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The Naked Mole-Rat Letters by Mary Amato
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Jul 26, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult-novels
Read in July, 2010

My future mother-in-law, a science teacher, put this book in my hands while I was visiting her. She liked it after a student gave it to her. It is an intermediate-level book and a quick, easy, enjoyable read. The protagonist, Frankie, is an incredibly self-absorbed seventh grader and not a likable character; however, she is also a typical seventh grader in many ways. By the end of the novel, she is much more likable.

The book presents in an engaging way many facts about the naked mole rat and connects their behaviors to human behaviors. This book would make a great science connection in the curriculum. It also offers many opportunities to talk about early adolescent issues and consequences of choices.

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