Sunday, January 29, 2017

*Review* Second Grade Spelling Challenge by Lynn Marie Lusch

Genre: Children's Chapter
Published: January 28, 2014
Pages: 44


Seven year old Lindsey loves learning new things! When her second grade teacher decides to challenge her class, and has them learn five "big" words for a special spelling test, the whole class is in a panic! This is taking them out of their comfort zone, but the rewards are huge and each one is determined to succeed. 

Lindsey and Melissa are also having a "hand-made" jewelry sale this weekend. They both want to earn enough money for special reasons. Will they have enough time to accomplish both? 
A very busy and challenging week for Lindsey.


I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway program in the hopes that I would leave an honest review. 

I am about twenty-five years older than the target audience for this book, but I have a second grader, so that probably counts for something, right. I found the story to be very juvenile, which should probably be considered a major selling point because the book is about second graders after all. The plot was simplistic without much nuance, but that is probably to be expected in books targeted towards seven year olds. 

For a chapter book, this was rather short, so it would make a good read for a child who struggles with reading or is maybe a little intimidated by longer books. It could at least help inspire more reading confidence for slightly longer chapter books. The main character is female, so it may not appeal as much to boys (although I will be asking my son to read it, so I will have a better idea about that at a later date.) 

The vocabulary in this book is on the simple side, aside from the five special spelling words, which is another benefit for struggling readers. And the five special spelling words are defined within the story and even have examples for use given, which should help to expand the vocabulary of the reader.

So although I found this book to be juvenile and a bit boring, I think it's a fairly good book for it's target audience to help build vocabulary and inspire reading confidence without the length being overly intimidating.

I give Second Grade Spelling Challenge 4 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

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