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Saturday, 26 October 2013

Children's Week: Review: The Youngest One

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A boy named Craig Martin has a passion football, but his family is not too supportive. His sister Julie nags him, his brother Leigh teases him all the time and his mother treats him like a baby. The last thing that Craig needs is something bad to happen but something bad does happen. His parents are depressed because Craig’s dad has lost his job and they are running out of money.

Craig has made things easier for others in different ways, but just doesn't notice until his dad runs away and Craig stops playing football. People then came and tell Craig how his footy made them happy.

Craig’s dad comes back but he is not so easily forgiven by Julie. In the end they are a very happy family!

I do think this is a good book and is for people 8 and up.

I think the book could have been more creative like ''Craig is an alien from outer space in a human family and he was a footy prodigy.'' I think that the author could have written more about how Craig feels and acts with the situation.

This book made me think about what I am passionate about and made me feel that I need to work harder, like Craig, to achieve my dream and goals. He has a lot of perseverance and desperation which help him a lot.

At the start I didn't really want to read the book, because it didn't go straight to the good stuff, so I think the start should be better to hook the reader.

It was very descriptive and it was easy for me to get a picture in my mind.

This book hardly had any faults so I give this book a 5/5.

- This review by Megan Mahlangove, a member of the St Mary's Catholic Primary School Kalgoorlie Book Club.

Title:  The Youngest One
Author: Thurley Fowler
Illustrator: Helen Glenn
Publisher: Martin Educational
Publication Date: 1988
Format: Paperback
ISBN:  9780725310790
For ages:  8-12
Type: Junior Fictio, Middle Fiction

3 comments:

  1. I like books that make you think about your own situation inspired by the book (like where you said the book made YOU think about what you are passionate about, too). And I like your interesting comments about how the author could have told the story differently.
    ~ Rebecca

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  2. Hi Megan -- hooks are so important, aren't they?? Great comment. And so glad this book inspired you so much.

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  3. Thanks for sharing your review, Megan. I'm glad that you found this story inspiring. It is great when books encourage us to think about our own lives and the things that we are passionate about.

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