About the Book
The day the hamster disappears from Smashie McPerter’s class begins like any other. Well, except for the fact that the teacher is out sick and Smashie’s class is stuck with Mr. Carper, the worst substitute in the world. And except for the mysterious business with the glue. And except for the fact that Smashie is wrestling with a terrible problem, which only partly stems from her extreme aversion to hamster feet. As the peaceable and productive days of Room 11 turn into paranoia-fueled chaos, as natural suspects produce natural alibis and motives remain unmotivated, Smashie and her best friend, Dontel, are forced to the limits of their parlor-room detecting to set things right.
My Take on the Book
As I read this with my soon to be second grader, I quickly saw how engrossed she was with the story and the characters. The characters in this book are truly unique and bring their own style to each chapter and page that they are on. The author also writes in a way that keeps the suspense and mystery intact and lets it unfold as it will. She does not let anything go and you do have to wait until the end to really figure it all out, which made the story fun. Beast of all were the characters themselves. The characters were larger than life and they really connect well to one another. Get ready to have this story come alive for you and your kids as it did in my own household!
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