Jun 5, 2014

Review: 28 Tricks for a Fearless Grade 6

28 Tricks for a Fearless Grade 6
28 Tricks for a Fearless Grade 6 by Catherine Austen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book description:

Dave Davidson's heart is in the right place. He believes it's his mission to cure his friends of their fears. But his solutions are hare-brained at best and often come with unintended and hilarious consequences. Afraid of dancing at the school dance? Dave's got ways to fix that: sprain an ankle, eat expired food to get sick, or even get yourself suspended for a few days. Have a public speaking phobia? Dave can fix that for you too: get laryngitis, forge a note from a therapist, or get your friends to hold up cue cards. This hilarious new novel will appeal to reluctant tween readers, especially boys.


This book is one of the most inspiring reads for 6th grade age kids that I have ever read. The story
Is filled with lots if silliness, but also very important lessons about facing fears and looking to the future with a positive attitude. No reason to stress or worry about everything is demonstrated via the silly binds the various characters find themselves helping each other through.

I am very happy to have received this advanced readers copy for review, and I can not wait to share it with my own son and other readers. The ups and downs of each character's phobias are entertaining, and the children need some help in the ethics area at the beginning. They all come out in the bright, even with their "different" zany teacher leading the lessons.

I can not say enough good things about the creativity and the enthusiasm that encourages readers to do their best and cut down on the stress and worry. I love that the group works together, as friends should, to solve most of the issues that cause one friend or the other to panic ... Like dancing, public speaking, fearing dogs, having a negative outlook for the future, etc.

This is not a "self help" book at all, but it us very helpful as an entertaining story that will lead young readers in all of the right directions in grade 6 and in their adult life. A positive attitude and positive thoughts and actions change the world and that is an important lesson to learn at a young age!!

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