Saturday, June 28, 2014

Jack the Castaway (The Bernson Schemes #1) by Lisa Doan -OPTIONAL

Doan, Lisa Jack the Castaway (The Bernson Schemes #1) 240 pgs. Feiwel & Friends, 2014. $17.95 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G.
Jack loved living with his Aunt while his parents go through crazy and dangerous money making schemes all around the globe. But when his aunt passes away and his parents come to collect him, he is so worried. The first thing they do is spirit him off to the a Caribbean island and tell him he doesn't have to go to school any longer. Then they teach him how to drive a boat. Jack isn't happy at all and worried for them all. He wants stability and school, not freedom and danger. Will Jack survive?
I actually like this book, from an adult perspective. I can see how Jack changes and finds balance in his life. But I think most students wouldn’t relate at all to Jacks disappointment to travel the globe, be given tons of freedom, and no schooling. I also have this pet peeve about books where the parents are total numbskulls and the kids have to raise the parents and themselves. I didn't care for the cover and thought a book about sharks and adventures on islands could have been easily presented in a more appealing way.

El (K-3) –OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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