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Calvin Coconut: Rocket Ride (Calvin Coconut #8)

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Calvin's dad is a famous pop singer, and he's going to be in a concert on the island! Everyone wants to go. Dad gave Calvin's mom 10 tickets, and Calvin has to decide who gets the last ticket: teacher's pet Shayla, who has a crush on him (ick!) or Tito the bully? But much more important: Calvin  hasn't seen his dad in four years. And he's never met Dad's new wife. Will Dad ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Wendy Lamb Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Fun to read and packed with great messages about friendship and courage and families,
Katie Fitzgerald
Calvin’s dad, famous pop star Johnny Coconut, is coming to Hawaii for a concert, and Calvin gets to choose ten friends to join him in the front row. By the time he’s given tickets to all his friends, he’s got one left. He knows he should probably give it to Shayla, his classmate who is a huge fan of his dad’s music, but Tito, one of the school bullies has already claimed the ticket for himself. While Calvin tries to make his choice, he also struggles with worries about seeing his dad again after ...more
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Oct 31, 2012 Maclean H marked it as to-read
In this book there is a character named Calvin Coconut and all week he has been stressed about when his dad is coming to visit for the first time after his mom and dad divorsed. HIs dad is a pop star that is performing and his dadgave his 5 tickets to give out and he gives tem all out to his friends. But there is a bully named Tito that wants one of those tickets but he does not like Calvins dads songs. Then Calvin has to take one of the tickets back from oe of his friends and he feels so bad th ...more
Kari Worsham
Nov 05, 2013 Kari Worsham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 8th book of Calvin Coconut and in this particular story his dad (who is a famous pop singer) is returning home for a concert and whom Calvin hasn't seen in 4 years. Appropriate angst, difficult decisions (who gets to go to the concert with him?), and a funny, engaging plot will entice younger readers. I would say great for 1st - 3rd grades. This particular title also includes on the jacket a link to go online to listen to the songs featured in the story.
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Jun 14, 2014 Calvin Kwon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Calvin's dad is a great singer. He wrote many songs and is really famous too, but he doesn't live with Calvin. Calvin gets ten tickets to watch his dad so he invites 9 friends but he doesn't know who to give the last ticket, Tito or Shayla. Tito is really mean but Shayla is really nice, but Tito changes to be nice and in the end, he gets a gift from Calvin. You should read this book.
Sep 27, 2012 B rated it really liked it
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Cute as usual with a nice message about doing the right thing. When Calvin's dad is in town to do a concert and Calvin has 10 tickets to give away..does he give the last one to the local scary bully who keeps threatening him or to the annoying but basically kind co-student?
Oct 10, 2012 Brett rated it liked it
The usually unflappable Calvin is a little freaked out at seeing his pop-star dad for the first time in four years. At the same time, he's going to learn some important lessons about friendship & doing what's right. Still a great series.
Apr 18, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
Solid choice for a realistic fiction chapter book for the 2nd to 4th grade set. Entertaining with humor and good messages. Appreciate the portrayal of divorced parents and how that affects kids.
Dec 18, 2014 David rated it really liked it
Wow, love the illustrations and the cover. Book is well written and character development is great.
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Graham Salisbury comes from a 100-year line of newspapermen, all associated with Hawaii's morning paper, the Honolulu Advertiser. Although a career as a newsman could have been possible, Salisbury chose to imagine rather than report. "I enjoy writing about characters who might have been. To me, exploring fictional themes, situations, and lives is a quietly exhilarating experience. There are times ...more
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