Michael Vey
by Richard Paul Evans

Price at time of review: $17.99
326 pp.
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
New York, NY
ISBN: 9781451656503

Grade Level: 6-8

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

This secondary–level science fiction is threaded with so much good science that it was named an NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2012. While the book's primary premise—a group of young people with a unique ability who are sought by outsiders—is pure fiction, this novel is characterized by the primary trait of good sci–fi—accurate science and consistent logic.

The protagonist is a character to whom many teens will relate—14 years old, awkward, and with disabilities. The characters use good science to problem–solve. The writing is engaging and the book's short chapters will attract readers who might never have stretched themselves to read a novel of over 300 pages before. This belongs in the school library; it might also provide an excerpt that could be shared with a class to ask "what if?" and prompt journaling responses to further integrate reading and writing with the science curriculum.

Review posted on 2/15/2012

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