Book review: Playground, by 50 Cent, with Laura Moser, illustrations by Lizzi Akani

50 Cent with Laura Moser.  Playground. Illustrations by Lizzi Akani. Penguin, 2011.  $17.99. ISBN 978-1-59514-434-8. 314 p. Gr. 6 – 12. P8Q8

50-cent-playgroundThe book Playground is a story about a former bully going through a rough time.  Butterball is a 13 year old boy attending Watkins Middle School.  After moving in with his mother two years prior to the “Incident” Butterball finds he is invisible.  He walks down the halls without people noticing him and even eats lunch by himself.  Finally, he meets Maurice, a friend… or so he thinks.

September 2016 review by Sam Case Elementary student E.S.



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