25 January 2023

The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary - Book Review

The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan
Publication: April 2, 2016
Pages: 272 pages
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ☆☆☆☆
Sweet Spark: What will happen to Emerson Elementary, and can 18 fifth graders change it?

I have to admit, this poetry-collection style is not what I usually pick to read, but this was part of our school district's fifth-grade battle of the books, and I really want to read all 10 books.

While it started out a little choppy for me, soon I was trying to trace consistency between the poems written by each of the 18 students, and matching up their poems with the illustrations of each of them on the cover. Yeah, I was hooked.

By the end, I felt like I knew each of the kids, and the class as a whole, a bit better. I'd give the book 4 out of 5 stars, and I'm excited to hear from the author at our battle's victory celebration in March. 

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