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Boom! by Mark Haddon
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Genre: Science Fiction Junior Book

Jimbo and Charlie are two friends up to no good. After bugging the teachers’ staff room, the two boys learn that some of their teachers are aliens. The alien teachers are highly upset that their cover is blown, and soon after, Charlie turns up missing. Jimbo starts on a mission to find Charlie and save the planet.

a.) A strength of this book is the author’s use of British lingo, keeping and adding to feel of the story’s setting.
b.) This story is set in England. Through the inclusion of the British lingo, American readers, as well as readers from other countries, are able to get some insight on the average British life, even if it is just the difference in word choices. It gives another perspective for readers, and it makes readers actually feel as though they are in England, which helps build the experience of the book. The only possible problem is the difficulty in understanding the meaning of the words, but for the age range aimed by this book, readers shouldn’t have a problem deciphering.
c.) Readers can’t even get past the first line without getting their first taste of the lingo: “ I was on the balcony eating a sandwich. Red Leicester and gooseberry jam.” (pg. 1).

Curriculum Connection: Since the author does include some British lingo that many American children aren’t usually accustomed to, I think this book gives some great practice to young readers on their context clue skills. To decipher the meaning of these certain words, they will have to read the clues surrounding the word.
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