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Toon Review: Countdown by Deborah Wiles

By Deborah Wiles
Scholastic Press
ISBN: 9780545106054
Grades 5 and Up
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Review copy purchased.

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Also reviewed by Bookends, A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy, Becky’s Book Reviews, Abby (the) Librarian, Literate Lives, A Fuse #8 Production, A Year of Reading, Educating Alice, Semicolon, The Brain Lair, Shelf Elf, Shelf-employed.

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Thanks for this great, great review, Travis! I love this book, the event in part for me is a nostaglic trip back to childhood, memories of elementary school days.

    • I’ve been hearing other folks saying that as well – I suppose that’s a good sign that Wiles really captured the era well.

  2. Great job. I love your Toon review! (is that you in the blue shirt?) We have the same timing. I just posted my review of Countdown last night. In addition to the great trailer, Scholastic also offers a discussion guide, a booktalk, and a PDF excerpt.


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