Fourth Grade Journey

A Fourth Grade Teacher's Journey Through the World of Books

Monday, August 3, 2020

Itch by Polly Farquhar

How I Heard About It:
*This title came to me via the publisher.  I was sent an electronic version of the story.  I downloaded the novel and read it via Audible.  

What It Is About - FIVE Things You Need to Know:
1.  *Issac, the main character, is beginning sixth grade and nothing is going quite his way.  

2.  *His main issue is the "itch" he must deal with and it is described as Idiopathic.  

3.  *The Ohio town he resides in, experiences a tornado which destroys a portion of the school he attends.  

3.  *Itch has learned how to get along and deal with the social scene at school until a new student, "Homer", joins the sixth grade class.  

4.  *A couple of the kids have good allergies and these become more compliment as the sixth grade year progresses and the school must find a new location for the cafeteria.  

5.  *Itch, his best friend Sydney, and the new kid, navigate the rough world of allergies, nicknames, and finding one's spot in the social ranking of the school setting.

What I Thought Of It - Five Observations/Reflections:
1.  *I have never read a book about allergies and the effects of those allergies on the person.  

2.  *I appreciated the story was #ownvoices.  She herself experienced allergies.  

3.  *There was a lot going on in the story:  a mother who leaves, a tornado, a job on a bird farm, allergies, nicknames, and a variety of other events.  At times I thought it was too much.

4.  *The overall theme of friendship and acceptance was presented in a kid-friendly fashion and provided a lot to discuss.  

5.  *I did get a bit bogged down with some of the events in the middle of the story, but overall enjoyed the journey Isaac and his friends took.  

Who Should Read It:
*This novel would be best suited for readers in grades four, five, and six.  Some readers in middle-school that gravitate toward upper elementary novels, would also be a great audience for the story.  If you know of a young person that deals with allergies, this would be the perfect book. I also think the novel would make for a great class read aloud.  Happy Reading!  

Rating:  3 STARS out of 5 Stars

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