By Lauren Baratz-Logsted
109 pages – ages 9+
Published by Hat City Press on December 3, 2012
It all started when Ms. Robinson’s class had a substitute, Mrs. C. Mrs. C had the kids do math drills but would only call on the boys, “proving” her point that boys are better than girls at math. The girls are outraged at this and tell Ms. Robinson when she returns. Their teacher tells them the horrible truth, some people actually believe (incorrectly) that boys are better than girls at math and they believe (incorrectly) that girls are better at verbal skills than boys. Soon the boys and girls are competing at everything! The boys and girls decide to have a contest to see who is really the best at math and verbal skills.
This was an interesting realistic fiction book. I can say as a fifth-grader, a lot of the kids in the book seem like kids I would know. The plot is very believable and it is also a fun story. I like the conflict in the story, the prejudice people have for boys or girls. I think the story makes kids think about how they can stereotype a person just because they are a boy or girl. I like how the chapters are set up and how it alternates first person point of view between different characters. The ending is great too (I won’t give it away). The book is appropriate for younger kids, but I think kids 9+ will be able to relate to the story better than younger kids.
To learn more about Ms. Baratz-Logsted and her other books, please visit her website by clicking HERE.
Book 2 in the Hat City Middle School Series, “Robbie Knightley”, is out and it is also on my TBR list!