Crunch by Leslie Connor - book review
First up: Crunch by Waiting for Normal author Leslie Connor...
Crunch is a pleasant, feel-good story of a family living through a gasoline crunch (kids today are too young to remember when there was such a thing so educators might want to drop a little background knowledge on them before starting the book). Crunch follows the stock "get rid of the parents to move the plot" format. Protagonist Dewey's parents are stuck hours away without any gasoline in sight while Dewey and his siblings are left to care for each other and run the family bicycle shop (which is, of course, booming due to the gas shortage). Ms. Connor throws in a mystery (who is stealing from them?) and a cast of pleasurable characters. An easy, feel-good realistic story for the 4th - 6th crowd.
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Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age: 9 - 12
Themes: Family, Mystery, Perseverance, Honor
Publisher: Harper Collins
Date: March 2010
Borrowed from school library
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For a discussion guide, an author interview and a few other treats, visit the publisher's website: Here.
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