Vocab Cafe: A TOS Review
Sacha’s<25: A book series which contains original, narrative stories that include 300 SAT-level vocabulary words interspersed throughout the plot.
Home in the Trenches Product Rating (out of 10 stars) Please read my whole review…your family may rate these very differently that I did.
Is it worth our time? 0 stars—These would all have higher ratings if content was different!
Did it help us learn? 2 stars
Is it worth the money? 0 stars
Is it useful to me? 2 stars
Practicality- 8 stars (if the content was different)
Quality- 5 stars
Kid Rating- N/A stars—I couldn’t let my children read these.
I received a set of VocabCafé Book Series (4 books in total). Each book contains an original, narrative story that includes 300 SAT-level vocabulary words interspersed throughout the plot. The vocabulary selections are bold-italicized with a corresponding definition and pronunciation guide at the bottom of every page. The goal is to help students learn words in context, and thus make the process of vocabulary building more effective and fun. I love the idea of this…So much more fun to learn words in context and while enjoying a story than doing worksheets! We were very excited when they arrived in the mail.
The 4 finished books in the series are:
- The Summer of Saint Nick
- I.M. for Murder
- Operation HighSchool
- Planet Exile
A Word from Sacha before I go on with the review:
You need to decide for your family what is ok for your kids to read and see, and if you don’t mind them reading about the things I mentioned earlier than these books might just be for you.
What I liked:
- The concept of adding SAT level vocabulary words to a book is a great idea to help learn them.
- They were very up to date in the language of today…”Schooled”, “texting”.
- The story lines are interesting to read.
What I didn’t like:
- There were a number of typos in the 2 books that I read. At one place in IM for Murder the sentence just leaves off mid sentence, there are a few blank lines and then a new paragraph starts…it was really weird.
- Due to changing words to SAT level vocabulary words they changed the flow of reading. It is totally unrealistic to have some of the vocabulary that they did in text messages. U NO how texting looks 2day?
- Obviously, I didn’t like the whole murder themed book. I don’t want to read descriptions about the character’s cat’s head being cut off and put in a bag to threaten him.
- I didn’t like the characters deceiving their parents-sneaking out at night, hiding secrets, etc.
To sum it up: While I love the idea of the books, I didn’t appreciate the themes and actions of some of the characters within the books. I did not allow my children to read them, nor would I in the future. If you think you are more lenient, then at least read the books first to see if you approve.
The important information:
Published by: Maven of Memory Publishing
Written By: Josh Burk
Order from: College Prep Genius
$51.80 you can purchase all four for $38.85 or $12.95 for each
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Disclosure/Disclaimer: I received the above product free of charge for review purposes. I am only expected to give an honest review.