Ethan and Erin go to Tech Camp and try to win a chance to “make” a difference in classrooms everywhere in this hilarious follow-up to Ethan Marcus Stands Up.
Ethan and Erin Marcus may only be eleven months apart age-wise, but they are a million miles apart in every other respect. Ethan’s laid back and takes things in stride. Erin’s a little more…intense and doesn’t really like to go with the flow. So when these two polar opposites are invited to attend a prestigious invention/maker camp during winter break it seems almost impossible.
Even though Erin and Ethan have reached a kind of truce, Erin thinks that his invitation to the camp was a mistake. And for that reason, Ethan decides to go. He has something to prove to everyone—but mostly to himself—and he’s convinced that his desk-evator idea has great potential…if he can do it right right.
But he’s going to have to do it on his own. His buddy Brian isn’t coming, neither is Erin’s partner Zoe, so the Marcus siblings are going to have to find new partners. This is especially important to Erin whose rival, Romanov, is also attending the camp. Erin’s never forgiven him for his comment about “girls” having no place in science. She’s determined to beat him.
But then she overhears someone talking about Romanov’s project, and decides that she’ll never be able to compete with his game-changing invention. So, what now? It’s Brian who provides the solution: Why don’t the Marcus siblings combine their ideas, their brains, and their teams, and make something spectacular?
With only one day left, can Erin and Ethan actually create a workable model of their idea, and is it enough to win?
Michele Weber Hurwitz is the author of several books for young readers. The Summer I Saved the World…in 65 Days was nominated for a 2015–16 Pennsylvania Young Readers’ Choice Award. Calli Be Gold was nominated for a 2015–16 Minnesota Youth Reading Award and was on the 2014 Bluestem Readers’ Choice Award nomination list in Illinois. It also was named a starred Best Book by the Bank Street College of Education. She is also the author of Ethan Marcus Stands Up and Ethan Marcus Makes His Mark. She lives in the Chicago area.
Readers with siblings will appreciate this story about rivalry.
– School Library Journal
The shifting narration (among Ethan and Erin, their two best friends, and the outcast who joins Ethan in Reflection) is smartly effective at giving insight into the friction between brother and sister over the science fair and beyond, and the point that you can’t externally see what drives people is a helpful nudge to empathy. . . . a thoughtful next step for readers of Andrew Clements.
Hurwitz captures sibling rivalry with insight and humor; tweens will see themselves, their friends, and frenemies in the characters and identify with the middle-school life and drama. Voice is important here, adding dimension and raising tension as narration shifts between Erin’s, Ethan’s, and Marlon’s perspectives. This entertaining sequel to Ethan Marcus Stands Up (2017) begs for a comfy reading corner where laughs are permitted."
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