Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Looney Experiment by Luke Reynolds

The Looney Experiment
by Luke Reynolds

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Just released: August 4, 2015
Publisher: Blink
Genre: YA
Paperback: 208 pages
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
"Atticus, we really don't have all day. Would you please move a little faster?"

Atticus Hobart couldn’t feel lower. He’s in love with a girl who doesn’t know he exists, he is the class bully’s personal punching bag, and to top it all off, his dad has just left the family. Into this drama steps Mr. Looney, a 77-year-old substitute English teacher with uncanny insight and a most unconventional approach to teaching. But Atticus soon discovers there’s more to Mr. Looney’s methods than he’d first thought. And as Atticus begins to unlock the truths within his own name, he finds that his hyper-imagination can help him forge his own voice, and maybe—just maybe—discover that the power to face his problems was inside him all along.

My two-bits:

Found this read to be inspirational with little triumphs.

Loved the character development and growth of main character, Atticus, with some guidance from an unconventional teacher.

Got me thinking of teachers who make a positive difference in children's lives.

Interesting to note that references to author Harper Lee and her classic, To Kill A Mockingbird and reference to Go Set A Watchman is timely. With all the negative hype about Go Set A Watchman, I did not plan on adding it to my tbr pile. Now, I really want to read it.

About the author:
Why I Love Writing: "I learn by going where I have to go." --Theodore Roethke; "In order to discover new lands, one must be willing to lose sight of the shore for a long time." --Andre Gide; "One man loved the pilgrim soul in you / And loved the sorrows of your changing face." --W.B. Yeats; "Growing up, poetry had been the sanctuary, that space in words where longing could be spoken." --bell hooks; "I saw the angel in the marble and carved him out until I set him free." --Michaelangelo


* added to my COYER challenge/scavenger hunt (details)

* review copy courtesy of BookSparks YA Summer Reading Challenge 2015 (details). @booksparks #ReadingIsBeautiful

* part of Summer YA Book Box giveaway (here)


  1. I'm in the mood for an inspirational book, so I might have to check this one out :)

  2. An inspirational teacher and a story of triumph. Sounds great!


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