A Brand-New Me! #17

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It’s graduation time for Hank Zipzer and all his friends— time to move on from PS 87 to middle school. Trouble is, there are tests Hank has to pass to get into the same middle schools as his friends, and his learning differences might get in the way. Luckily, a life-altering audition at a performing arts middle school helps him find his true path.

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A Brand-New Me! (Hank Zipzer Series #17)

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Overview

It’s graduation time for Hank Zipzer and all his friends— time to move on from PS 87 to middle school. Trouble is, there are tests Hank has to pass to get into the same middle schools as his friends, and his learning differences might get in the way. Luckily, a life-altering audition at a performing arts middle school helps him find his true path.

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Children's Literature - Michele C. Hughes
This volume of the Hank Zipzer series looks like a chapter book, but the narrative voice is that of a jaded, underachieving fifth grader. Unfortunately, he lacks the charisma that would make him a likable character instead of a tiresome one. His forgetfulness and irresponsibility wear on the reader, although they are probably intended to make him someone young readers can relate to. In this school story, Hank is disappointed to find out that his two best friends will be going to a middle school for gifted students, while he goes on to a public middle school with other average students. But when the music teacher discovers Hank's hidden talent for improvisational drama (which doesn't actually seem as noteworthy as the characters think it is), he gets Hank an audition at a performing arts middle school. Tension mounts as Hank's audition approaches. With Hank as the narrator, the reader knows what he's thinking and feeling, so it's inconsistent to the narrative arc when Hank suddenly backs out of the audition without warning. Fortunately, his grandfather, a cliche of a wise older family member, is there to talk him through it. In the end, Hank's talent and his honesty about his learning disability see him through. Most of the adults in this book are caricatures: Principal Love drones on and on with meaningless platitudes, the severe Mrs. Adolf is a parody of Hitler, and Hank's parents act like cardboard cutouts of parents. Even his siblings act and speak in cliches, with his baby brother playing the classic role of "stinky-diapered baby brother." The author's decision to name the drama teacher Garry Marshall is likely a nod to the author's "Happy Days" television producer, a reference that seems self-indulgent since it will likely be lost on young readers. Reviewer: Michele C. Hughes
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448452104
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 4/20/2010
  • Series: Hank Zipzer Series , #17
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 261,369
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.64 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler is an acomplished actor, producer and director.  In 2003, Henry added author to his list of acheivements as he co-authored a series of children's books.  Inspired by the true life experiences of Henry Winkler, whose undiagnosed dyslexia made him a classic childhood underachiever, the Hank Zipzer series is about the high-spirited and funny adventures of a boy with learning differences.

Henry is married to Stacey Weitzman and they have three children.

Lin Oliver is a writer and producer of movies, books, and television series for children and families. She has created over one hundred episodes of television, four movies, and seven books. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alan. They have three sons named Theo, Ollie, and Cole, one fluffy dog named Annie, and no iguanas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    Out of this world

    Shot me out of the sky, ur my kriptonite i will never b brave cuz u got that one thing
    Lol srry this awesome book makes me sing that song (one thing) u shod read this book cuz hank is one neat guy even if he has learning challenges. And in this u will find hank very specail and one thing: he is separated from his two bffs in a nother school . Can he fix it? No! Oops its spioler ert should hav warned u to bad
    Let hannk take u on a awesome adventurewith him

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2011

    Ella B

    If you have good friends then it will be easy for you to relate

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    REALLY GOOD BOOK

    I really enjoyed it this is a must read

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    Hank got diapers from nick as a present

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    GREAT

    Great book for even adults to read

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    Posted September 22, 2011

    Luv it $

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