The Mealworm Diaries

Author:  Anna Kerz Copyright Date:  2009
Jeremy and his mother have moved from rural Nova Scotia to Toronto.  Jeremy has some major adjustments to make in life and in school.  Funny and poignant, this story is a marvelous read.  The text is relatively simple but not over simplified.  Short chapters will appeal to struggling readers.  Jeremy and his classmate are wonderful and diverse characters.  A truly multicultural Canadian classroom is represented.  I appreciated the portrayal of an excellent and with-it teacher.  Boring and incompetent teachers are easy characters to include for a few laughs but this teacher is genuine, helpful and professional.  Yeah, I have a bias, I want to like the teachers in the books.

McNally Robinson Review – caution it’s a bit of a spoiler

Rating  #1 (Highly Recommended)   ✓  #2    #3    #4 (Not acceptable)

Curriculum Area:  Language Arts

Themes/Topics: Moving, Changes, Growing up, Grief, Death, Frienship, Realistic Fiction

This book would be suitable for  ✓  Lit Circles  ✓  Kit Materials                               ✓ Read-Aloud (Gr.)  4-6


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