Ms Rapscott’s Girls

msrapscottsgirlsWritten by Elise Primavera

I liked this book but did not love it. I loved the idea of it, but the actual story was not enough for me. It is a fast paced, fun and descriptive story, but it needed something more. I think it might have been a little too fast paced and we miss a little of the potential because of it. It was almost as if the author was trying too hard. Middle grade students might miss some of that and really enjoy it, though.

The story is a creative, positive and whimsical tale of an unusual school for girls whose parents are too busy to be parents. The school motto is based on Amelia Earhart’s words “Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” The girls definitely go on some creative and amazing adventures during their short stay at the school. The story is a mixture of illustrations and text similar to Brian Selznick’s style. I really enjoyed the illustrations that accompanied the story.

The book ends leaving an opportunity for the story to continue. We will have to wait to see what happens next for Ms. Rapscott’s girls.

Review by Vanessa Eyre, Robert Frost Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★½✩ (3.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 3-5

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Ms Rapscott’s Girls
Written by Elise Primavera
Dial Books for Young Readers
262 pages
Release Date: March 10, 2015

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