Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Falling into the Dragon's Mouth by Holly Thompson - OPTIONAL

Thompson, Holly Falling into the Dragon’s Mouth, 328 pages. Henry Holt, 2016. $18. Language: G (0 swears 0 ‘f’) Mature Content: G Violence: PG.

Jason Parker now lives in Japan with his parents and little sister. At his school, they get a new seating chart, and Jason hates it. He didn’t really get along with anyone in the class, and the new seating chart made it no better. His table members whack him with broomsticks and chairs, and always make fun of him for getting the pronunciation of words wrong. No matter what he does, he can’t seem to stop his table from hating him so much.

I didn’t find this book very interesting. There wasn’t any real good plot, it was mostly just him at school getting hit all the time. Plus, the way the book is written is not like most other books. There is almost no punctuation, and the only things capitalized are names. This just makes it not as fun to read. And since it takes place in Japan, some of the words are hard to understand. Even though there is a pronunciation guide at the end of the book, I don’t feel like flipping to it all the time just to know how to say a word. It interrupts the actual reading part. 

 EL - OPTIONAL 7th Grade Student Reviewer - IC

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