Twelve year old Derek is only wants to get through the school year so he can hang out for the summer. He struggles behaviorally and academically, especially when it comes to reading. He finds himself in the middle of a mystery involving and girl who drowned years ago and makes an unlikely new friend. His whole goal of the summer is to avoid learning at all costs but he ends up learning more about himself than he ever could have expected.
This is a great book for reluctant readers because it is an easy read and hilariously written. Most children will be able to relate to this boy’s feelings about school, books, his parents, and his teachers. There are several tricks he learns to make reading easier and those tips would benefit any child who dislikes books. I would even recommend this book for parents of unwilling readers because it really gives insight into a child’s mind, especially when we use typical parent phrases to get kids to behave. I found myself looking at my own parenting through the eyes of a child and found myself annoyed at the parents for saying and doing things that I do myself!
Have you or your child read this book? What did you think?