Friday, September 18, 2009
By Paul Fleischman, ill. David Roberts
This new Easy Reading book draws on caper films like Ocean’s Eleven for its quirky cast of characters, each with their own highly specialized skill set. This is married with a tale of student revenge on a teacher who crosses the line to create a fun story illustrated to terrific effect without straying into Graphic Novel territory. The overall feeling is of something familiar and cinematic, yet original and refreshing in the category this book fits into. You’re definitely rooting for the underdog kids here, and kids in grades 2-4 are pretty certain to love it for the combination of kid superiority, suspense, and humour.