101 Ways to Bug Your Friends and Enemies

101 Ways to Bug Your Friends and Enemies

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The fun, wacky series is back and middle schoolers will love the third zany installment!

Steve Sneeze" Wyatt is back and muddling through typical middle school experiences in an entirely atypical way. Between dodging the meathead golf team bully and puzzling out why girls have him and his friends acting so odd, everyone struggles through the throes ofSee more details below

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The fun, wacky series is back and middle schoolers will love the third zany installment!

Steve Sneeze" Wyatt is back and muddling through typical middle school experiences in an entirely atypical way. Between dodging the meathead golf team bully and puzzling out why girls have him and his friends acting so odd, everyone struggles through the throes of friendship and first love with a distinctly Cyrano de Bergerac spin. With a hilarious ensemble cast, plenty of zingy banter, and just the right amount of gross-outs, this latest in the 101 Ways series delivers exactly what fans want, and is sure to earn new ones too.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“This offers up an appealing protagonist, . . . diverse characters, as well as a nice blend of humor and sympathy. An entertaining read.”
From the Publisher
"With a unique cast of characters (including supportive parents) and plenty of conflict and humor, this is a good choice for reluctant readers." - School Library Journal

"This offers up an appealing protagonist, . . . diverse characters, as well as a nice blend of humor and sympathy. An entertaining read." - Booklist

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Stephen J. Wyatt—a.k.a. Sneeze because of his allergies—is a boy genius cum inventor and has just arrived home from a driving trip to California with his parents. They went on the trip so Steve could present his "Nice Alarm," which awakens its user with two gentle taps on the shoulder instead of loud noises, to a manufacturer. Unfortunately, said manufacturer does not appear to be interested. Now he has to tell his friends he failed to sell his invention. Plus, he has to deal with bullies at the high school where he takes some classes even though he is still in middle school; and he realizes his second best friend, Hayley, makes his fingers tingle and his heart race. To make matters worse, Sneeze has arguments with his best friend Hiccup—a hypochondriac. First Hiccup accidentally kills Steve's fish by using household cleanser and bleach on their aquarium because he could not stand the green algae slime on the glass. Then Sneeze discovers he has to take P.E. in middle school, which means he will have to give up the computer design course he had planned to take at the high school. Later, after Hiccup helps by telling his friend about an afternoon martial arts class which will count as P.E., the two argue about whether Sneeze is trying to steal Hiccup's would-be girlfriend. But all is well that ends well. This third book in the "101 Ways to Bug..." series is funny and fresh and relates to problems all kids' experience. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal
Gr 6–8—Steve "Sneeze" Wyatt, eighth grader and aspiring inventor, is having one heck of a year. Now that he's taking a few classes at the high school, things are becoming very complicated with friends and enemies alike: he's in love with Hayley, who, in turn, is in love with his high-school friend Cullen; he and best friend Hector (aka "Hiccup") are having spats; and a varsity golfer is bullying him. On top of that, his Nice Alarm was rejected at the Invention Convention®, which has put a damper on his ambition, and his hapkido class is interfering with his job at Gadabout Golf, which he loves. With a unique cast of characters (including supportive parents) and plenty of conflict and humor, this is a good choice for reluctant readers, including those who haven't read the first two books.—Laurie Slagenwhite Walters, Peachtree Montessori International, Ann Arbor, MI
Kirkus Reviews

In the third in the 101 Ways to Bug series, a group of middle-schoolers encounters a bullying high-school golf-team member and a series of first-love misadventures.

"Sneeze" Wyatt, who is unbecomingly plagued by serious hay fever, has just returned from a summer-long vacation to discover that: a) while he once merely admired his friend Hayley, now he loves her; b) she has a severe crush on a hunky new Hawaiian member of the high-school golf team, Cullen—who doesn't know she exists; c) Sneezes's best friend Hiccup—who is wracked by hiccups when stressed—loves martial-arts star Joonbi; and, d) Joonbi seems to truly adore Sneeze. Sneeze, tapping into a Cyrano de Bergerac concept, begins to writee-mails to Hayley, supposedly from Cullen, a plan sure to eventually fail. Fortunately, the dialogue that constitutes most of the narrative and drives the plot is largely believable. Less expedient is the lack of significant character development and the numerous references to events that occurred in the two previous volumes in the series. Readers that come upon this work first will find many of the allusions mystifying and might need a score card to keep track of thenumerous walk-on characters.

With a mildly humorous presentation and the all-too-familiar concept of young teens exploring unrequited love, this average effort joins a crowded field. (Fiction. 9-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101529393
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
428,787
Lexile:
600L (what's this?)
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
10 Years

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