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Publication Date: 2015
Author Luke Reynoldss humorous and heart-warming contemporary novel, The Looney Experiment, chronicles one boys journey through bullying, first love, and an up-close examination of the meaning of courage.
Atticus Hobart couldnt feel lower. Hes in love with a girl who doesnt know he exists, he is the class bullys personal punching bag, and to top it all off, his dad has just left the family. Into this drama steps Mr. Looney, a 77-year-old substitute English teacher with uncanny insight and a most unconventional approach to teaching. But Atticus soon discovers theres more to Mr. Looneys methods than hed first thought. And as Atticus begins to unlock the truths within his own name, he finds that his hyper-imagination can help him forge his own voice, and maybejust maybediscover that the power to face his problems was inside him all along.
FarmeretteCincinnati, OhAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Heartwarming story of courage and self empowermentMarch 7, 2016FarmeretteCincinnati, OhAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 5The Looney Experiment, written by Luke Reynolds is recommended for ages 11-14 years old. A heartwarming story about an awkward 8th grade boy. His father has decided he needs to find himself and leaves the family. Atticus is in middle school, a very pivoting time for children as they are growing up. He lacks confidence in himself that he should have, he gets picked on, doesnt stand up for himself and is afraid to speak out. He even likes a girl, but is too afraid to talk to her! Some of the same things middle school age children deal with every day. For Atticus will things ever change? Things are not looking much better when his teacher goes on maternity leave. He then finds himself with a substitute teacher, Mr Looney, a 77 year old man who has unconventional ways of teaching. Thru Mr Looneys teachings Atticuss life is change forever! A great story of courage and self empowerment.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a frank and honest review from ZonderKidz. A positive review is not guaranteed. All opinions are my own.
Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5The Looney ExperimentFebruary 12, 2016Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0THE LOONEY EXPERIMENT might have been a good book, but there is too many soft-swear words for my liking. Atticus is also very rude and the book is some sort of journal for him, but he is offensive in the wording he uses. The story is written in first person, which I usually don't mind, but it was also somewhat confusing at times too. He has conversations with his 'gray tights' and talks about going to Hell to visit his friend's uncle then going to Heaven to talk to God then back home in time for dinner, if God doesn't talk too much, so it's rather irreverent. There is also a lot of bullying in it, so maybe only older kids should read it. And I didn't see anything Christian in it at all. If soft swearing and rudeness doesn't bother you, then you might enjoy THE LOONEY EXPERIMENT. I was greatly disappointed and offended by it and give it 2 stars.
Annies InklingsWenatchee, WAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Emergence of CourageOctober 3, 2015Annies InklingsWenatchee, WAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Meet Atticus Hobart, an eighth grader who has decided that his life is pretty much a mess and wonders how it got that way. Why did his dad just up and walk out on his family, why does he choke up and cannot utter a word in public, why is he the one who is constantly beat up by Danny, the school bully, will he always silently pine for Audrey, the most beautiful girl in school? And by the way, why was he named Atticus of all things? Just so Danny could taunt him by calling him Fatticus?
Then into this mess and confusion, Mr. Looney appears as their substitute teacher for the rest of the year. Not only is Mr. Looney old, hes a bit loony himself, and older than dirt according to Atticus. Taking the path less traveled seems to be Mr. Looneys teaching style. And yet theres something about this guy that makes Atticus want to listen to him, and not just because Mr. Looney has a loud, clear, and strong voice. Atticus began to feel safe inside and thought to himself, Id better listen up. This voice has got something interesting to say.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was very humorous and entertaining. When Atticus imagination kicked in and he became the super hero in all kinds of situations, I actually laughed aloud. But also it presented a very strong message. In small steps Atticus left his shell of protection and began to feel hope. This is a book about finding things within ones self that you didnt know existed. Things like courage, believing in yourself, and the ability to manage the problems in your life.
In exchange for my review, the publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through BookLook Bloggers.
Jen PenMidwest4 Stars Out Of 5Well-written with a good message...August 18, 2015Jen PenMidwestQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4SUMMARY:
Just trying to get through middle-school unnoticed, Atticus Hobart cannot seem to make it happen. With an overactive imagination, a crush on a cute girl in class, the brunt of many jokes and a weird name, Atticus needs some help. Enter substitute English teacher Mr. Looney who happens to have an unconventional manner of teaching but may be just what Atticus requires to find his courage
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As a YA novel geared towards 11-14 year-olds, I thought The Looney Experiment was well written with a good message. With references to the book,To Kill a Mockingbird, it is also very relevant and timely to that particular age group. Creative, humorous and entertaining, once accustomed to the style, this story just moved along with shorter chapters. As a seventh grade English teacher and writer of several other books, author Luke Reynolds is more than qualified to pen such an appealing YA novel.
4 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of The Looney Experiment from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*