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Night of the Spadefoot Toads 1 Edition
Contributor(s): Harley, Bill

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ISBN: 1561454591     ISBN-13: 9781561454594
Publisher: Peachtree Pub Ltd
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2008

Annotation: When his family moves from Tucson, Arizona to Massachusetts, fifth-grader Ben has a hard time leaving the desert he loves, but when he finds a kindred spirit in his science teacher and ends up trying to help her with some of her problems, he finally begins to feel at home.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Moving, Household; Fiction.
Vernal pool ecology; Fiction.
Environmental protection; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Frogs & Toads
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2008008784
Lexile Measure: 610
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 6.20" W x 1.05" (0.90 lbs) 220 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 131221
Reading Level: 3.7   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 6.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q44611
Reading Level: 3.4   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 11.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring)
Having just moved from Arizona to Massachusetts, Ben unexpectedly makes friends with his teacher, a fellow nature lover. Soon Ben finds himself defending Mrs. Tibbets's land, and the rare toads that live there, from developers. Exploring topics such as environmentalism, friendship, and personal responsibility, the story is overblown but effective in getting across its message. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 March)

Gr 3–6—Fifth-grader Ben Moroney has just moved from Arizona to Massachusetts. While struggling to adjust to his new home, he becomes unlikely friends with his science teacher, Mrs. Tibbets. She introduces the young nature enthusiast to the wildlife inhabiting her rural property, including the fascinating, rarely seen spadefoot toad. Despite his initial loyalty to his previous home, Ben finds himself increasingly interested in his new environment, and when he learns that the spadefoot toad's habitat will soon be sold to developers, he makes it his mission to save the threatened species he has grown to love. This title does not contain the same level of mystery, action, and suspense as Carl Hiassen's Hoot (Knopf, 2002), but the narrative does move along at a quick enough pace to keep the book interesting, and the main character is a well-developed, realistic "child hero." An additional purchase with a positive message that may appeal to readers interested in science and nature.—Melinda Piehler, Sawgrass Elementary School, Sunrise, FL

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