Ninjas, Piranhas, And Galileoby Greg Leitich Smith
Elias, Shohei, and Honoria have always been three united against That Which is The Peshtigo School. But suddenly understanding and sticking up for a best friend isn't as easy as it used to be. Elias, reluctant science fair participant, finds himself defying the authority of Mr. Ethan Eden, teacher king of chem lab. Shohei, all-around slacker, is approaching a showdown with his adoptive parents, who have decided that he needs to start ''hearing'' his ancestors. And Honoria, legal counsel extraordinaire, discovers that telling a best friend you like him, without actually telling him, is a lot harder than battling Goliath Reed or getting a piranha to become a vegetarian.
- Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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- 0.41(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 10 - 13 Years
Meet the Author
Greg Leitich Smith grew up in Chicago and graduated from a science magnet high school. He went on to complete degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Texas at Austin, and a University of Michigan degree in law.
Greg drew on his own Japanese-German American and adopted background in crafting Elias's and Shohei's families. He now lives with his wife, children's author Cynthia Leitich Smith, and their four cats in Austin, Texas.
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I thought this was just fine, but not great. The three main characters were interesting, but the book didn't suck me in. Maybe I was looking for something just a little bit edgier. There's no doubt that Smith can write...perhaps fifth and sixth graders would like it much more than eighth grade and above.
This book can be used effectively in language arts, science, math, social studies, music, photography, acting. The author presents the intellectuality of his characters from three convincing point-of-view. THE NINJAS, PIRANHAS AND GALILEO has love, intrigue, and humor. The Author's Note, however, shouldn't be read by the students until they try the plant experiment and have a court hearing.