Brendan Buckley's Sixth-Grade Experiment,
This review is from: Brendan Buckley's Sixth-Grade Experiment (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.