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The Year of Billy Miller Hardcover – September 17, 2013
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Billy Miller wasn't always worried that he wouldn't be smart enough for second grade. To be blunt, the idea never even entered his brain. Then he fell. It wasn't life-threatening or anything but that fall from a guardrail to the ground certainly gave him a bump on the noggin.Read more ›
It features Billy's fears and worries and accomplishments. School stories are very popular, but tend to either feature bratty girls or older kids facing different concerns than a younger elementary school kid. I love that Billy's problems are totally age appropriate, and examine the feelings -- not just the events of trouble or misunderstandings.
If you don't think your kid would go for a more heartfelt story (there's humor, too!), do it as a read-aloud. Even better, because it might open the door to discuss his fears and worries.
Billy is entering second grade and has doubts about his ability to handle it. On top of that, as the story progresses, he has concerns about a variety of other problems that can plague 7 year olds - like whether his new teacher likes him, how to address his parents in a more "grown up" manner, how to deal with anger at his younger sister, nightmares, and the list goes on. Now, this isn't a "problem" novel or a disguised parenting manual. It is an engaging sort-of-stream-of-consciousness novel in which an appealing decent kid expresses his hopes and fears and joys in an honest and authentic fashion. The author's genius is in expressing all of those thoughts in a convincing and not at all precious manner, in avoiding or at least completely refashioning all school story clichés, and then in arranging the action and developing the plot in such a way that Billy's various issues are addressed and resolved in a satisfying and usually touching way.
Treatment of all of the characters is generous. Billy's Momma and Papa are well rounded; sister Sal is alternately annoying and lovable; the teacher Ms.Read more ›
I thought if my son heard about how a kid's worries worked out well in a story, he wouldn't be anxious about starting 2nd grade. I believe this book contributed to his anxiety, and he ended up very anxious during the first month of the school year. In each chapter, Billy has a new worry. As soon as it is somewhat resolved (although not really fully resolved) by the end of the chapter, a new worry replaces it. It just seems like worry after worry, and the kid isn't able to look on the bright side or point out things he is happy about (which I can't blame him considering all his worries).
I wish the content, problems, and worries were presented better. My kids are very optimistic, they like to look on the bright side, and when they have a problem, they like to discuss options for solving the problem. I don't see Billy doing much problem solving. Perhaps Billy's problems are all solved in the end of this book, but we never made it to the end. My sons (7 and 6) asked me to stop reading it half way through.
I have been reading novels to my kids for years. They have never asked me to stop reading one before this one. I'm glad other kids seem to like this; unfortunately, mine did not.
The writing quality is excellent, and that's why I gave it 2 stars, but that is the only reason. I would give the writing 5 stars if I could review writing quality by itself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story of a second grader I plan to read aloud to my second graders.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great read-aloud book! I read this book to my 2nd Graders this year and they really loved it! Every chapter ends with my students wanting to know what happens next! :)Published 19 days ago by olivia rios
My grandson was super excited to receive his first own chapter book.Published 28 days ago by Angela Mase
Must read for all 2nd grade classrooms. It should be the first read aloud of the year!Published 2 months ago by Mary A. Obrien
As a librarian, I have a hard time recommending this book.....Reading level about 4th grade, but interest level maybe 2nd. Limited audience.Published 2 months ago by M. Fuka
Great for a young audience! Tackles situations that seem small for adults, but are huge for little ones. Very light, fun read.Published 4 months ago by Donna