Age group: 10 - 13
Page count: 320
Summary from Amazon:
Who's it going to be?
Spencer's the smart kid. Shelly's the diva. Miranda's the scaredy-cat. Matthew's just average (so far). In fact, there's nothing about any of the nine middle-schoolers on Mrs. B's bus route that screams "fame." But before the end of the year, somebody on this bus is going to be famous.
Every morning, their school bus waits at an empty bus stop. Nobody ever gets on. Nobody ever gets off.
And Mrs. B refuses to answer questions about it. Strangest of all, it's Bender the bully who decides to investigate the mystery. But it will take all nine students to find out the truth, for each of them has a clue to the mystery that will change their lives forever.
Why I liked this book:
- I know I say this a lot, but the setting is fantastic. Most of the time, the scenes are on the schoolbus. But we also go to the characters' houses. But mainly, it's on the schoolbus.
- This story is written in chapters, most of which are really long. Each chapter is told in one person's point of view, what they're doing. The characters do something important, but then at the end of the chapter we're left with a cliffhanger and it takes a while into the next chapter to find out what happened.
- The mystery! They have to find out why Mrs. B stops at the empty bus stop, and also things their parents mention but don't go into in-depth details. Each chapter reveals a bit more from one person's point of view. For example, one person could discover something, but another person discovers the finishing puzzle piece. So we have to wait for everybody to reveal what they found out.
- The ending. I really don't want to say much, but it's climactic.
I give Somebody on This Bus Is Going to Be Famous an eight out of ten! It's a marvelous book.