Roll Up the Streets
by John Badek
Publication Date: September, 2010
List Price: $15.99
Review: Brain-washing corndogs, an awful stink and not getting any candy! What could be worse than that? Not getting ANY candy, now that is not fun at all!!!! I read the book Roll Up the Streets, by John Bladek. The main characters are Jake Machet, a sixth grade student, and his friend Samantha Warkofski (Sammie).
Jake and Sammie are two students in a small town that really stinks! One day Sammie goes to Jake's house for dessert and Jake's dad overhears them talking mean about J. P. Rumblegut. Jake is grounded for three day while Sammie moves away. Maggie, Jake's little sister, tells Jake that she saw Sammie then Jake is so excited that he runs away to J. P.'s factory where he thinks he'll find Sammie. The good news is that he finds Sammie, but he ends up in much more trouble than before.
On the first reading, the beginning of the story is confusing, slow and Jake's little jokes and comments are supposed to be funny but instead are annoying. The story has little adventure or excitement until close to the end. One of the parts that I liked best was when a character changed into something that totally surprised me.
When I read the book again, the beginning was not as confusing and I liked Jake's comments more than the first time I read the book. I got much more out of the book the second time I read it, so I suggest you read the book twice too. In the end, I rate the book a 3 out of 5 stars because, for me at least, it required a second reading.
Review written by Michael (6th grade student).
We would like to thank Kane Miller for providing a copy of Roll Up the Streets for this review.
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