For my first book off my summer reading list, I choose We the Children by Andrew Clements. I figured it was short and I could get through it pretty quickly. I was right. I finished it in a day reading it on the train.
What I loved most about the book were the sketches. Throughout the book are sketches based on the events of the chapter: an old man, a wave, Benjamin Pratt himself. I also liked that the text wrapped around the images. If the waves went up and down, the text followed it. My favorite was the wrecking ball sketched that broke through the words on the page as it would the wall of a building. Awesome!
The story itself was simple enough. Not complex, but definitely a plot line that could hold the attention of middle grade readers. What I also liked was the ending. You knew a sequel would follow if not a series, but it wasn't a cliff hanger. Sometime those are the worst, being left hanging. I understand the appeal of them as they guarantee purchases of the next book. But the fact that this one was a subtle end to the first book of a series actually made me appreciate it more.
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