How Does a Kid Stand Out?

Today I have a book that begs the question, “how does a kid stand out?”  If you are looking for a last-minute gift for someone grades 3-5, this one is good, so throw it in your cart!

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Title: Shinehow does a kid stand out shine

Authors: J.J. and Chris Grabenstein

Target: Grades 3-5

Series: No

What this book is about:

Piper has none of the musical abilities of her father or her late mother, but she is interested in science.  When her father gets a chance to teach at an exclusive private school, it comes with free tuition for Piper.  In this new setting kids are good at everything and Piper starts to feel she may never have the chance to shine.  A competition at school for a new Excelsior Award, makes Piper feel like she may never stand out, as the competition gets all the kids pushing their talents to the max.  Piper has to decide if making it through middle school with good friends is good enough for her or if she needs to be the best.

Why I love this book:

  • I liked the science in this book. Sometimes, the STEM side of books tries too hard, but this was just enough learning while enhancing the story.  Well done!
  • Kids will like Piper.  She is nice and down to earth so you are on her side the whole time.  All the kids are struggling with parental expectations and their own expectations for their success which feels all too real these days.  
  • I appreciated the message in the book about asking kids who they want to be.  I think it is a question we as parents need to look at more with our own kids.  

Who this book is for:

If you liked Grabenstein’s other books such as Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library give this one a try.  Chapters are short and eventful, so reluctant readers will find this book easier to read. Fans of The Only Girl in School will like this one.  

Final thoughts:

I like Grabenstein’s other books, but I think this one is my favorite!

To purchase:

Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Shine.  A portion of each purchase will go back to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.