Six Kids and a Stuffed Cat by Gary Paulsen
Six kids whose names are Jordan, Avery, Taylor, Mason, Regan,and Devon are stuffed together into a public-school restroom all because of a school’s paranoia over the top preposterousness about warnings of a storm. The first two to get crammed in there were Jordan and Avery, then came Taylor and Mason, and lastly joined Regan then Devon. Another thing about them is they are all weird in their own way. Jordan always gets nosebleeds from stress, Avery is always way too nervous, Taylor is the only normal one there but is stupid, Mason is too intelligent, Regan does everything possible and thinks way too far ahead and Devon is always in a fantasy world, never in reality. After a long time, they started to know each other better, and they got a lot closer. In the end, the loudspeaker said that the lockdown was over, and they could leave their safe spots.
I feel like the author fulfilled their promise on what he set out to do. The author felt a bit inexperienced by the way he wrote but that could be his writing style. The writing itself was a little confusing, but the overall story was great. The story also felt completely original. Of all the books I have read (which is a lot) none of them ever felt like this one. I think that a lot of people would like this book. The author has put the story into a play at the end of the book so you could act it out with some friends. This book feels like it is for middle schoolers. I think this book is worth having in the library collection. Avyukt Y. Teen Reviewer