All of the Above by Shelley Pearsall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Our school is using this book as a "read it forward." The librarian asked me to read it, and I begrudgingly accepted, but when I actually started reading, I zipped through it - close to 150 pages on the first day alone.
The book is an easy read for an adult, but that does not make the story any less compelling. It is based on a true story, which also makes it more appealing.
The book is narrated by several dynamic characters: James Harris III, Marcel, Rhondell, Sharice, and their math teacher Mr. Collins. There are a few other characters as well. During the course of the novel, the reader develops a connection with most of the characters and actually cares what happens to them. The author describes settings and people in such a way that the reader can easily picture what is happening. The story never becomes dull or slow.
This novel is about a group of inner-city kids and their math teacher. They are all bored with math. Even the teacher finds no more joy in it, so he asks what would make it better. They decide to have a contest in which the students at the old, crumbling schoolhouse on Washington Boulevard will attempt to create the world's largest tetrahedron and break a world record.
Along the way, individual character's personal stories are intertwined with the story of the whole group. There is some humor, some sadness, some unpredictable events. Find out whether the group is able to achieve their goal, and whether the characters can overcome their difficulties.
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