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The story of a group of friends who set out to find a crashed meteor...but find mystery, danger, and fractures in their close relationships instead.

Annie, Beans, Rocky, and Fynn. They're the Scouts--best friends who do everything together. It's 1985, and with the summer before seventh grade winding down, the Scouts decide to secretly climb Old Man Basinger's silo to watch
Hardcover, 257 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by Jimmy Patterson
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  • Scouts by Shannon Greenland

    Release date: Aug 18, 2020
    Stranger Things meets The Goonies in this suspenseful yet heartwarming adventure story about a group of friends who set out to find a crashed meteor…b ...more

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    Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

    Many thanks to JIMMY Patterson for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
    "Side by side we stand, looking down into the moonlit river."

    What a twisty, quick novel about adventures and friendship!

    So, what's this book about?
    Annie, Beans, Rocky, and Fynn. They're the Scouts--best friends who do everything together. It's 1985, and with the summer before seventh grade winding down, the Scouts decide to secretly climb Old Man Basinger's silo to watch a meteor shower. When one
    Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    A fun adventure for the younger reader!
    It's 1985, the summer before 7th grade for Annie, Rocky, Fynn and Beans, a group of kids known as the Scouts. After witnessing a meteorite crashing to the ground, the scouts decide it would be fun to track down the aftermath of the meteorite. It also could be worth a lot of money. The novel follows the adventures of the scouts on their journey. There is also mysterious occurrences which invoke an interest in the story.

    The novel has been compared to The Goonies and Stand By Me. But it is a ligh
    Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it
    I picked up this book for my nephews. They are boy scouts and cub scouts. I figured they would have a fun time reading this book. While, I did like this book; I know that my nephews will enjoy it a lot more. This is fine as this book is written and geared towards the younger reading audience. So this book is appropriately written for the right audience.

    I did not have a favorite out of the group. Although, I did like them all. What I appreciated was the fact that the group included a few girls.
    Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
    One of my jobs allows me to set up book displays, and I like getting an idea of what I'd like to put on those displays by actually reading the material. I had a very specific idea in mind, of getting together books that are similar to the television show Stranger Things. The description on the back of this book claims this book is like Stranger Things and The Goonies, so I wanted to read it to see how true that was considering that it's also a children's book, which obviously has to be written f ...more
    Melanie Dulaney
    May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
    While I have not been completely impressed with some of the “Patterson Presents” books, Greenland’s Scouts has a lot to offer my 4th and 5th grade library patrons and nothing that might set off any warning lights with the adults who love them. Annie, Beans, Rocky and Fynn, who call themselves Scouts, are good friends who get a little too adventurous and find themselves in some pretty scary and dangerous situations after they set off to find a meteor that crash landed near their homes. Along with ...more
    L M
    Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
    As a reader...
    Scouts definitely kept my attention- there was always something happening with no lagging in the story at all. The story was interesting and well-written, and I loved the characters. I didn't love the ending, though, and I felt like it needed more explanation. I enjoyed journeying with the scouts and I'd love to see a second book come from this!

    As a teacher...
    I think this would be a good read for kids around the 4th-6th grade range, but there was a little bit of language that I wou
    Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
    This was a good old fashioned mystery for children. My caution would be that the author did use some language that wasn't needed as usual, but could be something you wouldn't want your kids to read. That's too bad.
    Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    What a fun little coming of age adventure! This will be a great read aloud in my classroom
    Brandi Rae Fong
    Aug 13, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
    Adventurous kids, an asteroid, strange things, and a great cover...and 2/3 of the way through I realized I just didn't care what happened. Perhaps the target audience of 4th-6th graders will care.
    Ms. Yingling
    Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
    ARC provided by the publisher upon request

    Annie loves to hang out with her friends in 1985. They have camp outs, go on adventures, and occasionally get in trouble for doing things like climbing silos. Her mother thinks that as she approaches middle school, she should be more lady like, but Annie disagrees. So do her friends Beans, Fynn, and Rocky. When Fynn's cousin Scarlet is visiting when the Scouts are prepared to watch a meteor shower, they have to bring her along. The meteor shower is great
    Becky B
    Beans, Fynn, Rocky, and Annie are the Scouts. Every year after the last day of school it is a tradition to go on a camping trip together. Usually this is a fun time for all of them and great launch to the summer, but this year nothing seems to be going right. Fynn has brought his cousin Scarlet along who is anything but the camping type. Beans has told Annie that his family is being foreclosed on and has to move, but he refuses to tell the others. Fynn's Mom and Rocky's Dad just started dating a ...more
    Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
    +++Obligatory part where I mention that I got a free copy of this book through Amazon Vine to read and review+++

