Jacque, that’s true (about information being told versus shown) but I also felt a lot of the scenes where the author tried to show things just didn’t work. Like the scene with the truant officer. I just didn’t believe that these people would actually do these things and talk this way. Same with every one of the investigation scenes.
But I did believe the scene in the school, where Kya is trying to spell dog. And most of the scenes with Jumpin’ felt true (to me, anyway).