Monday, September 14, 2015

The Life and Times of Benny Alvarez by Peter Johnson

Benny is Mr. Negativity who sees the glass half empty, much to his mother's dismay.  Benny is also someone who really likes words and challenges his two best friends to find new words in their dictionaries.  The three boys love their young teacher who they refer to as a demigoddess.  So Benny is unhappy when she reveals that she is engaged to the drippy poet who visits their class.  But things get more interesting when a class unit on poetry becomes a fight between the boys and girls.  Benny becomes the boys' representative on the side of prose against the girls who firmly believe a poem has to rhyme.  A competition begins to see who can write the better poem with Benny trying to come up with something while dealing with issues at home involving his beloved grandfather.

A nice book that didn't leave much impression on me.  I had to really stretch to come up with anything on it a couple of months later.