Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Defense of Thaddeus A Ledbetter by John Gosselink

This is a delightful book about a young man who has been put on In-School Suspension in a portable building behind the bus barn.  The principal has decided that is the only safe place for him to be.  This book is his written defense for his actions and fully explains how he is the smartest one at school, smarter than even the teachers...

Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams, sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It's currently available at your local bookstore and is for young adults.

Mr. Gosselink does an excellent job of taking his core story and adding in all sorts of facts and interesting tidbits to make it much more interesting.  Even reluctant readers should enjoy the crooked road Thaddeus' testimony takes.

Since it is in done in correspondence, it's a change from a normal novel - and a good one.  The story has humor, there's an ironic twist to the end of the story, and I enjoyed the read.  I expect young readers will, too.  Go get a copy and share it with your children.  You could even assign characters for reading aloud - let them act out the characters.  It'll make the book come to life even more.

Save Thaddeus!

Happy reading.

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