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Friday, March 8, 2013

Review: Luz Makes a Splash by Claudia Davila

Luz Makes a Splash by Claudia Davila. A Future According to Luz book.

Luz Makes a Splash by Claudia Davila

Kids Can Press
Publication Date: August 2012
List Price: $16.95
ISBN-13: 9781554537624

Review: "There was a sign saying they own the property. I think they used the pond's spring to make soft drinks." Luz tells her mom and grandma about the events that were happening down at the pond. If you are a child who likes books that deal with an environmental issue, then Luz Makes a Splash, a children's book, written and illustrated by Claudia D‡vila is the book for you.

As the sun beats down on the city of Petroville, Luz and her friends, Roberto and Anika, go to cool off at the local pond. After they reach the pond, they've find that a nearby factory, Top Cola, has been sucking up the water in the spring that leads to the pond. Luz and the people of Petroville decide that they need to work together to save the pond and stop Top Cola.

In my opinion, Luz Makes a Splash is very interesting and it will motivate young readers to keep turning the pages. The plot is very realistic because it can happen anywhere at any time. Also, because of the fantastic details, this book makes me feel like I am a part of the story. Furthermore, there is much intriguing dialogue included in this novel, and this adds to the realism. However, a negative is that this book was written for younger children. I am in the sixth grade, and I found the pages too short. In addition, I felt like the pages needed to be longer in order to pull me into the story even more. Although this book is interesting, it is much too easy for me to read. I am the kind of person who likes to be challenged. Most of the vocabulary used in this book is fairly low leveled and not at all difficult. I strongly recommend Luz Makes a Splash to young children of both genders; however, I would not recommend this book to teenagers or adults.

Review written by Jessica (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Raab Associates for providing a copy of Luz Makes a Splash for this review.

Have you read Luz Makes a Splash? How would you rate it?

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