This book review is part of series of reviews written by students at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School for their 7th grade English classes.
With great power, comes great consequences. Brady learns this difficult lesson in Go Big or Go Home by Will Hobbs, who grew up all over the world.
Brady is shocked one night when a meteor that he named FRED (Far Roaming Earth Diver) crashes into his room during a meteor shower. Brady is a young space nerds who lives in a small town in Black Hills, South Dakota. His cousin, Quinn, comes over to spend the weekend when he hears about the meteorite. When they were bike riding through the mountains, Brady feels like he had,” broken through some threshold and come out the other side!” (53). He is able to do stuff he had never done before.
After the ride, they find out that a professor on space is visiting the museum. When they visit him, they find out FRED has life! Shortly after, they realize Brady has been infected by the meteorite giving him enhance physical strength. With this new found power, Brady has to try and let the microbes live in him, but there is more to come.
Brady is a nice kid who loves space. He has asthma, and he isn’t the best at sports. He loves basketball and wants to become a star. After the meteorite comes, he is able to “suffocate him in defense,” (39) when playing Quinn in basketball.
Quinn is a athletic boy who thinks everything is radical or extreme. He is that guy who just wants awesomeness. He is usually better than Brady at pretty much everything. He is a supportive friend and will do anything to help Brady.
Making friends with others is portrayed a lot in this book. Brady and Quinn stick together through dangerous situations like climbing into a tunnel and jumping in water to catch a humongous fish. They even befriend two twins who they didn’t really like. They help Brady and Quinn on their adventures.
There is a lot of ups and downs in this book. Though the book had some good things, I really didn’t like the lack of description of other people. The book is also in one POV, which means it never describes what the main character looks like. I also didn’t like the length though. It is very short.
I really liked the book overall, though. It was exciting, funny and had some suspense in it. The tone is very happy, which I did like about the book. Overall, it is a great book and I recommend it to anyone.
-Ben I., 7th grade