - and now I'm wishing I hadn't.Because for one thing, they swear too much. And fart too much. I get that Atticus and his classmates aren't little kids, but it's still a little excessive that they have to be using the A word all the time. And I can forgive some of the farting because Atticus' little brother is pretty young, but I still don't really enjoy reading about it. There's only so much family bonding over flatulence that I can stomach, okay?And in a way The Looney Experiment is meaningful - after all, Atticus learns some very valuable lessons from Mr. Looney! - but it also felt pretty fake. I mean, we're basically told (and not shown) that Mr. Looney is this awesome teacher, but all he really does is really nutty antics that shock his students into thinking he could be someone cool. To be perfectly honest, I would probably have behaved more like Danny than like Atticus when they all made a conga line and danced around the classroom.As for the girl - yikes! I feel bad, because I know that kitschy middle-school romances are part and parcel with reading MG these days, but I just couldn't really handle it. They're, like, twelve. I don't care if she's nice, she's still six years from reaching majority! When I was that age, I wasn't even thinking about romance, let alone crushing on guys or wanting to go out with them. Reading about Atticus' clumsy attachment to Audrey is cute in a way, but the whole thing just isn't handled well enough to keep me invested. I know it's possible for me to enjoy MG romances (just look at the Willow Falls books by Wendy Mass, or The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt - links go to my reviews), but there was nothing doing this time.I just don't know. I don't know who I would give this to, or why, or when. It's got some great themes and messages, don't get me wrong, but there are so many other books out there that cover all of this same material in a more tasteful way (or at least in a way that's more to my taste). If it looks good to you, go for it - maybe it's more your cup of tea than it is mine. But I won't be recommending The Looney Project in the future, and I'm donating my copy to the local book swap.Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book through the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for an honest review.

  • Marisa
    2018-11-22 05:10

    There are a lot of YA and middle grade books that revolve around "To Kill a Mockingbird." -I can name 2 others off the top of my head: I Kill the Mockingbird, and Sure Signs of Crazy.But this book was a quick read with a great message about courage. Courage comes in many forms and in many ways. Can't wait to booktalk this book to my middle schooler kids at the library