This book review of The New Kid by James O’Loghlin is brought to you by Book Boy Jr, aged 12.
Title: The New Kid (Unpopular Me)
Author: James O’Loghlin (ill. Matthew Martin)
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
About the book
The New Kid by James O’Loghlin is about a boy named Sam who moves to Canberra in grade six. He is 11 years old and has no friends, but decides he is going to make himself The Most Popular Kid Ever. This is the story of his journey to popularity – and all the things that go wrong along the way.
What I thought
I think this book is very entertaining and a bit funny – not laugh-out-loud funny, but ‘laughing on the inside’ funny. I read the book very quickly, and I liked the illustrations, which I thought helped the story along.
The book has some good themes about popularity which will hopefully make some kids sit up and listen. It’s a reminder that being popular isn’t everything.
This is an easy read for ages 9-12. I can already tell that James O’Loghlin is an author I will want to read more books from. He’s got such a nice style and I really liked his quiet sense of humour. I think most kids will.
I am looking forward to reading book two in the series, which is called The New Kid: Very Popular Me and is out on 25 June 2019.
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