    I keep seeing Scouts pitches as "Stranger Things meets The Goonies". I can certainly tell you that the only thing Scouts has in common with either of those properties is the time period and the general idea of a group of kids out doing stuff. Four friends go on one final outing before before they become Seventh Graders, but things quickly fall apart with the new inclusion of a female c
    Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Scouts by Shannon Greenland is a juvenile fiction book for 4-6th graders.

    Annie, Beans, Rocky, and Fynn make up the Scouts. A name they gave themselves when they were little. They've been best friends for a long time, doing everything together. Hiking, biking and most of all getting in trouble.

    But things are different this summer, and Annie isn't so sure the Scouts will make it to seventh grade in tact. Trying to get back that feeling a rightness, Annie and the Scouts climb Old Man Basinger's sil
    Annie, Beans, Flynn and Rocky are the Scouts. They go on campouts together and often get in trouble. This time they are off to watch a meteor shower. Unforunately, Flynn's cousin Scarlet has to come along. Annie is annoyed that the boys keep paying attention to Scarlet because she is a girl. It makes Annie realize she is a girl and maybe she wants some of that attention as well. The meteor shower is great and the group sees a meteor head towards earth not far away. They set off to find it and ha ...more
    Christine Irvin
    Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Annie’s best friends are all boys: Beans, Flynn and Rocky. She thinks of them as just her pals until they go camping together, although that is something they’ve done many times in the past. This time, though, Flynn’s cousin, Scarlet, and a new kid, Edge, join the group. The vibes are different and Annie begins seeing her “boyfriends” in a whole new light.

    The group intends on just hanging out and spending the night in a tent. First, they climb to the top of a silo on the Basinger farm, a place A
    In my humble opinion
    This book tries to be the Goonies meets Stand by Me but falls short of both. It is a great, short story about a group of friends that are growing up, apart, and together. It examines gender and expression and making assumptions along the lines of gender.
    I really liked that the narrating POV didn't feed "girly" and didn't want dresses and wanted to play with her friends-who were all boys-and didn't want to spend time doing what girls were doing. I saw a lot of myself in her.

    I liked the independen
    Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: books-i-own
    I received this signed copy for free in an Instagram giveaway held by Shannon Greenland. My opinion is my own as usual.

    This was an adorable middle grade novel! We follow Annie, a girl going into 7th grade, and her group of friends, Rocky, Fynn and Beans, who call themselves The Scouts. This group of fun loving tweens go out on adventures while getting into a little mischief. This is set in 1985 so it was very interesting to compare the lives of kids then versus now. Annie is struggling with what
    Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: read-thms
    This story hooked me in from the front cover.... and yes, I judge a book by it's cover!

    The Scouts are everything a kid would want out of friendships. These kids have been friends since "forever," and always end up finding something to explore. Set in Tennessee, the Scouts, who comprise of Annie, Rocky, Fynn, and Beans, always find an adventure to go on somewhere in their little town. Whether it's annoying Old Man Basinger on his farm, and running away from his shot gun, to overcoming fears of sw
    Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: middle-grades
    I was just about to write a review for this book describing it as a more PG version of Stranger Things when I say the description here on Goodreads. Apparently I am not the only one who got that vibe.

    Annie, Beans, Rocky, and Fynn call themselves the Scouts, because their rural Tennessee town is too small to have an actual boyscout troop. The foursome communicate via walkie talkie and generally explore the countryside, playing harmless pranks and causing a little chaos for their neighbor, Mr. Ba
    Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
    Listened to the audiobook on Libby.
    Annie, Beans, Rocky, and Fynn are best friends, about to start 7th grade. Annie gets a talk from her mom about how maybe she should find some girls to be friends with, but Annie shrugs her off as she is out the door on an adventure with her best buds. They watched a meteor shower and noticed one hit nearby, and are going to sneak off at night to find it.
    Turns out the kids have secrets. One is about to move away, two have parents that are dating, one has a cousi
    Corinne Yee
    Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: young-adult
    This was a good read revolving around a group of middle schoolers in 1985 TN. Their town is too small for a Scouting unit so early in their friendship they start calling themselves the Scouts and going camping together.

