Review! The Drake Equation by Bart King

drakeThe Drake Equation

By Bart King

320 pages – ages 8+

Published by Disney-Hyperion May 10, 2016

Synopsis- Noah Grow loves birds. In first grade, he was his school’s bird-watcher of the year. Now, he carries binoculars with him at all times, and has even done a science project on rare wood ducks, calling it the Drake Equation. One day, he hears what he is sure is a wood duck on the way home from school. So, he does the most logical thing he can think of – he decides to get off the bus at the wrong stop and follow it. But when he ends up running down a hill and hitting a fence, he wasn’t expecting to find a shiny disc… or, when he takes the disc home, for the disc to give him mysterious powers… or that the existence of the whole human race is at stake…

What I Thought- This book is hilarious. That’s the best word to describe it. I loved the fact that at really tense moments, Noah would get distracted by seeing a bird, and then questions why he was saving the Earth and wasn’t doing what really mattered – recording that he had seen the bird to the Audubon Society! Noah was a great character for me. I read so much and usually the heroic main-character follows a formula – but Noah was fresh. It was nice having a character who didn’t really care about doing the heroic thing (who also hated adventures), but was kind of forced into it. King’s ability to engage and entertain a middle school audience shines through in the story. I also liked that there are “Field notes” footnotes, used to tell backstory, and entries similar to bird-identifying booklets, but for the characters. It really made the book feel like a journal. I enjoyed it a lot. The story and characters are believable and wacky at the same time. I really liked Mr. King’s fun nonfiction books (The Big Book of Boy Stuff, and The Big Book of Superheroes), and this is a great foray into fiction!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Categories: Age 6-9

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7 replies

  1. You said the magic word … hilarious! I think my 5th grade son will like this! Buying it for him!

  2. Yay for THE DRAKE EQUATION! Glad to hear you loved it too.


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