Scouts

Scouts

Stranger Things meets The Goonies in this suspenseful yet heartwarming adventure story of a group of friends who set out to find a crashed meteor...but find mystery, danger, and fractures in their close relationships instead.Annie, Beans, Rocky, and Fynn. They're the Scouts--best friends who do everything together. It's 1985, and with the summer before seventh grade...

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Title:Scouts
Author:Shannon Greenland
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Edition Language:English

Scouts Reviews

  • Kirsten

    What a fun little coming of age adventure! This will be a great read aloud in my classroom

  • Carrie Lynn Hayton

    Such a great and excellent book.

  • Melanie Dulaney

    While I have not been completely impressed with some of the “Patterson Presents” books, Greenland’s Scouts has a lot to offer my 4th and 5th grade library patrons and nothing that might set off any warning lights with the adults who love them. Annie, Beans, Rocky and Fynn, who call themselves Scouts, are good friends who get a little too adventurous and find themselves in some pretty scary and dangerous situations after they set off to find a meteor that crash landed near their homes. Along with

    While I have not been completely impressed with some of the “Patterson Presents” books, Greenland’s Scouts has a lot to offer my 4th and 5th grade library patrons and nothing that might set off any warning lights with the adults who love them. Annie, Beans, Rocky and Fynn, who call themselves Scouts, are good friends who get a little too adventurous and find themselves in some pretty scary and dangerous situations after they set off to find a meteor that crash landed near their homes. Along with cousin Scarlett, the junior high school aged explorers set out on a path of discovery that yields excitement and some valuable life lessons in friendship and in not lying to parents! The ending is complete, but clearly leaves an opening for a sequel. It’s non-intimidating length and fast pace make this a great choice for reluctant readers who need some encouragement to move on from the shorter, quick read type books. Recommended for readers in grades 4-8. Thanks for the dARC, Edelweiss.

  • L M

    As a reader...

    Scouts definitely kept my attention- there was always something happening with no lagging in the story at all. The story was interesting and well-written, and I loved the characters. I didn't love the ending, though, and I felt like it needed more explanation. I enjoyed journeying with the scouts and I'd love to see a second book come from this!

    As a teacher...

    I think this would be a good read for kids around the 4th-6th grade range, but there was a little bit of language that I

    As a reader...

    Scouts definitely kept my attention- there was always something happening with no lagging in the story at all. The story was interesting and well-written, and I loved the characters. I didn't love the ending, though, and I felt like it needed more explanation. I enjoyed journeying with the scouts and I'd love to see a second book come from this!

    As a teacher...

    I think this would be a good read for kids around the 4th-6th grade range, but there was a little bit of language that I would deem inappropriate for younger kids. (Mainly the use of ‘what the Hell.’) There was also mention of sticking up one's middle finger as well as some "potty talk" here and there.

    Overall, I loved the book!

  • Deb

    A fun adventure for the younger reader!

  • Cheryl

    I picked up this book for my nephews. They are boy scouts and cub scouts. I figured they would have a fun time reading this book. While, I did like this book; I know that my nephews will enjoy it a lot more. This is fine as this book is written and geared towards the younger reading audience. So this book is appropriately written for the right audience.

    I did not have a favorite out of the group. Although, I did like them all. What I appreciated was the fact that the group included a few girls.

    I picked up this book for my nephews. They are boy scouts and cub scouts. I figured they would have a fun time reading this book. While, I did like this book; I know that my nephews will enjoy it a lot more. This is fine as this book is written and geared towards the younger reading audience. So this book is appropriately written for the right audience.

    I did not have a favorite out of the group. Although, I did like them all. What I appreciated was the fact that the group included a few girls. Girls are scouts as well. Yet, I am not familiar with any scouting events or trips that my nephews have gone on or where I did join them; where we encountered mysterious gas clouds and other such strange events like the group did in this book. Overall, I would suggest checking out this book if you have a young reader looking for their next read.

  • Sandy

    This was a good old fashioned mystery for children. My caution would be that the author did use some language that wasn't needed as usual, but could be something you wouldn't want your kids to read. That's too bad.

  • Aubrie

    One of my jobs allows me to set up book displays, and I like getting an idea of what I'd like to put on those displays by actually reading the material. I had a very specific idea in mind, of getting together books that are similar to the television show Stranger Things. The description on the back of this book claims this book is like Stranger Things and The Goonies, so I wanted to read it to see how true that was considering that it's also a children's book, which obviously has to be written

    One of my jobs allows me to set up book displays, and I like getting an idea of what I'd like to put on those displays by actually reading the material. I had a very specific idea in mind, of getting together books that are similar to the television show Stranger Things. The description on the back of this book claims this book is like Stranger Things and The Goonies, so I wanted to read it to see how true that was considering that it's also a children's book, which obviously has to be written for younger readers.

