Life is confusing for Mateo Martinez. He and Johnny Ramirez don't hang out anymore, even though they used to be best friends. He and his new friend Ashwin try to act like brave, old-time knights, but it only gets them in trouble. And last night, two skunks stole Mateo's old trike.
Waittwo skunks stole his trike?
Mateo is too big for that rusty kid toy. He has a cool, shiny new bike anyway. But Mateo also has a neighborhood to protect. And he's about to begin a big, stinky quest to catch the thieves in the middle of the night!
As Mateo protects his neighborhood, he also learns a few things about growing up and letting go.
|Publisher:||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||9 - 10 Years|
About the Author
Robin Yardi lives in the California foothills, whereevery once in a while, in the dark of nighta skunk or two will sneak by. She loves good stories, animals of all sorts, homemade cakes, and kids. Visit her online at www.robinyardi.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
For fourth-grader Mateo, the weirdest thing he's struggling with is the fact that his new best friend is Ashwin, not Johnny, who held that prized spot in the years before. But everything changes when he spies something so crazy he can't tell anyone else about or they'll think HE's crazy: two skunks--no, TALKING skunks--stealing his old trike. Huh? Knight-obsessed Mateo struggles to decide who to talk to about what he saw. His parents? Ashwin? His little sister (and new owner of the now-missing trike) Mila? What's clear is that he's got to do something about it, if he's going to keep thinking of himself as a knight. His very honor is at stake, never mind the safety of the neighborhood! Yardi's debut middle grade is full of heart, humor, and action -- perfect for readers of contemporary fiction as well as those with a soft spot for animal stories. She uses such a gentle hand to tie together the novel's two plot threads, allowing the reader to make the connection for herself. I personally loved the scenes of Mateo's brief trips to the school library. His energy and worldview are spot-on for a high-energy fourth grader. Definitely a writer to watch! Can't wait to share this book with my nephew when he's a little bit older.
This book had me at page one, when Mateo looks out the window and sees two skunks stealing his old bike. And it just goes downhill from there....not only does ths aspiring knight need to protect his neighborhood from bike-stealing wildlife, he also has to deal with the shifting landscape of his school friendships, plus an irritating little sister. The story takes place in Santa Barbara and the setting and the dynamics of the people who live there are well-drawn and believable (well, except for the skunks :)). A fun, engaging, and well-written book. (I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review)
A delightful story full of humor and heart and friends and skunks! I was happy to join Mateo Martinez, his sister, Mila, and their friend, Ashwin on their most epic quest! Kids will really be drawn to this zany adventure! It's a perfect read for younger middle grade readers.
I would rather not try to sell them myself since I will be flying in.
What a fun middle grade read! Mateo, who wants to be a knight, navigates friendship and sibling troubles as he investigates the theft of his old trike and a pair of very mysterious skunks! The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez is full of heart, action, and laugh-out-loud humor! Highly recommend for younger middle grade readers!