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Deliver Us from Normal

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2007

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    I loved this book!!! In a true coming of age during the tempestuous time of middle school, this book shows the way. Deliver Us from Normal shows the difficulties of fitting in with the popular kids, and explores the realities of family and growing up while staying true to yourself. The family dynamics ring true to life, from the inadvertently protective mother to the tries ever so hard father. The main character, Charles, brings out the self-conscious introvert lurking inside all of us. Charles is so thoughtful and sweet, you want to bundle him up and take him home with you. The writing flows well and is easy to understand. Super book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2007

    Good Book

    I think that this was a good book. I didn't really think that I would like it when I first started to read it. When I got through it I really, really liked it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for TeensReadToo.com

    Charles Harrisong may live in Normal, Illinois, but he knows his family is anything but. They practically live at Bargain Bonanza, and they're the only family in town who rents a home with no air conditioning. They're loud, and do everything together, and cause a scene wherever they go. Then, there's just him, Charles, who makes lists and sublists of "The Most Embarrassing Things in (his) Life," such as his horrible summer at scout camp and "The Yearling" incident at school. With his unique ability to feel the hidden meaning behind peoples' actions, Charles can't escape what other people think. All he prays for is for his family to be normal. <BR/><BR/>When his older sister's attempts to run for president of her class end with disastrous results, the Harrisong parents decide that they have had enough of their unforgiving town. After some quick decisions, they drag Charles and his four siblings away from Normal in the middle of the night on a quest to purchase a cheap houseboat docked in Alabama. As they leave the city limits, Charles offers up a new prayer to God to "deliver us from Normal. Get us out of here. Thank you." <BR/><BR/>Can the Harrisong family make it, or will this houseboat thing just be another horrible mistake? <BR/><BR/>Klise offers a refreshing voice in the young, shy Charles, and a hilarious look at a family who maintains a close bond throughout much tribulation. Layered with meaning, this masterful work will touch anyone who has survived their own, abnormal family.

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