Monday, March 11, 2019

One-Third Nerd

One-Third Nerd. Gennifer Choldenko. 2019. Random House. 224 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: Fifth grade is not for amateurs. You have to watch yourself. Kids notice stuff. What books you read. What sports you follow. What devices you own. And how nerdy you are.

Premise/plot: Liam stars in Gennifer Choldenko's newest middle grade novel. Liam has two sisters--both younger--Dakota and Izzy. Dakota especially is a handful and a half. She is one hundred percent nerd. She loves, loves, loves science and experimenting. Izzy has 47 chromosomes and has some learning difficulties. His parents are divorced but everything is mostly amicable. The big drama in this one is about the family dog, Cupcake. The landlord is threatening to kick the family out of their apartment if they don't get rid of their dog. Can these three siblings find a way to save the dog?

My thoughts: I love, loved, loved this one. Choldenko is such a great writer. Her characterization is excellent. I loved spending time with Liam at school and at home. I loved his two friends, Dodge and Moses. It was just a TREAT to read from cover to cover. 

© 2019 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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