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The Accidental Genius of Weasel High
     

The Accidental Genius of Weasel High

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by Rick Detorie
 

A book for the Wimpy Kid who has grown into a Wimpy Teen
 
Larkin Pace desperately wants a new camcorder. How else is he going to become the next great filmmaker? But his dad won’t give him any money, his sister is determined to make his life miserable, and his nemesis Dalton Cooke is trying to steal his girlfriend. Now this

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A book for the Wimpy Kid who has grown into a Wimpy Teen
 
Larkin Pace desperately wants a new camcorder. How else is he going to become the next great filmmaker? But his dad won’t give him any money, his sister is determined to make his life miserable, and his nemesis Dalton Cooke is trying to steal his girlfriend. Now this height-challenged aspiring director must chronicle his wacky life for a freshman English assignment.

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Publishers Weekly
The problem with Detorie's strip One Big Happy has long been a hard one to overcome: it's just not that funny. This issue is handily dealt with in his refreshingly vivid and approachable YA illustrated novel, which strives for only the occasional chuckle and is more interested in telling the story of one very driven 14-year-old. Larkin Pace and his classmates must keep a weekly "notebook blog," the results compiled in Detorie's book, where Larkin rags on his parents, obsesses over his best friend Brooke (who he'd now like as a girlfriend), binges on film quotes (his dad is a film studies professor), and divulges his complicated scheme for becoming a Hollywood impresario by age 16. Detorie's sketchy illustrations punctuate a story told with an easy, self-deprecating humor steeped in adolescent modernity without overdoing the slang and up-to-the-minute references. While many of Larkin's nemeses are standard issue (annoying sister, omnipresent bully), his voice manages to be good-natured and assured without the addition of arrogance. Ages 12–up. (Apr.) Board and concept books to nurture an early love of reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606841495
Publisher:
EgmontUSA
Publication date:
04/26/2011
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.62(d)
Lexile:
850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

Meet the Author

In addition to his syndicated comic strip “One Big Happy,” Rick Detorie has been art director for an ad agency, a freelance cartoonist, and the author of several adult humor books. His freelance cartoons have appeared in Saturday Review, Saturday Evening Post, TV Guide, and National Lampoon. He lives in Venice, California.

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Accidental Genius of Weasel High 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
Think the Wimpy Kid books but taking place in a high school. Larkin Pace is required to write a notebook blog over the course of five months at Arthur C. Weatzle High School; this book is that illustrated blog. It covers bullies, romance (and lack thereof), friendship, annoying siblings, and embarrassing parents. The pranks are spot-on for many middle schoolers but I don't imagine anyone over the age of 14 will appreciate the humor. As an educator, I was annoyed at the part where Larkin sees a teacher looking at porn on a school computer but I feel the same annoyance at the recently-released movie, "Bad Teacher."
number_guy More than 1 year ago
Being that I was a fan of his comic strip, I had to give this book a try. It hit the ground running with quirky and funny events that made the book go by really fast. There were a couple of pages that made me get up and share with whoever was near me. I think that this book is perfect for middle school readers and up. Its the kind of well written story that leaves you with a good feeling and doesn't have any cheap shock tactics. I highly recommend it!