The Looney Experiment
Written by Luke Reynolds
Ages: 12 and up
From the Zondervan Website: "Humorous and heart-warming, author Luke Reynolds' The Looney Experiment chronicles one boy's journey through bullying, first love, and--with the help of an older than dirt and crazier than insanity itself substitute English teacher named Mr. Looney--an up-close examination of the meaning of courage."
In The Looney Experiment, Ryan Reynolds addresses some tough issues young people have to face today...struggles in family, bullying, being afraid, and young love. As a 7th grade English teacher, I am sure that Ryan has quite a bit of experience with these issues.
This book made me laugh out loud and cry like crazy. I really enjoyed the antics of the Substitute teacher, Mr. Looney...his classes sounded like a lot of fun! It was hard to read the parts of the bullying that Atticus endured. Some of the description is hard to read. Overall, though, I liked this book! It had a message of hope and courage...standing up for what's right, even when no one else does. The things in this book are not sugar coated to make it pleasing to read...there are TOUGH issues kids deal with and it looks ugly sometimes. The main character has a lot of growth throughout this book and even though things may not be better in every area, he learns valuable lessons. Parents, you may want to preview this book before handing it over to your child.
I received this book in exchange for a frank and honest review. All opinions are my own. Your results and/or opinions may vary.