Nixon Humbolt is average. He’s not the most popular. He’s not the most athletic. He’s not the most intelligent. He used to be fat, and was nicknamed “Fatty Humbolt”. Now that he has slimmed down, he is no longer a target. Nix is the complete opposite of his wild older sister, Roxy. He spends most of his free time in the workshop. Then he finds Twig, and his efforts to heal the mistreated dog transform Nix. Written in verse.
Comments from the Senior Owlets:
- Not the normal type of book kids would choose to read.
- Liked how the free-form poetry let the reader inside Nix’s mind.
- Liked how the poetry was all from one point of view.
- Poetry made it very layered, gave the reader insight into Nix, added read complexity.
- Liked the character of Nix and his quietness.
- Believed the relationships in the book particularly Nix and Roxy.
- Felt like the poetry gave you full access into Nix.
- Definitely wouldn’t have picked this book.
- Real coming of age novel.
Final score, with 5 members voting: 8.72 out of 10
January’s choice for Senior Owlets is I Am Number Four by Picattus Lore.
Nine of us came here.
We look like you.
We talk like you.
We live among you—but
We are not you.
We have powers you dream of having.
We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—
But we are real.
They caught Number One in Malaysia. Number Two in England. And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.
I am Number Four. I am next.
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