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Music by Morgan
     

Music by Morgan

by Ted Staunton
 

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School Library Journal
Gr 3�4—These brief books are marketed as "First Novels," but the intended audience is uncertain. While the covers and illustrations feature young children, beginning chapter-book readers are unlikely to relate to some of the mature material. Mia, Matt, and the Lazy Gator is a summer adventure story about two children who are trying to help their uncle train an obstreperous alligator to dance for a commercial. Mia's brother's crush on her best friend and the uncle's love interest are intertwined throughout the story. Raffi's New Friend, a story of unexpected friendship, deals with issues such as sickle-cell anemia, racism, bullying, and war. Music by Morgan is the most appropriate for a young audience, focusing on two children who are forced into doing extracurricular activities that don't interest them. A scheme to switch places is concocted, which fails, but the youngsters and their families learn a good lesson about being true to oneself. The plots are simplistic and relatively easy to follow but emerging readers will struggle with the vocabulary. Mia and Raffi are translations and have unfamiliar terms and phrases are peppered throughout. Black-and-white cartoon illustrations in all three books are appealing.—Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA
Kirkus Reviews - Kikus Reviews

When his parents sign him up for floor hockey, which he hates, third-grader Morgan hesitatingly agrees to his friend Aldeen's plan to switch roles. She will play hockey and he will take piano lessons. Their masquerade is difficult to sustain. This is the author's tenth book about chunky Morgan, his athletic friend Charlie and Aldeen, "the Godzilla of Grade Three," characters who will feel familiar even to those who have not read the other stories. In this first-person, plot-driven narrative, told in mostly believable dialogue, Aldeen and Morgan get into increasingly difficult situations, moving toward the point when their deception is revealed and Morgan's parents capitulate, letting him continue with music. The setting is generic—a house with a driveway and basement, a schoolyard and the community center. This is part of the Canadian publisher's First Novels nine aimed at early readers ready for something slightly more substantial. The print is good-sized and heavily leaded; vocabulary is breezy and appropriate."Aldeen's eyes go all squinchy. 'Then I'll smoosh you into a hockey puck.' " Each of the ten short chapters includes one full-page black-and-white cartoon illustration. These effectively portray the characters and highlight important moments. These provide accessible, comfortable stories for students who've moved beyond early readers but are not ready for much greater length or more complexity.(Fiction. 6-9)

Kirkus Reviews

When his parents sign him up for floor hockey, which he hates, third-grader Morgan hesitatingly agrees to his friend Aldeen's plan to switch roles. She will play hockey and he will take piano lessons. Their masquerade is difficult to sustain. This is the author's tenth book about chunky Morgan, his athletic friend Charlie and Aldeen, "the Godzilla of Grade Three," characters who will feel familiar even to those who have not read the other stories. In this first-person, plot-driven narrative, told in mostly believable dialogue, Aldeen and Morgan get into increasingly difficult situations, moving toward the point when their deception is revealed and Morgan's parents capitulate, letting him continue with music. The setting is generic—a house with a driveway and basement, a schoolyard and the community center. This is part of the Canadian publisher's First Novels nine aimed at early readers ready for something slightly more substantial. The print is good-sized and heavily leaded; vocabulary is breezy and appropriate."Aldeen's eyes go all squinchy. 'Then I'll smoosh you into a hockey puck.' " Each of the ten short chapters includes one full-page black-and-white cartoon illustration. These effectively portray the characters and highlight important moments. These provide accessible, comfortable stories for students who've moved beyond early readers but are not ready for much greater length or more complexity.(Fiction. 6-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887809286
Publisher:
Formac Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date:
10/18/2010
Series:
Formac First Novels Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
420L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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