By Lauren Baratz-Logsted
127 pages – ages 9+
Published Hat City Press on December 9, 2012
Robbie Knightly is confused when he hears his parents say that he has “something missing.” He knows he’s always been kind of a trouble-maker (not on purpose, but it just follows him). He starts to wonder if he is “normal,” so he starts to try to act “normal” or what he thinks normal should be. He keeps quiet and tries avoiding people so he doesn’t cause trouble. Robbie attempts to miss his school field trip because he didn’t want the other kids to think he’s not “normal” either. Sadly, his plan to get out of the trip backfires and he has to go on the trip, where it turns out that Robbie is needed most of all…
This was a good sequel to the first book in the series. I think it deals with a topic a lot of kids think about – not fitting in or feeling weird about yourself. I also like that it has a kid trying to be “normal”, when NO ONE really is “normal”. 😉 This book takes off right after book 1 (read my review of book 1 in the series HERE) and has the same great characters. I think the characters in the book are very realistic and the story was very good. The story line was good too. I think kids 9+ would like this book!
To learn more about Ms. Baratz-Logsted and her other books, please visit her website by clicking HERE.