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January 17, 2009


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Author: Laura E. Williams

Page Length: 292

Reading Level: 5

Genre: Fiction         

PLOT SUMMARY: Unexpected is a book of eleven mysterious stories by various authors of children’s books.  Each of the stories is unique in their plots, but each end with an unexpected ending.  The first story is about a boy who constantly loses things, the second about a rock star who has been robbed.  A homeless man, a dog and a boy help solve this mystery.  “Little Time” is about a young girl, Erica, who only gets one hour of quality time a week with her parents.  Also, included are a story about a baby from outer space, and a “troddler”.  To of the best stories are the “Infinity Jinx” and “Marked for Death”.

REVIEW: The author’s of each of the stories each give a brief review at the end of their selection telling how they came to write the story.  I think the book would be good for reluctant readers who enjoy mysteries, but aren’t quite ready for a lengthy chapter book.  There is a bit of science fiction, suspense, and mystery throughout the book. 

AREAS OF TEACHING: Predictions, Characters, and Compare/Contrast

RELATED BOOKS: Behind the Bedroom Wall, The Mystery of the Missing Tiger, Mystery of the Dark Lighthouse, The Executioner’s Daughter, The Mystery of the Phantom Ship

MOVIE CONNECTIONS: The Twilight Zone (1983), Back to the Future (1985)

REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner

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