    On this particular venture, they are on an overnight and see a meteor come down. They decide to find the meteor, never realizing what an adventure it will lead to.

    Fans if Goonies and Stranger Things will likely find this enjoyable.

    The writing is solid and the characters are rela
    Jul 25, 2020 rated it liked it
    A friend lent me this book, as it was chosen for her mother-daughter book club with her girls. She put it into my hands and said, "This is a novel...where it is told from the point of view of one of the girls." And boy was she right! I throughly enjoyed this adventure with the Scouts. There were so many very subtle themes of growing up, friendships changing, adventure, trust, secrets, fights, loyalty, fear, unknowns, etc. But it was done in a great age appropriate way--and in a way ...more
    Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
    More of a 3.5
    This was a good adventure! I read it because it's a middle grade, and those aren't as involved and complex as a YA book would be, and I needed to distract myself from all of this hurricane business.
    I loved this group. It felt very reminiscent of that Stephen King novella from Different Seasons, right down to the train tracks (which I'm pretty sure is a homage to the story) I wish we had gotten more background on the kids, like why is he named Edge? This was a good book, and I'm sur
    Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
    A fast-paced adventure that includes bicycles, a treehouse, a meteor shower, rapids, caves, a bear, a three-legged dog, a mythical family said to eat children, and true friends at the cusp of adolescence who are struggling with big changes in their families, their friendships, and themselves.

    The book is engaging from the first page. Highly recommended, especially for readers who are looking for an adventure more reminiscent of Mark Twain or a Nancy Drew story than J. K. Rowling.

    My thanks to th
    Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    When I started this title I was kind of hooked from the start but it took to the end of the second chapter to really make me want to not put this story down. The pacing to this one a little to fast for my liking but I still loved it. I would have liked if the story would have been just a little slower. The characters were great. I really liked everyone but I really loved Annie!! (Not just because I share her name!) The story was an excellent adventure for kids a little older than me. But, I will ...more
    Dec 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
    One star not because book was all that bad but because Im mad at it for wasting my time. Heretronormalitive as hell and the plot was formulaic and stupid. Tomboy girl wants to spend time with her guy friends, but an annoying girly girl in the way, then they go on adventures and learn girly girl isnt that bad and embrace their own femininity...also the hillbillies are bad and scary and the military saves the day. What? Anyway I probably should have returned it once I saw it was a James Paterson s ...more
    Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shannon Greenland created a story about a ragtag group and it kept me AND my daughter interested from beginning to end. I came across this book at our local Books-A-Million and thought my daughter would enjoy it since she was a scout herself. When I buy a middle school aged book, I typically read it first because my daughter isn’t quite there and I like to make sure the content is age appropriate. This book did not disappoint! It’s like the Goonies meets Stranger Things...the characters are lova ...more
    Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This book was non-stop action and adventure. Plus, there was some great character development. The main character of the book just finished sixth grade. I would say this book is perfect for grades 5-7. However, it would work for grades 4-8.

    I am grateful to have won an ARC of this book from Goodreads. That fact did NOT influence my opinion. This is a straight-up great book, and I hope it is the first of a series.
    Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I agree with all of the reviews on the cover of this book cover.It gave me totally Goonies vibes.If we are lucky in life,whether as kids or adults,adventures with friends should definitely be included.I loved the differences in character of each person.They all made a contribution to what happened and why.A feel good adventure book that reminds us anything is possible and there are many interesting things yet to be explored.
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    Things you should know about me: I write novels! Some have won awards. Others have been bestsellers. Under Shannon Greenland (my real name) you’ll find spies, adventure, and romantic suspense. Under S. E. Green (my pen) you’ll find dark and gritty fiction about serial killers, cults, secret societies that do bad things, and whatever else my twisted brain deems to dream up. I’m on Instagram, Twitte ...more

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