The Life and Times of Benny Alvarez by Peter Johnson

Finally, a book about a middle schooler with middle school problems. And a loving family to boot! As Benny negotiates the tricky waters of boy-girl friends and boyfriends and girlfriends he looks to his dad for advice. He’s also dealing with the sad reality that his beloved grandfather is getting more and more frail. The ongoing word play between Benny and his friends was an enjoyable side story.

Date finished:  January, 2013

Interest:  grades 6 and up

Source:  ARC

Publication date: June 24, 2014

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