“Ms. Finkleman is just our boring old music teacher. Or is she? It all starts with a Special Project in Mr. Melville’s Social Studies class: Solve a mystery in your own life. For seventh grader Bethesda Fielding, one mystery is too tempting to ignore: Ms. Finkleman. Bethesda is convinced that her mousy Music Fundamentals teacher is hiding a secret life, and she’s determined to find out what it is. But no one is prepared for what she learns. Ms. Finkleman used to be . . . a rock star? Soon the whole school goes rock crazy, and a giant concert is in the works with none other than timid Ms. Finkleman at the helm! But the case isn’t quite closed, and the questions continue to swirl for Bethesda. Could there be even more to the secret life of Ms. Finkleman than she already revealed? With the help of her rock-obsessed classmate Tenny Boyer, Bethesda won’t stop until she solves the real mystery of Ms. Finkleman once and for all!”
I had a lot of fun reading The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman. It was a very easy book to read and I could not put it down. The characters and the story just really came to life. Bethesda and Tenny were totally opposites but so funny when they interacted together.
Another thing I loved about this book was how much it relates to kids. The language is on a kid’s level and the experiences that the characters go through are things that happen to kid’s on a regular basis in school. It was fun for me to think back to middle school days and pick out the Bethesda or the Tenny in my class. The kids also get together for a school assignment and make rock bands. What kid does not want to be in a rock band?
The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman is a great book that both kids and parents will enjoy. It was also just nominated for an Edgar Award!
For more about the author Ben H. Winters, check out his website.
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*I received a copy of The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman for this review.