Fly to the Rescue

128p. (Tiny Geniuses: Bk. 1). Scholastic. Jul. 2018. pap. $4.99. ISBN 9780545909518.
Gr 2–5—Jake Everdale is a classic procrastinator, and as his science fair project sneaks closer, he is desperate for help. Local legend says that kids who throw their most prized possession into the wishing well behind school will have their wish granted, so Jake gives it a try with his Heroes of History action figures. At first, nothing seems to happen, but Jake is taken by surprise when Sir Isaac Newton and Amelia Earhart suddenly appear. These two pocket-size heroes wreak havoc in Jake's life, while helping him see the advantage of putting in hard work. Jake will appeal to many kids who find it hard to stay focused and on track, and the two historical heroes are funny and frustrating foils. The story moves quickly and reluctant readers and procrastinators alike will find common ground with Jake's plight.
VERDICT Fans of the "Hank Zipzer" or "Time Warp Trio" will likely enjoy this funny school story.

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