Title: ONE-THIRD NERD
Author: Gennifer Choldenko, ÉglantineCeulemans (Illustrations)
Pub. Date: January 29, 2019
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
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A funny, fast-paced, and heartfelt story from the Newbery Honor-winning author of the Al Capone series.
Fifth grade is not for amateurs, according to Liam. Luckily, he knows that being more than one-third nerd is not cool. Liam lives in the Bay area near San Francisco with his mom and two younger sisters. Dakota is fascinated by science and has a big personality but struggles to make friends; Izzy, a child with Down syndrome, makes friends easily and notices things that go past everyone else. Dad lives across town, but he’s over a lot. And then there’s Cupcake, their lovable German shepherd, who guards their basement apartment.
Recently, Cupcake has a problem–she’s peeing in the house. The kids need to make enough money to take her to the vet before their landlord upstairs finds out. And Mom and Dad have said if Cupcake doesn’t stop, they will find her a new home. But the kids will never let Cupcake go. Can they save her?
Review: I loved this adorable read! I loved Miss Choldenko’s Al Capone series and her ongoing theme so I knew going in that this book would rock. I loved Liam and his sisters and how even though his life is tough Liam continues to care for his sisters. Now my favorite character overall was definitely Dakota because I can relate to her and some of her struggles and I adored her smart and fierce personality.
The pacing was fast but didn’t feel rushed and I enjoyed the setting because of how realistic it is in lots of kids’ lives. I can’t seem to escape the “divorced parents” theme lately but thankfully it didn’t take too much away from the actual story. The ending was pretty darn great and I was left immensely satisfied (for now). I can’t wait for Miss Choldenko’s next book!
Rating: 5 Stars
Reccomendation: all ages
FTC DISCLAIMER: I received this book in exchange for an honest review
Choldenko is best known for her Tales from Alcatraz series, which has sold more than 2 million copies. Book #1: Al Capone Does My Shirts was a Newbery Honor Book and the recipient of twenty other awards. Book #4: Al Capone Throws Me a Curve is due out in 2018.BookPage said of her most recent novel, Chasing Secrets: “Choldenko’s ability to research obscure yet intriguing topics is uncanny, and as she did with the popular Al Capone trilogy she turns a tough topic into a high interest read … a compelling work of historical fiction.”Gennifer lives with her loyal husband and naughty dog in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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