Quinny and Hopper: Smart Cookies is about two friends in the third grade, Quinny and Hopper, who are facing some hard times. The first dilemma involves the ban of sweet treats at their school. Quinny and Hopper believe that school is no fun without some sort of sweet treat. Quinny decides to make a petition to bring sweet treats back. The next crisis involves a “smart list” that names everyone in the class from the smartest to the not-so-smart. This is not good because Quinny is at the bottom of the list, and Hopper wants to keep it a secret from her so her feelings are not hurt. Meanwhile, Hopper decides to make the unused ‘Friendship Bench’ a ‘Books and Buddies Bench,’ but another kid take the credit for his ideas. This really upsets Hopper. They realize their friendship is very important during these times.
But, Hopper has a secret. He knows who wrote the mean “smart list”. Will Quinny’s petition convince the school to allow treats again? Will Hopper get credit for redoing the Friendship Bench? And will he tell everyone about who wrote the smart list? Read the book to find out!
I liked this book because it is kind of like a mystery and adventure combined. This was a book I could not put down because I really wanted to know what would happen next. The book is not hard to read, but it is not too easy, either. There are 283 pages, but don’t let that scare you. The book is divided into 47 chapters, but these chapters are very short, some only a few pages long. This makes it easy when you are reading and mom calls “Time for dinner.”
My favorite part in the book was when Quinny goes ice skating with Victoria for the first time. Quinny was very scared to go ice skating because she had never been before. Her biggest fear was falling down and getting hurt. Quinny does fall when skating, but gets back up and continues to have fun. She faced her fear and was having a great time. This part of the story also becomes my least favorite part. Quinny was having so much fun, she really wasn’t paying attention and does wind up getting hurt while ice skating. Her story reminds me that you can’t fear take over. It is important to be brave and try new things, even if you get hurt.
The biggest lesson I learned from this book is that you should stand up for what you believe in and not be afraid to tell the truth, no matter how hard it is. Doing the right thing is always the right choice. I also learned that friends are special, and you should never take your special friendships for granted.
I’m NDK and this is my review! I hope you enjoyed this. If you have read Quinny and Hopper, let me know what you thought about this book!
Disclosure: We were sent a free copy of this book for review purposes only. No other compensation was received. All opinions are our own.