Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Review: Middle-School Cool by Maiya Williams
Publisher: Delacorte Press for Young Readers
Released: March 11th, 2014
Kaboom Academy, a new and alternative school for middle-grade kids, is chock-full of innovative methods of instruction and discipline that are soon to be tested on the middle-school students of Horsemouth, New Hampshire. Now, meet the class of Journalism 1A. These group of nine misfits are the staff of The Daily Dynamite, Kaboom Academy's quarterly newspaper. As their school year kicks off with a boom, literally, the students of Journalism 1A are about to discover what really goes on at Kaboom Academy and who's really in charge of this groundbreaking school for boys and girls who've fallen out of love with learning.
Middle-School Cool is a really fun book for middle grade readers. It's a bit mad, a little kooky, but always entertaining. In fact, it's just what kids need to come home to after a hard day at school - a book about the coolest school EVER!
Middle-School Cool follows the antics of nine students in the Journalism 1A class, hand picked to attend the brand new Kaboom Academy. It's a school designed for misfits and people who don't fit in at the neighbouring Horsemouth High, and it uses some very unusual teaching methods. These methods are often in the form of inventions and experiments, such as live Dodgeballs and hypnotism. That's where much of the book's humour comes from, and I'm sure everyone who reads it will want to enrol at Kaboom Academy as soon as possible!
This book also focuses on friendship, and how just because you're different doesn't mean you can't make other like-minded friends. No-one should have to go through school alone, and Maiya Williams does a great job of highlighting how important it is to be tolerant of everyone, no matter how strange they may seem. Middle school and high school are hard enough as it is, and being kind and considerate costs nothing. It's an important message that all kids should learn and understand, and I'm glad it's highlighted here.
This is a great book for younger readers and it's one that should find its way on to all library shelves. Not only is it totally bonkers but it also has a few lessons hidden within its pages as well, lessons that we could all do with learning and putting into practise. Now, where can I apply for Kaboom Academy?