a book review by Jennifer M., grade 5
The Riddle of Penncroft Farm is a summer reading book for students going into sixth grade. The author is Dorothea Jensen. It is recommended for children ages 10-14, but it is a perfect book for anyone over the age of 10.
The main character of The Riddle of Penncroft Farm is Lars Olafson, a 12-year-old boy. He moves to Pennsylvania from Minnesota to a town near Valley Forge. Lars moves in with his great-aunt Cass, who is close to death. Aunt Cass likes to call Lars “L. George” or “George” for short. Lars is comfortable with this nickname since George happens to be his middle name.
Lars is afraid to go to school because he is scared of being teased. It is very awkward for him since his first day at his new school is Halloween, and all the pupils are in costume except for him. Aunt Cass tells Lars that in the neighborhood there is a nice child named Pat who also goes to Lars’ school. He is surprised because not many people live near him. Since his new home is on a farm, he does not have many neighbors.
Without giving away the rest of the book, I will say this is an exemplary book. Jensen has a great vocabulary that describes every excruciating detail. For a summer reading book, this book is phenomenal. I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys riddles.