I have to say, The Planet of Junior Brown by Virginia Hamilton is a book I just couldn’t really get in to.  It was short, only 7 chapters, and I read the whole thing, but I just didn’t “get” it.  The story revolves around middle schooler Junior Brown and his pal, Buddy Clark.  Junior is apparently a pretty good piano player, but his teacher keeps telling him that she ruined her piano and so he has to take his lessons patting out the notes on a chair.  It turns out she doesn’t want him playing piano because she has a relative staying with her.  Meanwhile, Buddy and Junior keep skipping classes and eventually get caught.  There wasn’t any real action in the story for me.  It is a Young Adult / Juvenile novel, which I do usually enjoy, but I don’t know, this book didn’t just really do much for me.

I received a free review e-copy of this book in order to write my review from the publisher through NetGalley. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Junior Brown is a musical prodigy losing touch with reality and everyone around him—except for one important friend

Junior Brown is different than the other kids in his eighth-grade class. For one, he weighs three hundred pounds. He’s also a talented musician with a serious future as a professional pianist—if he survives middle school. With an overbearing mom, disappointed teachers, and fellow students who tease him mercilessly, Junior starts to slip away into his own mind. His last hope may be his only friend, Buddy Clark, a boy in his class without a home or family who has already learned some of life’s toughest lessons.


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