Thunderbowl

Written by Candace Christiansen
Illustrated by Brenda Jones

Reviewed by Can B. (age 14)

The book “Thunderbowl” is about a young boy, Jeremy. Jeremy decides to make a band with his friends. The band becomes pretty successful and they get to play a lot of gigs in pubs. However, as the main character’s musical performance improves, his school performance deteriorates. Therefore, he decides to quit school to continue with the band. But one day, one of his teachers hears his gig at the local pub and he talks to the boy to try and convince him to stay in school. The boy goes on to have many interesting adventures.

My favorite part was when he left the pub with his girlfriend’s car and he was about to crash because it was very wild.

I think teenagers would find this story interesting as they can relate to school life and teen problems because Jeremy is 16 years old and there is a lot of problem solving in the book.

The message that the author was trying to tell the reader is that school is more important than music bands. Maybe she is right but it wasn't very well explained. I think she is right because if you have a band, it’s really hard to become famous because you really need luck. But if you stay in school, you have more chance of getting a good job. Maybe you won’t make as much money as you would if your were a rock start but you would be more stable.

Can B. is a student in Ms. Greenall's 8th Grade Class
2009-2010