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Somebody On This Bus Is Going To Be Famous

Nine ordinary kids ride on the bus every day. As the title suggests, one of them is going to be famous.

Who will it be?

Great storytelling will keep you guessing.

A traffic accident reveals the clue.

Flashbacks draw a picture of their lives.

At first the kids don’t have much in common.

Here is a snapshot of the nine kids:

Spencer – science nerd
Igor – class clown
Bender – bully 
Jay – football enthusiast
Shelly – the diva
Miranda – academic
Kaitlynn – talks a lot
Mary – dreamer
Alice – loner new girl

Why does Mrs B. at the grey bus shelter every day when no one gets on? 

Secrets weave a web of interest.

The topics are serious, yet the age group is younger-middle grade.

The characters are wonderfully represented. Each one  is developed in depth and complexity. 

The cover of the book is deceiving. It hints at a silly, fun, jovial kind of book. But the writing style is a bit advanced for the middle-grade - which the book is marketed toward. I would rather have like to see the author use a different title for the book. 

The seriousness of the storyline may not be what you expect when you pick it off the shelf.

Award-winning author J.B. Cheaney new middle grade novel weaves nine distinctive narratives into one fascinating read. Part detective story, part tale of self-discovery, this funny and touching novel is creative and surprising. 

4 out of 5 Sukasa Stars

Somebody On This Bus Is Going To Be Famous is published by Sourcebooks and distributed in Canada by Raincoast Books.

Review by
@ShilpaRaikar for @SukasaReads (a division of @SukasaStyle)