Book Review: Revenge of the Dorkoids - The Secret Club Begins by Holly Beck
|5 stars, 1 review|
Holly Beckabout this book: Love pranks? Want to see bullies put in their place? Like secret languages?
In Revenge of the Dorkoids, Aaron and his best friends, Ryan and Trevor, surprise and flummox (stump) Jake and his friends. Using a series of pranks and a stunning plan, they end up developing a Secret Club with its own Secret Language.
This fun powerhouse book encourages learning as Aaron, Ryan, and Trever compete for the coveted "Best of Show Award" at the joint two school, Science Fair. Aaron develops a vocabulary-based project which helps him build bonds with his classmates (anti-bullying technique) as he discovers how to expand his prodigious (large) vocabulary into a secret language. Designed to be reader friendly, the 43 vocabulary words are defined in footnotes, chapter headings and in translations of the Secret Club's secret messages. A full glossary of vocabulary words is included in the back of the book along with discussion questions about bullying, team work, vocabulary and science fairs.
Parents will like the plot themes woven into this fun, powerhouse book.
· Three research-proven ways to discourage bullying
· How to conduct a science fair experiment,
· Doing homework
· Using math, science and vocabulary
· Constant use of vocabulary, 43 words presented and defined
· Glossary of vocabulary words
· Discussion questions in the back of the book
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Lots of Language FunI absolutely love this book. I'm a professor of linguistics, and love this book for its language play. One of the best things you can do for your kids is give them a love of language. As I tell my students, there is NO part of life that doesn't involve language. The better you master it, the more successful you become. Holly's book highlights this in several ways, but keeps it fun, lighthearted and full of play.
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