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Who is George?

Only Howard Carr and his older brother, Ben, can answer that question, because only they know about George. George is the funny little man who lives inside Ben, helping him (mostly) navigate life as a sixth grader who happens to be a scientific genius and who happens to be studying organic chemistry with students much older than he.

One of those students is William Hazlitt, a senior who has been Ben's lab partner in previous ...

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Overview

Who is George?

Only Howard Carr and his older brother, Ben, can answer that question, because only they know about George. George is the funny little man who lives inside Ben, helping him (mostly) navigate life as a sixth grader who happens to be a scientific genius and who happens to be studying organic chemistry with students much older than he.

One of those students is William Hazlitt, a senior who has been Ben's lab partner in previous years. William's interest in chemistry has taken a troubling turn, and Ben has a plan to come to his rescue. And that's when things get complicated — for Howard, for Ben, and for George.

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Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
George is the little old man who lives inside precocious sixth-grader Ben, helping Ben in his advanced science classes and keeping him and his little brother, Howard, amused with constant sarcastic remarks, such as "Tell the Queen of the Maytag that the on button on the oven is spelled just as it is in books: O-N." Ben and George become estranged, however, when Ben refuses to share George's suspicions about William Hazlitt, the star senior student in their organic chemistry class, who cheats on his lab results and seems to be stealing lab equipment for some illicit purpose. As always, Konigsburg is a masterful storyteller, adept at creating a gallery of unusual characters and a suspenseful series of odd and unsettling scenes. But although Konigsburg rightly invites readers to scorn Ben's obnoxious stepmother for labeling him a "schizo," it isn't clear whether Ben's relationship with George does indeed signal a psychological problem in need of therapy or if George is somehow a "real" or valuable element of Ben's personality. An author's note by Konigsburg, added to this new edition, only compounds the confusion. There, Konigsburg rejects a "closed-mind policy about mental illness" while also recommending that we "have the courage to stay in touch with that wise little old man who lives inside us." She goes on to link the misdeeds of William Hazlitt to recent tragedies at Columbine High School and Virginia Tech, representing all three as caused by "the abuse of freedom by an unfeeling few." Huh? Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416949572
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/25/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,403,140
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.81 (w) x 5.06 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

E.L. Konigsburg is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and be runner-up in the same year. In 1968, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler won the Newbery Medal and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth was named a Newbery Honor Book. Almost thirty years later she won the Newbery Medal once again for The View From Saturday. She has also written and illustrated three picture books: Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Colors, Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Inventions, and Amy Elizabeth Explores Bloomingdale’s. In 2000 she wrote Silent to the Bone, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, among many other honors.

After completing her degree at Carnegie Mellon University, Ms. Konigsburg did graduate work in organic chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. For several years she taught science at a private girls’ school. When the third of her three children started kindergarten, she began to write. She now lives on the beach in North Florida.

E.L. Konigsburg is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and be runner-up in the same year. In 1968, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler won the Newbery Medal and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth was named a Newbery Honor Book. Almost thirty years later she won the Newbery Medal once again for The View From Saturday. She has also written and illustrated three picture books: Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Colors, Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Inventions, and Amy Elizabeth Explores Bloomingdale’s. In 2000 she wrote Silent to the Bone, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, among many other honors.

After completing her degree at Carnegie Mellon University, Ms. Konigsburg did graduate work in organic chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. For several years she taught science at a private girls’ school. When the third of her three children started kindergarten, she began to write. She now lives on the beach in North Florida.

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