Review! The Looney Experiment by Luke Reynolds

looneyThe Looney Experiment

By Luke Reynolds

208 pages – ages 11+

Published by Blink on August 4, 2015

Synopsis- 8th grader Atticus Hobart has it pretty tough. Not only is he bullied, but he has an overactive imagination (to the point of seriously distracting). Add the fact that his dad just up and left his family, and you can see why Atticus doesn’t know what to do now. When his English teacher takes off for maternity leave, and a crazy seventy-seven year old man named Mr. Looney is their substitute, he takes the class by surprise and teaches in a completely unpredictable manner, helping the students unleash their inner selves. Atticus soon finds out that there is more to meets the eye to Mr. Looney!

What I Thought- I really liked this book. Luke Reynolds has written a compelling story about finding yourself and who you really are. Mr. Looney is that teacher who you don’t want to have, and then find out you love him. He is the type of character that you wish was real. This character-driven story is the kind you can loose yourself in. I like how you can “see” the changes occurring in Atticus throughout the story. I highly recommend this book.

I give this book five out of five bookworms.fivebooks

Categories: Age 9+

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16 replies

  1. We´ve all had teachers we thought would be awful and turned out to be the best! Great concept for a novel.

  2. I love your reviews, your humor (your first post of 2016!), and your language, Erik. I hope you aren’t too “loose” that you “lose” yourself in the books you are reading… Want to read *The Looney Experiment *after reading your take. Books about schools, teachers and disappearing parents interest me! Beth Schmelzer, a fellow blogger of adult and children’s lit


  3. This sounds like a very good book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Erik.

  4. Atticus? Tell me someone mentions To Kill a Mockingbird.

  5. My obedience school teacher helped me find myself. He helped me learn that I could be a good girl…. SOMETIMES! The rest of the time, I’m looney! See what I did there? 🙂

    Love and licks,

  6. This sounds like a great book. I don’t remember hearing of it before. But- I love when there are characters that I want to be real. 🙂

  7. I’m getting this one for my son. It sounds great!

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