    I found an Advance Reading Copy (ARC) at work after its publication and read it along with the audiobook. It's most definitely written for younger readers and therefore I have no idea how to gauge the rating for them but, for me, I think it was just ok. It reminded me more of Goonies than Stranger Things, but I also don't think the writing itself made a lot of sense.

    The story takes place in a small quiet town in the 1980s. A group of kids watches a meteor shower and sees one fall closeby. So they go on this mission to find it. On the way, they come across this family who seems to want to find the meteor just as badly, and will stop at nothing to make sure they find it first. Seems like a simple enough story, but it falls short on several occasions.

    First, why the 1980s? The only truly significant thing about this setting is that none of the kids have cellphones (a rarity in 2019) and so they use a walkie talkie... once. The one other detail of the time was that one of the kids was wearing a Guns N' Roses t-shirt, which are still worn today in any age group. So why the 1980s unless it was to seem similar to Goonies or Stranger Things, the latter in particular being especially popular right now?

    Second - and very much a spoiler, so stop reading now - the family the kids come across was actually hired by one of the kids' fathers, who works for the government, to keep the kids safe. They do this by stealing all their stuff, and tying them up, and threatening them. Really, this family's antics were only written in for the child-like fear of adults, but for people hired to keep the kids safe, why go through the extra trouble to potentially be put away for kidnapping? Why not just tell them, hey, we need you kids to be safe so go watch some television in the house. Although, the family is the only thing that reminded me of Goonies and, in particular, Mama Fratelli.

    Third, the ending explained nothing. What they found was some government experiment, but it is never explained what it is, and the only hint of fantasy science fiction we get is that one of the kids THINKS she sees an alien as they are leaving and being driven home.

    Fourth, while there are female characters in this book, which people might consider a coming-of-age, I think they could have been written better. There is so much animosity between them throughout most of the book. There is some sort of rivalry between the boys as well, but one of the girls is written as a liar who embellishes or exaggerates. I struggled enough with getting along with other girls growing up. If I had read this as a kid, I would have believed all girls weren't to be trusted because that's exactly how stories were written back then, and it took me a long time to realize that girlhood (now womanhood) is NOT a competition and the only reason I believed it was is because of how media likes to portray girls and women.

    Now, there is one redeeming thing about this book, but it's something that probably won't get any attention now that the book is published. An ARC is a copy that may not have gone through the last editing overhaul, so there can be mistakes such as misspellings or the wrong punctuation. Well, I listened to the audiobook (which had all the changes made by publication) while reading the ARC and there was one not-so-minor detail changed. Of course, kids tend to be intrigued by ghost stories or urban legends, and there was one in this book while the kids were exploring, about the curses made on the land they were passing through. In the pre-edited ARC, the curses were made by Native Americans. In the audiobook, they were made by generic "mountain witches." It was an interesting and very welcome change, actually, since there are enough terrible stereotypes about Native Americans as it is. I'm glad that it was caught in the editing process and changed.

    So, all in all, I don't think I would recommend this. It's an easy read, but it's lacking a lot. HOWEVER, this is coming from a full-fledged adult, so I don't know how much that would influence anyone's decision-making in reading this book. Do I think it's anything like The Goonies or Stranger Things as it claims? Maybe if my brain squints really hard, it's reminded a tiny bit of The Goonies, but otherwise no.

  • Brandi Rae Fong

    Adventurous kids, an asteroid, strange things, and a great cover...and 2/3 of the way through I realized I just didn't care what happened. Perhaps the target audience of 4th-6th graders will care.

  • Laurene

    It's 1985, the summer before 7th grade for Annie, Rocky, Fynn and Beans, a group of kids known as the Scouts. After witnessing a meteorite crashing to the ground, the scouts decide it would be fun to track down the aftermath of the meteorite. It also could be worth a lot of money. The novel follows the adventures of the scouts on their journey. There is also mysterious occurrences which invoke an interest in the story.

    The novel has been compared to The Goonies and Stand By Me. But it is a

    It's 1985, the summer before 7th grade for Annie, Rocky, Fynn and Beans, a group of kids known as the Scouts. After witnessing a meteorite crashing to the ground, the scouts decide it would be fun to track down the aftermath of the meteorite. It also could be worth a lot of money. The novel follows the adventures of the scouts on their journey. There is also mysterious occurrences which invoke an interest in the story.

    The novel has been compared to The Goonies and Stand By Me. But it is a lighter version.

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