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Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on June 23, 2022
I have not read this book, but I’ve read a few others in this series with my granddaughter. She came to visit me at almost age eleven, struggling with reading and undiagnosed learning difficulties. She was embarrassed and frustrated and ready to give up. She was definitely not reading for any pleasure! She had tried reading children’s fiction with some help, but the stories didn’t hold her interest—even when I read them to her. I worked with her every day for three months using a 3rd grade curriculum, doing lessons aloud, practicing spelling, vocabulary, reading (and arithmetic!) in colorful and well-organized workbooks. It became obvious that she preferred non-fiction or stories of survival and adventure. Our first trip to the library nearly made me cry. She simply wouldn’t look at books. They were too intimidating. We went to the bookstore, where she found these books in the edge of the children’s section. We read the first two aloud—taking turns reading. By the third, she was doing all the reading herself. I’ve sent her many of these books since then. She loves them and now enjoys reading for pleasure. As well, she has become quite a scholar. I recommend these books for young readers like my granddaughter, who prefer serious reading, but need to combine building reading skills with learning about historical events, people, and general knowledge, as well as enjoying good stories that flex their imaginations and empathy.
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