Eleven-year-old Megan Moffat was always with her dad. She had been reading with his help since she was five, and he helped her through most of the difficult words. She thought he was the smartest person in the whole entire world, then before her twelfth birthday, her dad passed away, with no warning. One minute he was alive and well, and the next he was gone. Megan is sad. She never got a chance to say goodbye, but more than that she misses her dad something terrible. Also, she now has to do her schoolwork without his help, and it's proving to be very difficult.
Just in the nick of time, she remembers something her dad had told her about creating a memory trigger, when she had a hard time remembering her schoolwork, especially those troublesome pronouns.
Read Megan's story to find out how she masters those troublesome pronouns and goes on to win an essay competition. And especially, how she learns to cope with the death of her beloved father.
|Publisher:||ENVISION Business & Computer School Publishing|
|Edition description:||Large Print|
|Product dimensions:||8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.31(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book addresses a very difficult topic --the death of a parent--but handles the topic with the smoothness of a calm breeze. Megan has to work through the loss, and she does so with lots of support and care. I especially found this one to be a helpful read, not only for kids in a similar situation, but those who know someone suffering a loss. Unlike most of the books in this series, this one is also written in first person, which adds a lovely, private touch. There are colorful illustrations throughout, which bring the characters and settings to life. There is quite a bit of text, making this a good read for ages 8 and up, but at sixty pages, it doesn't seem weigh down. The short, smaller chapters make it easy for kids to take breaks and come back to the story later. I'd recommend these not only for normal parent and home use, but for home -schooling as well. I received a complimentary copy and wanted to leave my thoughts.
I purchased Too-Clever X: Megan's Troublesome Pronouns (Volume 10) directly from the authors website in mid November 2016 and I am voluntarily reviewing it. I found this book to be very insightful and well written. It was easy to read and it helped me to explain one of life's most delicate situations; death, to my children. We recently lost a family pet, which my eldest daughter has been very upset about. No matter how I tried to explain the situation to her, nothing helped. Until I found this book. Thank you so much Dr. Julia E. Antoine for helping me and my daughter! I'm sure the subject will come up again, and when it does I will be ready. Highly recommend getting this book. A++++
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Too Clever X: Megan's Troublesome Pronouns is a children's educational book for 4th-6th graders, written and designed by Dr. Julia E. Antoine. Megan was always her daddy's girl. They both loved to read, and her dad was always there to help her with homework at night. Her little brother, Dilan, was very different than she was. He wasn't interested in reading and preferred to play games and watch television instead of doing schoolwork. Dilan was his mother's boy, and he was able to get just about anything he wanted from her. Their lives all changed one fateful day when Megan's mom arrived at her school. Megan was confused when she was sent to the principal's office, and she knew something horrible had happened when she saw her mom standing there and crying. When her mom told her that her dad had been in a car accident and was not expected to live, Megan started to cry too. The two of them rushed to the hospital so Megan could say goodbye to her dad, but she never had the chance. At first, she wouldn't leave her room and life seemed like it would never be worth living again, but slowly she started to heal. Dr. Julia E. Antoine's educational book for preteens and children, Too Clever X: Megan's Troublesome Pronouns, tackles some heavy subjects, the foremost being dealing with catastrophic loss and the grieving process. Megan and her family's loss is handled perceptively and intuitively by the author, and I found myself moved by the grief eleven-year-old Megan feels over the loss of her dad. Antoine's story shows that it is indeed possible to survive such a loss, and she does so in a respectful and poignant way. While life would never be the same again, Megan learns to appreciate and recognize the pain the rest of her family feels, and she's happy when she finally sees her mom going out and meeting people. As the title indicates, Antoine includes a marvelous educational component to this story -- the proper use of pronouns. It had been a troubling issue for Megan while her father was alive, and she's able to formulate her own grammar rules using the guidelines he taught her. Megan’s rules are brilliant, and I intend to employ her trigger rules when the need arises. Too Clever X: Megan's Troublesome Pronouns is a marvelous tale about a young girl's coming of age under the most trying of times, and it works magnificently. It's outstanding and most highly recommended.