Review of Fifth Grade Screams
Note: I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own!
I don't currently know many middle-grade readers, but I think that Fifth Grade Screams: The Roaming Dead is one that will appeal to many young readers. Nix, Jean, and Eddy are fifth-graders at Swashbuckler Elementary when suddenly everyone is sent home. Turns out the dead are coming back to life and invading! (Seriously, I can picture my own fifth-grade class from decades ago lining up for this one.) Our trio of protagonists tackles this situation from a unique perspective that provides fun reading and an education on empathy and assuming the best.
Reading this as an adult who focuses her reading primarily on literary and contemporary fiction, some elements didn't fit my taste as much. For example, the names of the cast of characters are a little too weird for me, but I do see that a middle-grade reader would think they're cool. Also, one character lives with a single dad, and his mother's absence is excused a little irresponsibly.
It should also be noted that this isn't a scary book by any means. As a parent of a highly sensitive child, I'm cautious about what books I put in front of him and zombies aren't something I'd think to consider. But Fifth Grade Screams is lighthearted and not scary at all.
Overall, I think this is a fun book for elementary readers that will keep them reading. Click here to buy a copy for only $0.99!