- Age Range: 8 - 14 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 9
- Lexile Measure: 630 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: jimmy patterson (July 23, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316524786
- ISBN-13: 978-0316524780
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Scouts:
"A little Goonies, a little Stand By Me, and all heart, Scouts is that special kind of book that makes you feel like you've made new friends. I loved every second of adventuring with Annie, Beans, and the rest of the gang."―Sarah Beth Durst, award-winning author of The Girl Who Could Not Dream
"Greenland spins a tale that is part Goonies, part Stranger Things, and 100% fun! Set in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Scouts is filled with chuckles, supernatural mystery, and out-of-this-world adventure!"―Kristin O'Donnell Tubb, author of The Story Collector series and A Dog Like Daisy
About the Author
Shannon Greenland grew up in Tennessee where she dreaded all things reading and writing. She didn't even read her first book for enjoyment until she was twenty-five. After that she was hooked! When she's not writing, she works as an adjunct math professor and lives on the coast in Florida with her very grouchy dog.
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I’m a 4th grade teacher and mom to 3 (12,9,8), so this book is aimed at a target audience I spend a lot of time with.
While in the end I gave it a 3-star, I think many young readers these days would give it 4 or 5.
It’s an uncomplicated book with a basic lesson in friendship, a bit of coming of age, all set to a backdrop of a credible local adventure. This is the kind of book that would have gotten me out of my house and looking for a mystery to solve.
This book is a pleasure read, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
However, it could have been better.
The language wasn’t very rich in this book. Not much figurative language at all. Action words that seemed destined for particular characters. Extremely basic character descriptions, which I always feel mixed about. On the one hand, any reader can picture themself in the story. On the other hand, I can’t get a visual on any of the characters really.
And this is set in 1985. Do I hate this year? Nope. But with an exception of maybe 6 or so time marking artifacts being name-dropped, this could have been set in any time.
And of those 6 or so references the author included an early mention of a Guns N’ Roses t-shirt in the book (set in summer of 1985 when the band only formed that year and didn’t have a contract until 1986) and a near-end reference to hand sanitizer (first consumer version was Purell but not until 1988). Am I details snob? A bit. These were glaring to me because I was around the same age in the mid 80’s as these characters and I definitely remember the artifacts that were referenced.
Would modern readers care? No. So then why bother setting it in 1985 other than stripping out the use of modern technology?
Finally, if you’ve ever watched Goonies then it will find some very, very tightly connected story elements. I mean VERY.
I didn’t love nor dislike the book. It was okay for me and certainly a pleasure read for most. I don’t think I could recommend it at the 4th grade level (despite several very advanced readers in my class) because of some of the language. Themes are clearly MS and some late elementary girls would like that.
Overall, it was an okay book and would make a good summer read for the 6-8th grade crowd. I would probably recommend pairing it with Goonies afterward and having a good compare and contrast conversation about theme and narrative elements ;)
This book, Scouts, is not by James Patterson but it is part of his Jimmy Presents Series. James Patterson is well known for his books, which includes the witch and wizard series. But I've read some other books that were more "realistic tech" oriented like "House of Robots" which is lighthearted and fun. This book, Scouts, reminds me of "house of robots". While its written by Shannon Greenland, whom I've never heard of, it sounds a lot like James Patterson in the ways that the characters interact.
Scouts is a very well put together story. It reads smoothly and never drags. The suspenseful moments are well written and never flop. The story easily held our interest.
While the story centers around the search for a fallen meteor, its really about these kids who are going through the pains of growing up. They are between childhood and the teen years. They have their insecurities and problems, some of which are self inflicted: Moving away from their friends, dealing with a new step parent, fearing loss of friends, and making the transition from a tomboy to a teenage girl are just a few of the gentle scenarios that our fun and spunky kids deal with on their journey to find the meteor.
As a "journey" story, the kids work their way through a variety of fresh and interesting side quests. These always seemed cool and fun, and somewhat suspenseful.
At the end of the book all is explained, much like a "scooby doo" mystery.
There are a few moments where you have to suspend your disbelief. The hillbillies of the story create recurring side stories but really cross the line with the kids, for example, but in doing so create a fair amount of suspense. I suppose its all congruent.
The characters are believable, although they all are kind of one-dimensional stereotypes to some degree. This is probably a good thing as my son isn't ready for characters who behave erratically or contradictory ways. The characters do grow and mature throughout the book, which is a huge plus in my opinion.
Overall I would really recommend this book. One of the best stories I've read by a new author. I guess Patterson really knows how to pick them.