Miles Lewis: Matchmaker

Penguin Workshop. (Miles Lewis: Bk. 3). Dec. 2022. 96p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780593383568.
Gr 2-5–In this installment of the “Miles Lewis” series, the fourth grader learns about caring for others and having fun, along with cool science facts. Miles, who is Black, is not too excited about Valentine’s Day; he thinks it’s all too mushy. Then, his teacher comes up with a themed STEM activity—the children will use three different liquids, such as soda, warm water, and vinegar, to see if heart-shaped candies will sink or float. The students are also tasked with writing about things they love. Miles includes items like his love of bike-riding and his family’s weekly trips to the farmers’ market. Nana and his parents share with him that not everyone has access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and Miles’s father emphasizes the importance of giving back to communities in need while educating him on George Washington Carver and his many peanut creations. Miles brings this knowledge to school, suggesting he and his classmates start a community garden so fruits and vegetables are more accessible. There is also a humorous subplot wherein Miles and his friend Jada try to matchmake their grandparents. Back matter includes an epilogue of facts about George Washington Carver.
VERDICT Another great addition to this heartwarming series that introduces young readers to STEM activities along with a lesson about giving back to one’s community.

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