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Leon and the Spitting Image Book Review

Leon and the Spitting Image Book Review - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
( Rating: 5 Star Rating)

Leon and the Spitting Image by Allen Kurzweil is the latest teen mystery/adventure novel to hit your shelves, courtesy of Harper Collins.

Author: Allen Kurzweil

Leon Zeisel isn't your average fourth grader. And Miss Cronheim isn't your average fourth grade teacher. So what happens when these two misfits have to spend an entire school year together? Mystery, adventure and a whole lot of sewing!

The 411

Leon and the Spitting Image follows Leon Zeisel through the fourth grade at the Ethical School, where their motto is "Nimble fingers make for nimble minds." In the fourth grade, Miss Cronheim makes her students sew to keep their fingers nimble. Unfortunately for Leon, he couldn't be clumsier if he tried. When threatened with the prospect of being held back a year, Leon practices extra hard to master his sewing skills and stumbles upon a secret that suddenly makes going to school a lot more bearable.

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Leon and the Spitting Image is littered with interesting characters, settings and scenarios. From Miss Cronheim and her Velcro wig to Leon's obsesssion with the hometowns of taxi cab drivers, there is never a dull moment from start to finish.

The Bottom Line

Other than harboring serious dislike for the Ethical School bully, Henry Lumpkin, there is nothing to complain about in Leon and the Spitting Image. If you're looking for something just a little out of the ordinary that will keep you on your toes, you'll have to grab a copy of this book. Even if it's only to find out how Leon gets revenge on Lumpkin the Pumpkin!

Leon and the Spitting Image Rating: 5

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