Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Substitute Kid

The Substitute Kid
by Joseph K. Smith
4 out of 5 stars

Michaela Davis is an impatient ten-year-old girl and is always getting into trouble, though it’s not always her fault. When her scientist father introduces Michaela to a robot he created, she feels like she is looking into a mirror. Could she possibly use this replica of herself to her advantage? Constantly receiving detentions, bad grades, and getting grounded, Michaela decides to take the robot for a test drive. Maybe her life would be easier if she had a twin to do everything for her. With failing attempts, an annoying older brother, bad habits, and a demanding mother, having a successful plan is hard.

The Substitute Kid was a nice, short read. The characters were quirky and original. I really enjoyed all the dialogue. It was very realistic. It got a little annoying that certain sentences were repeated. The writing seems like a fifth grade wrote it; it’s simple and explains everything to the reader but it doesn’t seem revised.

This book has a great moral lesson that both younger and older people can understand. The meaning of this story is clear once you read it and it will stay in your mind.

*book copy received from BookDivas


  1. It sounds fun! I can hardly tell which one is real and which one is the robot on the cover.

  2. Girlwithbraids,

    Yeah, my daughter really enjoyed The Substitute Kid (she is eleven). FYI -My sis is friends with the author and he told her that he purposedly wrote the book as if a 4th grader was writing it, because he wanted to the story to be authenticly written as if it was written by the main character (Micheala).

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