Life Before Texting

Children - Preteen
10 Pages
Reviewed on 01/05/2020
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Reviewed by Leiann Lynn Rose Spontaneo for Readers' Favorite

In Life Before Texting by Joseph Riden, Josh and Tommy are two bored friends in the fifth grade. They love science but hate history. To cure their boredom, they pass notes in class and usually get caught. The era studied is around the Eisenhower presidency. Their teacher, Mrs. Burdell, likes working with troubled youths, as most are exceptionally talented in some way. The two boys repeatedly get scolded, even being separated. While on recess, the boys attempted to come up with new tactics to communicate. The two boys thought of a device to install carefully and without being caught. Mrs. Burdell discovered that they had invented a device so the two could communicate from desk to desk. She was not even mad. She was pleased. Mrs. Burdell asked the boys to demonstrate it to the class.

The plot in Life Before Texting by Joseph Riden shows how something bad can sometimes turn out for the good. The two boys were not really bad. They simply were frustrated by not being intellectually stimulated. The story's pace is measured, holding a young reader's attention. The action often has the reader in anticipation, wondering what the boys are going to do next. The characters and plot are believable as back in those days Morse code and telegraph were popular, especially in the Navy. The theme to me would be to follow your passion and not give up.