Lexile Score: n/a
Maturity level: third grade
Pages: 190 Chapters: 15 Average Chapter Length: 15 pages
Theme: friendship, facing challenges, goals,
Project ideas: Science tie-in: mold experiments listed in back of book
First Line: My name is Phineas Listerman MacGuire.
Main Character: Phineas
Review in 25 words or less: Kid-friendly writing style, with lots of humor, “gross” science stuff, likeable characters and fun plot will find many happy readers.
I can’t wait to use this book in a fourth grade classroom. It is an easy read, and I think the students will relate to the character (also a fourth grader) and his situations. In addition to the great science embedded in the story are many other discussion topics, such as personal strengths and motivation.