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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  653 ratings  ·  134 reviews
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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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
Mortisha Cassavetes
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another 5 star read for the James Patterson Collection! I just loved it! This is a coming of age story of a group of friends that just saw a falling star hit Earth and they set out on an adventure to find it. They find that others are also searching for the star and they are dangerous. A meteorite, spooky woods, creepy mountain people, a skeleton and a bear in the camp! How could you want more? I highly recommend this book to kids of all ages!
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
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
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.
Reading is my Escape
"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...but find mystery and danger instead as their close relationships begin to fracture."

A coming-of-age, edge of your seat adventure with well-developed, likeable teenage characters. Kathleen McInerney is an exceptional narrator who really brought the characters to life. If you liked 24 Hours in Nowhere (on last year's state nominated list), you will
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
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
Jan 02, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021, giveaways
3.5 star

**Won a copy of this book in a giveaway. Thanks to Goodreads, the publisher, and the author for giving me the chance to get my hands on this book.**

This was pitched as Stranger Things meets the Goonies and that alone caught my eye. I had to give it a go. I can see why it gets the comparisons (more Goonies than Stranger Things in my opinion). It was a fun, quick read definitely aimed at younger readers. Overall enjoyable and a good amount of fun.
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. ...more
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. ...more
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a pretty good story for a middle grade so enjoyable and interesting.
I feel this middle grade isn’t as cheesy as some as though talking to the middle grader not down to.
A story of friends that go on a camping trip to find a meteor because then the Scouts will become famous.
For now I am giving it four stars but I am going to digest this story to see if I want to keep it or increase it.
However this book was worth the read for any age to kick back and enjoy the read.
Okay I feel dumb but, I j
Grace Cruz
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fifth and sixth graders
Recommended to Grace by: Manya Glavach
Scouts is written in the first person, present tense (with occasional flashback excerpts) from the perspective of Annie, a sixth grade girl with a crew of boys for a friend group they’ve self-titled as the “scouts” set in the 80’s. It's quite a dense read for the age group, it would probably take a child a week or more to finish. It is interesting enough to maintain a reader to keep returning to it, though.
The story follows her and her friends on a camp-out-turned-adventure when a meteor shower
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Goonies-esque with a little bit of heart. Plot seemed far fetched and a bit out of control. While the characters were slightly nuanced, I didn’t really care for any of them. I suspect my students will have more fun with this one than I did, but I’d be hard pressed to recommend it. There are better SSYRA picks this year.
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
Jul 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Scouts by Shannon Greenland follows a group of seventh graders (the scouts), who together go camping every Summer. The group comprises of Annie, Beans, Rocky and Flynn. But this Summer, there’s a change in the group. Flynn’s cousin, Scarlett joins their Summer camping trip, which is the catalyst to some bumps that form in the scouts. As the scouts find a meteor shower, they’re determined to collect some for themselves, which leads them through a series of adventures through the woods.

I enjoyed t
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
A coming of age story about a group of friends out on a nighttime adventure. When they believe they saw a meteor fall from the sky, they head out to find it. It seems they encounter nearly every possible peril: bears! raging river! caves! crazy mountain people! mysterious silver balls! and more. That part becomes a little comical as each chapter brings on the next foe. The group, who call themselves the Scouts included the narrator Annie and three boys. It was hard to keep the boys separate in m ...more
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
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