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Greg Leitich Smith

Autor(a) de Santa Knows

10 Works 446 Membros 12 Críticas

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Obras por Greg Leitich Smith

Santa Knows (2006) 226 exemplares
Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo (2003) 107 exemplares
Chronal Engine (2012) 48 exemplares
Tofu and T. rex (2005) 28 exemplares
Borrowed Time (2015) 16 exemplares
Spy Liner 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Smith, Greg Leitich
Local de nascimento
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Leitich Smith, Cynthia (wife)



Three friends in the 7th grade navigate a love triangle and a science fair.

On the one hand, this seems to be the only book I can find written by an Asian-American author with a random Asian-American character that isn't about immigration. On the other, it's one of my least favorite genres: the awkwardness of navigating one's love life in the 7th grade.

The plot point about the authoritarian "I have to be right" teacher is an interesting one. The ending feels unsatisfying because the teacher magically turns into someone reasonable. I don't know how I wanted that conflict to resolve: the student accepting unfair punishment and learning that life is unfair? The student fighting the teacher forever and losing? I'm not sure.… (mais)
bexaplex | 4 outras críticas | Aug 15, 2021 |
First off this book is overly long. What happens in a family with multiple children where one believes in Santa and the other doesn’t? Well Santa knows. The idea is there, I’m just not a fan of the execution.
LibrarianRyan | 1 outra crítica | Dec 2, 2020 |
A vegan living in a carnivore world. That is what Frederika is confronted with when she is expelled from her current school in Texas and sent to live with her Opa and cousin Hans-Peter in Chicago. You see, Opa owns Delicatessen Kowalski and Hans-Peter is working on a new recipe for sausage when he isn't reading about dinosaurs.

Frederika reputation for staging dramatic events in her promotion of veganism, that tended to go awry, was well known at the prestigious Peshtigo School, a private school by Lake Shore Drive. She had been attending there before her family moved to Texas. This was to be of no help to Hans-Peter who had just applied to attend it.

There was also the trials of living in a small bungalow house with one bathroom, two bedrooms, two teens and an Opa who didn't put up with shenanigans. There are also two bullfrogs and a paper-mache dinosaur in the mix.

This was a fun and quick read. Written from both perspectives presented alternately throughout the whole book, you get the story from both sides. Both kids have goals and how they go about it is pretty humourous. With Opa keeping the helm on track life seems to somehow weather the small storms that arise.
… (mais)
ChazziFrazz | Jun 23, 2016 |
Cute fantasy. Yes I know it's 'realistic fiction' - but nonetheless it's a fantasy. I mean to say, would the science teacher really be so short-sighted at such an expensive school? Or would Shohei's parents really be so blind to what he's really interested in - to the point of being, actually, racist? Or would Elias' big brother be that unavailable?

And if it's written about smart kids, smart kids are probably going to read it. And they're going to be just as exasperated as I by the hyper-fast shifting of the three points-of-view. Experienced readers do not have such a short attention span.

Still, it's really fine, and I'm tempted to give it four stars, just to counter all the negative reviews here. I can't quite justify that though. It's cute, fun, with some interesting ideas, but nothing special. Imo.
… (mais)
Cheryl_in_CC_NV | 4 outras críticas | Jun 6, 2016 |



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