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 Down to Earth
 Author: Culley, Betty

 Publisher:  Crown Books for Young Readers (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 210 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 252257 ISBN: 9780593175736
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Meteorites -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction
 Dowsing -- Fiction
 Change -- Fiction

Price: $21.88

Ten-year-old aspiring geologist Henry Bower investigates the meteorite that crash lands in the hayfield, discovering a rock that will change his family, his town, and even himself.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.70
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 511788

   School Library Journal (06/01/21)
   Booklist (+) (04/15/21)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 04/15/2021 *Starred Review* Ten-year-old Henry, homeschooled and fascinated by rocks, lives on the outskirts of a small town in Maine. He very much hopes that, like his father and one of his uncles, he will also have the ability to find water by dowsing, a gift said to reveal itself at his age. When a meteor blazes earthward one night, he’s the only one to see it slam into the field beside his home. The next morning, he finds the enormous, amazing meteorite but doesn’t expect the dramatic events that will follow. Wells in town begin to dry up, while water floods his family’s field and destroys their home. Is the meteorite drawing water toward itself? Who can put things right? Henry’s first-person narrative signals his scientific bent: the night after their home is inundated, he likens his father to “a nocturnal animal, awake when everyone else is asleep,” and his mother to “an animal going into hibernation, eating less and slowing down her movements to conserve energy.” From Henry, his best friend, and members of his extended family to a visiting geologist from a museum, the characters have layers of complexity that are gradually revealed as the story unfolds at its own steady pace. A captivating middle-grade novel. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 06/01/2021 Gr 4–7—Fascinated with geology, Henry spends hours breaking rocks open. His family members are water dowsers, people who sense sources of water using a dowsing rod. Henry is anxious because water dowsing is not something one can learn from a book, and not everyone in the family has the "gift." When he tries to use a dowsing rod to find water, he feels an urge to hold the stick toward the sky instead of the ground. Soon, a giant meteorite falls to Earth. Henry is ecstatic to find and analyze the rock from space. But the meteorite has brought more than just media attention and a collector offering a giant financial reward—the rock has caused a disaster, and Henry feels responsible. Culley perfectly illustrates Henry's complicated feelings and insecurities. He reacts like any child would, especially when the small town seems to hold him responsible. Poignant, lyrical prose and an engaging mix of geology, astronomy, and wonder will make this title popular, especially for fans of Nancy Viau's Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head. Henry is cued as white. VERDICT Heartwarming and absorbing, this is a solid choice for middle grade collections. Perfect for readers who want a great small-town story mixed with STEM.—Patrick Tierney, Pascoag P.L., RI - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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