This year, the Acting Alamos at Davy Crockett Middle School are performing Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Everyone is staking out their place, except Zack. Janie is set on being all three ghosts, Sophia is doing makeup, Chewy is the Assistant Director, and Mrs. Darling appointed Blythe as stage manager. Marquis and Jose want to be Ebenezer Scrooge. Zack still isn't interested - until he finds out his crush Abhi Bhatt is excited about the play. Now he has HIS sights set on being the star of the show. When cast assignments come out, Zack is crushed. How can he get Abhi's attention with such a "little" part. Then opportunity strikes! When Jose is removed from the cast for flooding the boy's bathroom Zack gets to be Scrooge. But will he keep it? There's something suspicious about what happened to Jose. Will he win Abhi's heart as an actor or as the guy who helps his friends?
What I love about these Zack Delacruz novels is that you can pick up any book, in any order. This is Book 3, and although I never read Book 1, I have thoroughly enjoyed the others and don't feel left behind. The story and characters are well-developed. Young readers will see themselves and their peers in the events, emotions, and reactions to middle school life. Kids who shuttle between divorced parents' homes will also relate to Zack. The author is rather matter-of-fact about the presentation, yet creates a sensitivity where all kids can see Zack's dilemma and frustration. I highly recommend this series for tweens and teens!
Wonderful characters, a strong story, and some humor (including a little slapstick) will have readers laughing out loud and turning the page to keep reading. Zack and his friends are their friends ... watch and see.
This is the third book in a series about middle school life for a diverse ensemble of 6th grade students.
This is a story about middle school life, and all the growth opportunities it creates: teamwork, friendship, bullies, jealousy, entitlement, problem solving, choices and consequences, and figuring out who you are or want to be. Ask your readers how they would deal with some of the situations:
* How would they help a friend who didn't get the part they want?
* Was Zack right to keep his interest in trying out for Scrooge from his friend? Would your reader have shrugged it off like Marquise did?
* Would your reader gone after Chewy in the same way or would they have spoken with a trusted adult?
9 and Up
9 and Up
Borrow, for sure. These are fun books to read and are well suited to reading with kids of different ages (9 and up).