The Decomposition of Jack

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Middle school is hard enough without giving easy ways for kids to bully you. It’s hard not to be known as the Roadkill Kid when your mother collects roadkill as part of her job. Add in his parent’s divorce, his father moving away, and now a cougar that people don’t believe is there, and Jack’s problems can seem insurmountable. Don’t forget about the deadline for his major science research project.

Kristin O’Donnell has perfectly balanced so many things in The Decomposition of Jack. With gross humor and science, a likeable main character going through a lot, the plight of an animal, and some people that Jack collects along the way (it’s not all about collecting roadkill), this book is likely to appeal to a large range of middle grade readers. I plan on using it with my tween book club.

Disclaimer: An advance copy was provided by HarperCollins Children’s Books.

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