Somebody on This Bus Is Going to Be Famous
Somebody on This Bus Is Going to Be Famous
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Annotation: During a torrential rainstorm, a school bus goes off the road and, with the driver unconscious, it is up to her passengers to try to rescue each other and go for help.
Catalog Number: #90990
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 296 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-402-29297-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-402-29297-2
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2014022314
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Just before the end of the school year, a horrendous thunderstorm strikes Drybed Creek, causing a flash flood. Coming down the hill, Mrs. B. loses control of her school bus, and it topples onto its side. Now let's rewind to the beginning of the school year: there's been a robbery. Someone stole a wheelchair off the porch of an elderly couple. Each of the nine middle schoolers who ride Mrs. B.'s bus holds a thread of evidence about the robbery and the events that surrounded the high-school class of 1985. However, each also has her or his own problematic history. Using the nine months of the school year, Cheaney highlights each student. Even with this organizing principle, keeping the characters and their families straight takes concentration. Still, each chapter offers hints that build upon one another. Knowing there will be a bus wreck doesn't prepare readers for the final twist. So, who becomes famous? Few will be able to guess.
Horn Book
This story is told from the points of view of nine diverse middle schoolers who ride the bus driven by stern but lovable Mrs. B. The chapters focus on friends and family, but pieces of a bigger mystery about Mrs. B begin to emerge as the story progresses. Though the backstory is overly complicated, readers who persevere will find the ending satisfying. Great middle-grade appeal.
Publishers Weekly
Cheaney-s novel opens with a bus accident on a torrentially rainy night and the promise that one character will be famous by book-s end; she then rewinds nine months with news of a robbery in the sleepy Hidden Acres subdivision. But these early tinges of suspense wind up being peripheral as the novel unfolds. Over nine months, Cheaney (My Friend the Enemy) follows the stories of nine characters, fourth through seventh graders, who ride Mrs. B-s school bus, switching between characters each month. Bender is a complex bully living in the shadow of his older brother, Spencer is brilliant, Kaitlynn is full of big ideas, and Shelly hopes to become a singing sensation someday, among other regular riders. What the students have in common are dreams, insecurities, and a fascination with Farm Road 152, where Mrs. B stops the bus each day for reasons unknown. Readers glimpse the kids- vulnerable, private worlds of thought as the novel unfolds, yet the narrative about their rocky roads to better understanding themselves can feel unfocused as it jumps around between characters. Ages 10-13. Agent: Erin Buterbaugh, MacGregor Literary Agency. (Sept.)

School Library Journal
Gr 58 Nine very different middle schoolers on a bus route theorize why every morning Mrs. B, the bus driver, stops at an empty bus stopno one ever gets on or off. Each narrator has his/her own theory about the mysterious bus stop. One day, clues start turning up and it's clear that they must work together to solve the mystery. Even though there are nine different perspectives, it isn't confusing or overwhelming to follow. Cheaney uses language that is simple enough to appeal to all readers. As the story progresses, kids will begin to understand each protagonist's struggles, hopes, and dreams and empathize with all of them. The community surrounding the bus route changes as the characters grow into their own. A great and fast read about finding yourself and making friends, that will be enjoyed by even reluctant readers. H. Islam, Brooklyn Public Library
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Horn Book (4/1/15)
Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal (8/1/14)
Word Count: 72,982
Reading Level: 5.3
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.3 / points: 11.0 / quiz: 168788 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.5 / points:18.0 / quiz:Q64418
Lexile: 840L
Guided Reading Level: Z

Who's it going to be? Spencer's the smart kid. Shelly's the diva. Miranda's the scaredy-cat. Matthew's just average (so far). In fact, there's nothing about any of the nine middle-schoolers on Mrs. B's bus route that screams "fame." But before the end of the year, somebody on this bus is going to be famous. Every morning, their school bus waits at an empty bus stop. Nobody ever gets on. Nobody ever gets off. And Mrs. B refuses to answer questions about it. Strangest of all, it's Bender the bully who decides to investigate the mystery. But it will take all nine students to find out the truth, for each of them has a clue to the mystery that will change their lives forever. Award-winning author J.B. Cheaney's new middle grade novel weaves nine distinctive narratives into one fascinating read. Part detective story, part tale of self-discovery, this funny and touching novel is destined to be a modern classic. Praise for J.B. Cheaney "Twists and turns will keep readers in suspense throughout the tale." -School Library Journalon The Playmakers "The main characters are particularly well drawn and believable..[for] fans of Jack Gantos' Joey Pigza series." --Bookliston Middle of Somewhere

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