Genre: Realistic Fiction
Publishing Date: September 1st 2009 by Arthur A. Levine Books
Summary: Goodreads ~ Ready? Line UP! FALL IN! And you'll fall for this timely and generous novel set on an Air Force base during the Iraq War, about an amazing teacher and the students she inspires.
No one in her sixth-grade class knows quite what to make of Ms. Loupe, with her short hair, her taped square "stage" on the floor, and the interest in improvisational theatre. After all, their school is on an Air Force base--a place that values discipline more than improv. But her students soon come to love her fresh approach; and when her dear brother goes missing in Afghanistan, and Ms. Loupe herself breaks down, they band together to support their teacher. What starts as a class fundraiser expands into a nationwide effort for all injured troops, and an amazing vision of community and hope.
What I liked: This book spoke to me in a very weird and almost indescribable way. I myself am not in a military family, but reading about life on a military base had me think about how hard life is not only for the soldiers who have to leave their family, but their family who has to let their loved one go with no sure way of whether or not they would return. I really loved reading especially about how this one teacher tries to change up school and inspire the students to not think of a chore, but as something really fun. I honestly loved reading this book.
What I didn't like: This book was like reading a narrative essay from the third person point of view. What I mean is, there wasn't a plot that I, a novice reader could detect. It really truly was a recounting of events. There was no build up to this extremely intense scene, it pretty much was what happened in what order. Were said events described in a truly amazing way? Of course, however, don't come into the book expecting a murder military mystery or a type of "normal" plot built story.
Rating: 8 out of ten
Why? Extremely good, but lack of a somewhat easy to notice plot will cut some points.