- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 30, 2008

I read an interesting book called “The Saturdays.” This book took place in New York City around the 1940s. It was a little hard to understand the whole thing because the way people talked in those days is so different. For example, the children would exclaim, “Gee whiz, that’s swell!” Now we would say something like, “That’s really cool!” This book did not have only one big event, but a whole bunch of small ones because every Saturday there was a new adventure.

The main characters are the Melendy children (a 13-year-old girl named Mona, a 12-year-old boy named Rush, a 10-year-old girl named Randy, and a 6-year-old named Oliver) and they form a club called the Independent Saturday Afternoon Adventure Club, also known as ISAAC. The purpose of the club was to take their never-ending, boring Saturday rituals and change them into exciting adventures using their allowance money from the previous week.

One Saturday adventure that didn’t go as expected was when Oliver, the 6-year-old brother, decided that since his older siblings could go out every Saturday, he should be able to as well! So he took himself to the circus. He had an enjoyable day - or so he thought! - but soon the circus was over and night was falling. His brothers and sisters were frantically looking for him. Luckily when the circus was over, Oliver was found by a policeman who took him home to his family who were glad to see him home safely.

I give this book a star rating of 2 out of 4 because it was not very exciting and had no real plot or climax. It was mainly small stories of the characters’ Saturday adventures. I would not recommend this book to anyone over 10 years old, but I think younger children may enjoy “The Saturdays.”

RATING: 2 stars

BOOK: “The Saturdays”

AUTHOR: Elizabeth Enright

PUBLISHER: Feiwel & Friends (January 2008), paperback, 192 pages

READING LEVEL: Ages 8 to 12

PRICE: $6.99

INFORMATION: us.macmillan.com/FeiwelAndFriends.aspx

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