No Castles Here by A.C.E. Bauer
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Augie lives in a bad neighborhood in Camden, New Jersey. Not only does he have to worry about avoiding the drug dealers in the rundown park on the way to and from school, he also must worry about the bullies in his class. Sixth-grade is turning out to be quite a difficult year for him. Things get even worse when he accidentally takes a book from a bookstore downtown. Although Augie isn’t a huge fan of reading, he finds this book of tales fascinating.
When an ice storm hits the town in December, Augie and his classmates are told that their school has been damaged by the frozen plumbing system—damaged so bad, in fact, that it will remain closed for good, and they will all be split up into different schools. Augie can’t believe that adults would give up so easily! With the help of his teacher, his fellow chorus members, his Big Brother, and his mom, Augie fights to save his school.
This is a good story that has the tales Augie reads from his stolen book interspersed within the regular story. Augie’s attitude in the face of his tough life will surely bring smiles to readers. Readers who enjoyed this might also enjoy Finding Stinko (De Guzman) and Slam Dunk! (Robinson).
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