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Summary: Jimmy, a 12-year-old, is discovering a new way of learning. By listening and observing he sees beyond this world, but is immersed in it more than ever. This is a book about self discovery and growing up.
Type of Reading: independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read youreself: 10 to 12
Interest Level: 8 to 12
Age of Child: na
Young Reader Reaction: not available for teen review
Adult Reader Reaction: The premise is great, and the book moves smoothly, but it put me to sleep after a couple of pages every time I picked it up.
Pros: The story offers kids a valuable lesson in raising their awareness about the world around them. This is a nice introduction to teaching kids to look at the world and ask questions in their effort to "figure it all out."
Cons: None, really, except that it kept putting this reviewer to sleep.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow or skip it. There are lots of great books for this target group; this one isn't among them.