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The Spring Un-Fair (The Secret Knock Club series) [Kindle Edition]

Louise Bonnett-Rampersaud , Adam McHeffey
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When the members of The Secret Knock Club learn that the spring fair will be without a dunk tank, they decide to raise money to rent a tank. Agnes, as usual, comes up with a Big Idea - a rock band concert. She’ll be the vocalist, the other club members will provide the music. But can Agnes sing? Do the others know how to play instruments? And what if Principal Not-Such-a-Joy’s dog “has an accident” in the tank as he did the year before?


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  • File Size: 2415 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (December 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TX6EEW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,034 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK story, obnoxious main character February 15, 2013
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The early chapter book genre seems to be very active these days. This is the second volume of another potentially long running series, this time about a group of kids who call themselves the Secret Knock Club. For this type of book, the writing is decent and it hasn't settled into formula yet (which could be a nice change of pace for parents reading this to their kids). The story follows Agnes, the lead character, as she interacts with the classmates, teachers and family in a plan to throw a concert to fund a dunking booth at the spring fair. While the plotting is well done, the book runs into problems in the way it has Agnes interact with others. Simply put, she's a brat, yet everyone around her, including classmates, tolerates her and lets her have her way. Despite being self-centered and inconsiderate to the point of being delusional, Agnes doesn't really ever have to own up to her bad behavior. The jokes about adults aren't really that bad, and alone would've been a fine way to add some humor to the story, but Agnes is also bad friend to her classmates. The only redeeming aspect to the way she acts is that its bad enough to be bedtime conversation about how friends shouldn't act. Overall, the variety of a new series isn't worth having to deal with the bad example set by the lead character.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quirky character January 3, 2013
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The second book in the series puts more emphasis on the main character, Agnes Mary Murphy. I assume this character is named after the author's deceased grandmother because of the dedication in the opening pages. I met Agnes in the first book of this series, and her character is more fully developed in this story using the same vivid language. I found the story enjoyable mainly because it did not show as many disrespectful adult comments as in the first book. Unfortunately, the author still talks about her dead grandfather and Principal Not-So-Much Joy. She comments that her substitute teacher's " back of the head looked like a soft serve ice cream cone...a vanilla and chocolate swirled one." She tells us that her Grandma "Bling" is "not the knitting kind". There are many malapropisms to chuckle at. I prefer children's literature that fosters a respect for teachers and adults, not those that make them out to be buffoons. However, this book would be enjoyed by a third grader. The illustrations enhance this story, adding to the visual effect of the humor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Falls flat March 4, 2013
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I will start by confessing that I have not read the first book in the "Secret Knock Club" series. I'm not entirely sure how that affected my enjoyment of this book. On the one hand, the author went out of her way to catch us up on events in the previous book (to the point that it might actually be tiring if you have read the first one). On the other hand, I didn't get much of a sense of character development, other than the narrator and main character Agnes (more about her in a bit). I don't know whether the other characters were more developed in the first one or not, but this book felt rather like the Agnes Show, with the other characters serving as props.

The humor and style of writing seem that this book should appeal to the target audience (early to middle elementary school kids, girls more than boys perhaps). It features a situation that kids would be able to relate to: school officials have decided that renting a dunk tank for this year's Spring Fair is too expensive, thereby turning into the "Spring Un-Fair". The book features a plucky heroine who sets out to right the wrong and restore the Spring Fair.

I say "should appeal", but I'm not entirely sure that it will. The book did not appeal to me, but then, I'm not the target audience. It also didn't appeal to my six-year-old daughter (who stopped listening after about three chapters). For one thing, Agnes is simply not a terribly likable character. She's bold and brassy and, frankly, irritating. Her best friend is her best friend because she was jealous over a boy. Huh? She spews out rather unflattering comments, such as calling her substitute teacher a "nut" without explaining the crazy chain of "logic" going through her head.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Spring Un-Fair March 2, 2013
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This follow-up book to _The Dyno-mite Dog Show_ has Agnes and her friends discouraged that the annual school Spring fair isn't going to feature a dunk tank this year. It simply costs too much for the school to rent one. They meet together in the clubhouse in Agnes' backyard to try to figure out a way to get their favorite fair feature back. They decide that the best way to raise the money is to start a band and have a rock concert. But Agnes really starts letting her self-appointed lead singer role get to her head. Then something happens that could ruin everything.

This would be a good follow-up book in the series, but it's marred by the fact that it lifts direct passages from the first book. As examples, three identical paragraphs appear on page 28 of _The Spring Un-Fair_ and pages 27-28 of _The Dyno-mite Dog Show_. Four identical paragraphs are repeated on page 21 of _The Spring Un-Fair_ and page 13 of _The Dyno-Mite Dog Show_. Three paragraphs are almost verbatim on page 56 of _The Spring Un-Fair_ and page 15 of _The Dyno-Mite Dog Show_. These aren't the only instances of repeated text.

Even though books in the same series often refer back to events, it's not parroted like this in a copy-and-paste type fashion. While these explanations were cute when mentioned in the first book, reading exact portions of the first book in the second book is like having a bad case of deja vu.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Spring UN- Fair ( The Secret Knock Club)
The reason why I gave the book 5 stars was because, I loved the story. I would recommend this book to my friends!!
Published 2 months ago by Shane P. Daniels
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
5 stars it was awesome and I will have to read it again very soon and then I'm not going to stop reading
Published 7 months ago by Maya Milan lyric Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and funny! Perfect gift.
Engaging and funny! Characters that are relatable and are sure to keep the readers entertained. Perfect gift for a 2-4th grader you know.
Published 10 months ago by Sabrina
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Published 11 months ago by Terry W. Soriente
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
This book is simply that .... fun. We all remember the challenges at school..fundraisers , relationships , teachers , tests et al... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jim Z
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book!
I didn't read this, but my 7 year old's review is that the book is "cool" and "fun." I think that's a great review!
Published 15 months ago by B. McCarthy
1.0 out of 5 stars Story about Agnes a rude nasty girl that I do not like, and am ashamed...
Not a good book for kids to read unless you are going to use it as a guide on how not to act. The lead character Agnes is just plain rude to everyone, children and adults, and they... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Enchanted In Dixie
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny!
The Spring Un-Fair by Louise Bennett-Rampersaup is the second book in the Secret Knock Club series. This book follows Agnes and her Secret Knock club. Read more
Published 17 months ago by S. Power
3.0 out of 5 stars Better Than the First Book in the Series, But The Characters are All...
I ordered both this book and The Dyno-Mite Dog Show (The Secret Knock Club series) at the same time, hoping to find a new chapter book series that my 6 year-old would take an... Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars engaging for young readers
These are fun well written books. This is the second book in the series and so far both are enjoyable. I have a 7 year old granddaughter and the age range seems about right. Read more
Published 17 months ago by M. Wolf
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