FICTION

How To Test a Friendship

Random. (Magnificent Makers: Bk. 1). May 2020. 112p. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780593122990; pap. $5.99. ISBN 9780593122983.
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K-Gr 3–Pablo and Violet are best friends. When new student Deepak joins their duo, Pablo isn’t so sure he likes the competition as Violet’s best friend. The three are grouped together for a science project, and before long, they’re whisked away to a magical Maker Maze run by the eccentric Dr. Crisp. The three must work together to complete three levels of the maze, and to cement their friendship as a trio, before time runs out. This series is great for kids who are looking for an adventure that isn’t scary. The science theme is fun, educational, and age-appropriate for the intended audience. The cartoonish illustrations pair well with the text and add context and emotion to the plot.
VERDICT Fans of “The Magic School Bus” series will enjoy this as a step up in reading level with a similar theme. A recommended purchase for public and school libraries.

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