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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
When Nestor’s best popular friend got sick and had to be absent from school for several days, Nestor’s social status improved immensely. For once he was the popular kid and not bound to the negative reputation he had been cultivating since third grade. Things were looking up until the long-distance phone call came. Nestor’s father had left his wife and son to seek work in Alaska. Now he wanted Nestor to travel across the country to visit. He could bring a friend, but a prior infraction of parental trust blocked the reality of Nestor taking Phil, his best friend, with him. His only choice was Kwan Min, the super-intelligent geek from South Korea who was already on the receiving end of Nestor’s mischievous pranks. He was confused about his dad’s desertion and not entirely certain he wanted to be reunited. His only choice was to buck up and accept Kwan Min as a travel companion or travel instead to Florida to visit with his grandfather. It was kind of a no-brainer.
March of the Blue Moon by Elaine Donadio, Book 4 in the Montgomery School Kids series, has a twofold purpose. While the primary lesson is evidently moral, this book also serves as an intense study into the history and culture of Alaskan heritage. While the main character, Nestor, is four thousand miles away from his city life, he learns the value of appreciating the importance of nature and the rewards of hard work. Middle-grade students will benefit from the thorough research evident in this book while public educators will appreciate the inclusion of several Nestor/Kwan Min-created study guides.