Review: Cheesie Mack is Cool in a Duel by Steve Cotler


Steve Cotler
Random House Books for Young Readers
June 26, 2012
ISBN: 978-0375864384
Middle Grade Fiction

Rating: 5 STARS

Cheesie and his best friend Georgie are off to summer camp in Maine. They’re looking forward to their last year as Little Guy campers. As the ‘top dogs’ they’ll get to make campfires, choose sports teams, and all kinds of fun stuff. But disaster strikes as soon as they arrive and find that they’ve been shoved into a cabin with the Big Guys.

Not only are they the youngest and smallest of the group, they’re also stuck with Kevin Welch, Cheesie’s nemesis. Cheesie knows the only way to fight Kevin is to outsmart him, so he challenges the bully to a ‘Cool Duel’. Can Cheesie win?

CHEESIE MACK IS COOL IN A DUEL is a fun, page turning adventure that middle grade boys will absolutely love. Told from Cheesie’s perspective in his imaginative and totally unique way, this book is guaranteed to become a favorite read for children of all ages. Each chapter puts Cheesie into grander schemes and scrapes as he tries his hardest to win the right to be called the coolest boy in the cabin.

Steve Cotler manages to pepper the narrative with interesting facts and vocabulary words that teaches in a fresh and entertaining way. And Cheesie’s sense of fairness and honor imparts life lessons as well. Both of my boys loved this book and immediately asked to pick up the first book, CHEESIE MACK IS NOT A GENIUS OR ANYTHING. We are definitely on the lookout for further adventures from Cheesie Mack!



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