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Middle School: Winter Blunderland: Middle School, Book 15

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Arctic research goes haywire in funny tween adventure.

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James Patterson has found a working formula for tween adventures, and in this Arctic setting includes just the right mix of humor, heart, insecurity, danger, science, and luck. Middle School: Winter Blunderland puts climate change front and center, with lots of information about how it affects the wildlife and people in impacted regions. Rafe can't seem to do anything right on this trip, but his brain and heart are in the right place, and his adventures are gleefully fun to read. The mention of other Patterson books within the first few pages is distracting and feels too much like a sales pitch, but illustrations are delightful, the story moves fast, and the adventure is freezing fun.

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