Roxie and the Hooligans by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
Age Range: 8 – 10 years
Grade Level: 3 – 5
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (May 8, 2007)
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the Book:
Do not panic.
Lord Thistlebottom’s Book of Pitfalls and How to Survive Them
has taught Roxie Warbler how to handle all sorts of situations. If
Roxie’s ever lost in the desert, or buried in an avalanche, or caught in
a dust storm, she knows just what to do. But Lord Thistlebottom has no
advice to help Roxie deal with Helvetia’s Hooligans, the meanest band of
bullies in school.
Then Roxie finds herself stranded on a
deserted island with not only the Hooligans but also a pair of crooks on
the lam, and her survival skills may just save the day — and turn the
Hooligans into surprising allies.
Roxie loves listening to her uncle’s adventures, but she has never done
anything exciting until the day a she and a group of bullies
accidentally get trapped on an island in the middle of the ocean.
Thankfully, Roxie stays clam and remembers the advice her uncle gave her
The thing I liked about this book was that Roxie started off not
particularly brave or adventurous. But she rose to the challenge and did
what was necessary to survive, even when the other kids were too scared
or too lazy to help out. By the end, she had not only turned her
bullies into her admirers, but she also managed to save the day and get
everyone home in one piece.
This book is perfect for kids ages 7-10 that like adventure and survival.