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The Last Last-Day-of-Summer: Legendary Alston Boys, Book 1

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Kid sleuths investigate zany time-travel mystery.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Magnificent read (except for the weak willed)

This book is good. However my younger 9 year old brother had nightmares when reading about the characters stopping time. He is unable to sleep alone and cannot blink without screaming in fear. The authors descriptions are extremely good and so struck fear into my brothers heart. For the past 6 months he has been acting like a blubbering fool and seems to have become a newborn once again. For this reason I would not recommend this book for anyone under 10 as my brother has naturally been on the weak side. The book itself is very very interesting and will keep any reader (other than the weak willed) absorbed. It has good educational value and great messages and role models, and has no consumerism if I recall correctly. Before reading make sure that you are not as sensitive as my brother or you will be reduced to being a blubbering fool for the rest of your life. I am giving it four stars because of the mental toll it has taken on me as I have been forced to accompany my brother everywhere. I cannot wait for the day I turn 18 and can ditch him. Have fun reading and please keep my brother in your thoughts.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
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Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

In the wrong hands, a book-length serving of absurd humor might be too much of a good thing, but this zany time-travel adventure keeps the bizarro laughs coming until the very end. Logan County is a strange place, but in The Last Last-Day-of-Summer, author Lamar Giles makes it seem appealing, even when a giant platypus runs amok. Otto and Sheed are highly likable main characters: inquisitive, brave, and true to each other. Their antagonist is both annoying and dangerous, and the cousins' confrontations with various aspects of time are clever and sometimes even moving. Dapo Adeola's black-and-white spot illustrations lend a touch of reality to a story that includes robots, mirrors full of tentacles, and giant marsupials. Giles seems just to be getting started exploring Logan County, and middle-grade readers will welcome further adventures for Otto and Sheed -- boys especially.

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