Written like a play in three acts, The Capybara Conspiracy by Erica S. Perl follows what happens when Olive and Renaldo kidnap their school’s mascot – a capybara. These Drama Club members are frustrated with the preferential treatment that athletic programs receive at Farley Middle School. Holding Cappy -the Capybara– for ransom as a protest seemed like a good idea at first, but soon everything goes wrong.
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I’ve never understood why sports programs get all the glory in school. If you’ve ever watched a T.V. episode of “Glee”, I’m the nerdy guy in the wheelchair – minus the disability, minus the singing talent, and overlooking the fact that I’m female. Well, okay, let’s just say that this book resonated with my geek core. School should be about learning, not sports. Let organized sports be scheduled on personal time – outside the school. Join a recreation center, round up the kids in the neighborhood for a game of kickball, meet at the park to shoot some hoops, or go bowling. But, while you are in school, please just learn. Learn all you can while you are young, because you’ll need it later. It’s important.
What do you think? Is there room for sports in school? Comment below!
Books to make you think – Available (free) at all Chesapeake Public Libraries
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
The Watsons Go To Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullay Hunt
George by Alex Gino
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
Wringer by Jerry Spinelli
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson