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 windin...

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Title:Scouts
Author:Shannon Greenland
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Edition Language:English

Scouts Reviews

  • Cindy

    This book was non-stop action and adventure. Plus, there was some great character development. The main character of the book just finished sixth grade. I would say this book is perfect for grades 5-7. However, it would work for grades 4-8.

    I am grateful to have won an ARC of this book from Goodreads. That fact did NOT influence my opinion. This is a straight-up great book, and I hope it is the first of a series.

  • Kirsten

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

  • Ms. Yingling

    ARC provided by the publisher upon request

    Annie loves to hang out with her friends in 1985. They have camp outs, go on adventures, and occasionally get in trouble for doing things like climbing silos. Her mother thinks that as she approaches middle school, she should be more lady like, but Annie disagrees. So do her friends Beans, Fynn, and Rocky. When Fynn's cousin Scarlet is visiting when the Scouts are prepared to watch a meteor shower, they have to bring her along. The meteor shower is great

    ARC provided by the publisher upon request

    Annie loves to hang out with her friends in 1985. They have camp outs, go on adventures, and occasionally get in trouble for doing things like climbing silos. Her mother thinks that as she approaches middle school, she should be more lady like, but Annie disagrees. So do her friends Beans, Fynn, and Rocky. When Fynn's cousin Scarlet is visiting when the Scouts are prepared to watch a meteor shower, they have to bring her along. The meteor shower is great, but the kids think they see a meteor go down. The calculations indicate it's fifteen miles away, so why not go in search of it. Leaving a series of notes that insure that it will be well into the next day before any adults can locate them, they pack supplies and head off on foot. Annie isn't happy that Scarlet is along, especially since the boys act differently around a girl-- she's just Annie. Not only are there skeletons in caves, teens with three legged dogs, a suspiciously criminal family and mysterious silver dust from the meteor, but the kids have their own problems. Fynn's divorced mother and Rocky's widowed father are dating, and Bean's family is in danger of losing their home. Annie is worried that her group of friends will fall apart, but the trip reinforces rather than breaks their bond.

    Strengths: You can talk until you're blue in the face about the fact that there shouldn't be "girl books" and "boy books", but in order for this to work in practicality, a lot of social programming needs to be undone for most students. This is a great book because while it does have a girl as the main character, there is nothing about the cover or the story to make boys physically recoil from this the way they do from, say Hamster Princess. Annie's brief thoughts about her friends being boys might actually make some readers stop and say "Huh. It shouldn't be that way.", which is helpful. On top of that, this is just a great story. Out all night camping, crossing dangerous rivers despite fears, wandering around the countryside without enough supplies because they keep being lost in scrapes-- fun stuff, with a side helping of seriousness. The tag line on this is "Stranger Things meets Goonies"-- I personally don't understand either of these, but my students seem to like Stranger Things.

    Weaknesses: The "hillbilly" family with Mary Jo and Otis wasn't my favorite part, but they were involved in a nice twist at the end. I also could have used a little more explanation for what the meteors actually were, but it wasn't that essential to the adventure story.

    What I really think: I will definitely purchase a copy and hope it increases circulation of this author's The Specialists series, which my daughter loved in middle school and which I haven't weeded because of that. (Weeding is definitely partly emotional in my world!)

  • 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 wou

    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!

  • DiGangi

    The premise was fascinating and instantly caught my attention, but there were far too many idea crammed into one space. The ending was a jumbled affair that let me down. This along with the strong adherence to gender roles turned me off from the story. I had initially though that 'Scouts' would subvert the boy/girl tropes but it only instills them further.

  • 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.

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