Saturday, February 23, 2013

Review: Sage Carrington: Eighth-Grade Science Sleuth by Justin Scott Parr

Title: Sage Carrington: Eighth-Grade Science Sleuth
Author: Justin Scott Parr
Year Published: 2012

Genre: YA Fiction
Pages: 206
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location (my 2013 Google Reading map): USA (Washington, DC)


FTC Disclosure: I was given this book by the publisher for a review

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): Every 12-year-old's two favorite words: summer vacation. No school. No cold weather. Just months of free time ahead. Best friends Sage Carrington and Isabel Flores are making the most of their summer break when they discover an antique treasure map near the Washington Monument. But when faced with difficult clues and a bully in the form of Edwin Hooser, the tween girls must use every bit of imagination, drive, and intellect to outsmart Edwin and decipher the map.

Review: My plan was to read this book with my seventh grade daughter, but I ended up reading it on my own while she attended a dance convention. It's a quick read and very enjoyable.

The things I like best about the book...

  • Sage is African-American and her best friend is Latina. There aren't a ton of books with friends who are of different races or books that have main characters of color who aren't in strife.
  • Both girls are intelligent, interested in science, have academic families, and are interested in the world around them. Again, major bonus points for Justin Scott Parr for creating tween female characters who are interested in science!
  • I learned history and interesting factoids about Washington, DC while Sage and Isabel learned and tried to solve the mystery of the treasure map
All in all a fun book for middle grade readers!

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