We often ask kids what they want to be when they grow up. Such a tricky question. Sometimes it’s hard to know because experiences can be extremely limited. With a good book, however, kids can often get a taste of lives lived anywhere and everywhere. Reading can give kids insight into what their interests are and what they want to be or don’t want to be when they grow up.
Top 5 Reasons I Love Trickster, Part of the Vet Volunteers Series by Laurie Halse Anderson
- This story promotes volunteering as a way of learning new skills, working on your passions and helping others.
- The main character, David, is an unlikely hero. He struggles and makes lots of mistakes. You know that he means well and he isn’t mean hearted, but his poor decision making often leads to disastrous results. If you know a kid like this or someone who is having a hard time relating to someone with similar traits, this book may be a helpful eye-opener.
- Most of the time the kids in this novel are not doing their dream tasks when they volunteer at the horse stable. They are usually mucking out the stables and grooming the horses. It’s a lot of hard work. I like that this story gives a realistic perspective of the sweat-inducing work that goes into taking care of animals.
- David gets to shine in the story when a tragic event takes place at the horse stable. It helps him to grow along with the owner of the stable who is often losing his patience with David.
- At the end of this book there is a sneak peak into another book in the series, Manatee Blues. It makes me anxious to get the book and start reading!