Below is a book review by Saige, one of my reading bowl students. She decided to review Death By Toilet Paper! So Check it out!
Donna Gephart’s Death By Toilet Paper was an amazing book. It was about a boy named Benjamin Epstein who loves sweepstakes contests. His father had died so he and his mother live in an apartment together; and they are not considered wealthy people. They are about to get evicted from their apartment and leave their home they love, so Ben devises a plan to earn extra money and win sweepstakes prizes so they can keep their apartment.
My favorite part of Death By Toilet Paper is when a bully at Ben’s school beats Ben up and takes all of his hard earned money. Then Ben leaves school in overwhelming sadness and visits his father’s grave. It is not the happiest part, but it is a big turning point in the book and a very touching part.
When Ben hears about the eviction that will take place, he is very sad, because all of his memories of his father were in the apartment, but his most loved memory of him is on the ceiling of his bedroom. A glow-in-the-dark galaxy mural that his father painted for him.
If you like books like Old Yeller or Hunger Games that are sad and happy at the same time, and they make you want to cry, then this is a book for you.
All in all, I think Death By Toilet Paper is truly a phenomenal book.