Robbie Knightley (Hat City Middle School Series – book 2) by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

robbieknightRobbie Knightley (Hat City Middle School Series – Book 2)

By Lauren Baratz-Logsted

127 pages – ages 9+

Published Hat City Press on December 9, 2012

Robbie Knightly is confused when he hears his parents say that he has “something missing.” He knows he’s always been kind of a trouble-maker (not on purpose, but it just follows him). He starts to wonder if he is “normal,” so he starts to try to act “normal” or what he thinks normal should be. He keeps quiet and tries avoiding people so he doesn’t cause trouble. Robbie attempts to miss his school field trip because he didn’t want the other kids to think he’s not “normal” either. Sadly, his plan to get out of the trip backfires and he has to go on the trip, where it turns out that Robbie is needed most of all…

This was a good sequel to the first book in the series. I think it deals with a topic a lot of kids think about – not fitting in or feeling weird about yourself. I also like that it has a kid trying to be “normal”, when NO ONE really is “normal”. 😉 This book takes off right after book 1 (read my review of book 1 in the series HERE) and has the same great characters. I think the characters in the book are very realistic and the story was very good. The story line was good too. I think kids 9+ would like this book!

I give Robbie Knightley five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

To learn more about Ms. Baratz-Logsted and her other books, please visit her website by clicking HERE.

Categories: Age 9+

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16 replies

  1. I really like this cover. Love the colors. Funny, my daughter (who is well-adjusted) now loves being “not normal.” Must be a teen girl thing. 🙂

  2. Even as adults, and knowing, as you say, Erik, that no one is really “normal”, we still want to feel normal and part of the crowd. This sounds like a great read with some very authentic characters!

  3. Ah! Fitting in and trying to is always a mistake. We can only be ourselves.

  4. I agree with Niamh, we should always try to be ourselves. It’s so hard for youth to understand this. I really like this series Erik. Great books and a great review.

  5. I think when I was at school, I just wanted to be invisible… lol. This is a wonderful review on a story with a universal message. Loved the cover illustration. Thanks for sharing Erik.

  6. Sounds like a good book that addresses an important topic. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. Another good one Erik! Thanks.

  8. This book reminded me of our previous bimonthly theme: Oddballs and Misfits. Truly a very interesting theme to explore in children’s books.

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