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Brendan Buckley's Sixth-Grade Experiment

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  • Hardcover
  • ISBN-10: 0375899308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375899300
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Format: Hardcover
I have a marvelous middle grade book to share with everyone, Brendan Buckley's Sixth-Grade Experiment, by Sundee Frazier. It hit shelves on Jan. 10, 2012.

The Story: Brendan Buckley is starting his first year in middle school. He has a whole slew of friends, plus a new one, Morgan. He meets Morgan, a previously home schooled girl, at a rock club meeting. Now, she will be going to his school too, and he is not sure what he thinks about it.

At school, Brendan and Morgan get paired up to work on their science project. Together, they come up with a biomass experiment involving cow manure. As they work together, buds of romance begin.

At home, Brendan has other problems. His dad always seems to be gone, either studying for school or on shift as a police detective. Plus, his parents are trying to adopt a baby, and everything at home needs to be perfect for the adoption agency.

My thoughts: A great middle grade read, perfect for children. I love the fact that this is a multi cultural book that fits in universally with all kids in middle school. When I first started reading, I was amazed at how smart Brendan seemed to be, but the more I read, the more I wished I'd been that smart at 11. The stuff he does seems remarkable; he knows so many facts and excels at both school and Tae Kwon Do.

This is a superb book full of first love angst, family relationships, best friend drama and coming of age themes. I highly recommend it. The plot runs smoothly and seems very real to life. The characters are also very real; I could picture a family just like Brendan's living down the street from me. Brendan is also a great main character. The author does a good job letting the reader into his world. When his pet anole dies, you feel his sorrow.

This book should be on the shelf at every elementary school.
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Format: Hardcover
Brendan Buckley's Guide to the Universe by Sundee Frazier has been a book I have recommended to students for a few years. I feel like some of my students could really relate to Brendan, who has a white mother and African American father. Brendan's mom has no relationship with her parents because of her decision to marry a colored person, and although Brendan doesn't really know any different, there is a relationship with his maternal grandparents that he is missing out on.
Although Frazier never meant to write a sequel to this novel, Brendan Buckley is back in Brendan Buckley's Sixth Grade Experiment. In this novel, due out in January, Brendan meets a girl who is just as interested in science as he is.The two team up to enter a science competition and find a very smelly idea to explore. Although Frazier did resolve some of the issues with Brendan's maternal grandparents in the first book, this installment has Brendan wondering if he and his father can ever have a close relationship. He feels as though his dad doesn't "get" him and the two clash about a variety of things. And, Brendan is growing up. As a sixth grader he is a bit more mature than he was in the first book and starting to think about girls.
I like Brendan as a male role model, and I feel like he is a great character for my boy readers who enjoy school and are more academically inclined. Brendan is a boy much like them.
Frazier included a lot of scientific information she wanted to highlight at book's end. Since Brendan is a scientist, I am sure that Frazier either enjoys the subject herself, and/or also did a great deal of research for this novel.
While Frazier initially stated that she had never planned to write a sequel about Brendan, I am glad she has, and would be happy if future novels about this intelligent boy were to be written.
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Format: Hardcover
Like the first book, this sequel is amusing and meaningful. Brendan is every bit as admirable and real this time around and it's fun (and funny) to see him interacting in his school environment. Both science and social themes are strong and the underlying current of family provides a realistic backdrop to the story. He and his dad are struggling to understand each other and their relationship is well portrayed. Brendan isn't always a perfect kid, but he's energetic, enthusiastic, conscientious, and engaged with his world--it's pretty hard not to enjoy reading his story.
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By Disappointed Boy on October 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I Love it. It's an interesting book to read. It looks like it is a very inspirational book to read.
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