Calvin Coconut: The Zippy Fix by Graham Salisbury, illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
Calvin is in a bit of a bind.
Stella, the girl that is living with his family for a while, has been relentlessly teasing him. So he gets revenge...but the prank gets a little out of hand and he feels horrible.
Her sixteenth birthday is quickly approaching and Calvin wants to do something extra special...buy a CD from her favorite artist. But he doesn't have any money. Calvin quickly does odd jobs to earn money and purchase the CD...and finds trouble all along the way. What I Thought: I think Calvin is very cool, and what I think I like most about these books are the fact that they are set in Hawaii. I don't think it would matter if the reader had ever visited the islands to enjoy this book, but I think this setting is just so neat.
In this story, Calvin deals with a typical older "sister" like character, bullies, and has great friends and displays a sense of dedication and follow through on what he wants. And all these things are handled with a sense of adventure, fun, and a little bit of mischief.
Overall, a great read! Give to any elementary student first grade and up!
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