Sarah's Stars

James Preller. Along Came Spider
Scholastic  $17.99  ISBN 978-0-545-03299-5  131 pg.
Reviewed by Anastasia, Age 10

Bang, bang, bang. Ms Lobel fired up three straight shots from down town. Nothing but net each time.

Robert Stevens (Spider) has been best friends with Trey Cooper since forever. When Hoops for Heart comes up at school, which is a basketball tournament, everyone gets to pick their own team. Ryan and his friends, who are the best basketball players in the school, ask Spider to play because Spider is the best dribbler in school. So Trey decides to make up a team of his own, with a girl named Ava and the school librarian Ms. Lobel. It seems that Spider doesn't want to be Trey’s friend at school any longer, just at home. Is their friendship going to last 5th grade?
I liked this book because it had a good nickname for Robert. I think Spider is a funny name and I like that he got it from his gym teacher; he said that Robert could zip up a wall like a spider. Also I thought it was funny that the librarian, Ms. Lobel, was a really good basketball player, and that Trey called their team the Mighty Klutzes. Thirdly, I like the title Along Came Spider. It made me think of the nursery rhyme. Lastly I liked that the book got into the story right away.

James Preller is the author of the popular Jigsaw Jones mystery series. He has written a variety of children's books, ranging from middle-grade novels to picture books. I think Along Came Spider is suitable for ages 9-12.

 I would give Along Came Spider four stars!


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