Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Thompson Twins Call The Cops ~ Everyday Role Model Book Series, Book 2, by Lesa Hammon and Garrett Croker

About Book

Twins Carlos and Letty Thompson live in a tough neighborhood on the eastside of Oakland, California. Somebody stole their mother's car. The twins and their friends think they know who did it. Will they call the police or take the law into their own hands?

Thompson Twins Call the Cops is the second book of the Everyday Role Model Book Series, a project of Achievement U, Inc. devoted to inspiring students to live the best life they can. In the series, real role models come into the lives of Letty and Carlos Thompson. As the role models share their stories with the twins, they also share their story with the middle grade readers. The stories are designed to engage the reader with an entertaining story while teaching principles of achievement and success as practiced by everyday people who have a successful life.

This book features Lieutenant Sheryl Boykins of the Hayward Police Department.

Publication Date:
September 1, 2012
0615665381 / 9780615665382
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.06" x 7.81"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Juvenile Fiction / Readers / Chapter Books
Where to buy:  Amazon, Barnes & Noble

About the Authors

Lesa Hammond, is the founding President of Achievement U, Inc. and considers herself a catalyst for positive change. She collects the stories of people who have made significant and positive changes in their lives. By retelling those stories embedded in an adventure, she inspires young readers to envision possibilities for success. Lesa holds a bachelors degree in sociology, a masters in human resources development and a PhD in transformative learning and change.

Garrett Croker is a writer working out of the San Francisco Bay Area. He has studied writing at UC Berkeley and received his MFA in creative writing from Mills College, in Oakland, California. He is a co-host of "The Rough Drafters," a podcast on writing, writers, reading, and more. Thompson Twins: Call the Cops is his first book-length publication. 

My Thoughts

Twins, Carlos and Letty Thompson are startled awake to the sound of gun fire and police sirens.  They cling together with their mother in Letty's room,  Letty's room is furthest from the street where the action was taking place. This type of thing is not anything new for the twins or their community.  

The next morning on the way to school everyone was talking about what happened when an older boy they use to be friends with kept trying to get their attention but they felt uncomfortable about the guys he was now hanging out with because they made a habit of making the younger kids empty their pockets to take their money or anything else they decide they wanted to keep.  They would even make crude remarks to the girls.  It made walking past them difficult and scary.  Then on the way home from school it was the same problem. 

When the twins got home their mother was there, when she normally would have been at work.  She explained to the twins that when she went to go to her car that morning her car was gone.  It must have been stolen.  Right away the kids wanted to blame the boys that harass them on the way to school.

The twins get their friends together and come up with a plan to interrogate the boys about the stolen car without them suspecting they were being recorded.  Their friend's grandmother told them this was not a good idea and could put them in danger. She suggested they make a report with the police, which they ended up doing.  

At school the next day they had a special guest that came to talk to the class.  Someone that would be a good mentor for the children.  One of the boys in their class got very upset about the guest.   His name was Manuel and he ran with his cousins whom were not a very good influence on him.  Also his family was always in trouble with the law.  No one wanted to be his friend because they assumed he was just like the rest of his family.  

Now that is not fair that they judged him by the rest of his family maybe if he had some friends that could set a good example for him maybe his life would turn out different.

Attention children!  The author has written a story with a wonderful lesson about not allowing people, peers, surroundings or situations to control your future.  It will inspire you to set goals, find a mentor, finish school and go to college.  Y-O-U control your future!   Achievement U!

I highly recommend this book to parents, educators, caregivers and most definitely children.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Achievement U, for review. I was in no way compensated for this review.  This review is my honest opinion.

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