Title: Ms. Rapscott’s Girls
Author: Elise Primavera
Recommended for: students in grades 3-5
Pages: 262 p.
Call Number/Link: J FICTION PRIMAVERA, E.
“At Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents, Ms. Rapscott teaches her students How to Get Lost on Purpose, resulting in a series of fantastical adventures that makes each learn a little something about courage, strength, bravery, and teamwork”– Provided by publisher.
One day, ordinary girls of extraordinarily busy (or neglectful, to be more frank) found themselves arriving at Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents via large cardboard boxes floating in the air. This was their first sign that this was not an ordinary school. Instead of using textbooks to learn academic subjects, they went on adventures to try to find the classmate whose box got lost on the way to the school. Since the girls had been ignored most of their childhood, they needed to learn about basic things like wishbones, birthday cakes, thank you notes and the difference between tall kitchen bags and heavy duty trash bags. My favorite part of the experience would have been getting to eat birthday cake regularly.
It’s a pleasant enough book, but it didn’t grab me. I was able to put the book down after one chapter then not read it again for a week or two, when I read another chapter. I had to force myself to finish it. I gave it three stars instead of two, because I felt like I should have enjoyed it more.
I think girls would be more interested in this book than boys, since the teacher and students are all girls (except for the teacher’s two corgies). There are some boys near the end of the book, but I think boys would have given up reading the book by then.