Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo

a novel by Greg Leitich Smith

Elias, Honoria, and Shohei are best friends facing the threshold of their teenage years at The Preshtigo School of Chicago.

Elias (reluctant science fair participant) finds himself fighting against the accusations of Mr. Eden (the chemistry teacher who idolizes Elias's older brother) of not properly conducting his experiment (the one he copied from his brother).

Honoria realizes that telling a best friend you like him, is a lot harder than it seems. Harder, even, than to convince a piranha to prefer fruit over meat.

Shohei deals with an interesting, yet universal, situation with his adopted parents, who have decided that he needs to become "one" with the culture of the Land of the Rising Sun.

Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo is a hilarious and entertaining read, filled with wit, wisdom, and even a bit of science. I greatly enjoyed reading this book. There were many parts where I laughed out loud.

My personal favorite scenario, out of the three main characters, was Shohei's. I found his little brother - who adapts to the introduction of the Japanese culture easily, and more willingly, than Shohei - to be a hoot!

This book is sure to bring a smile to your face, as well as introduce you to a different culture, and scientific procedures, while taking you into the challenging world of young teenagers.

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