The Boy Who Lost His Face [NOOK Book]

Overview

DAVID IS ONLY trying to be cool when he helps some of the popular kids steal Old Lady Bayfield’s cane. But when the plan backfires, he’s the one the “old witch” curses. Now David can’t seem to do anything right. Is it the Bayfield curse at work? Or is David simply turning into a total loser?

“Wildly ...
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Overview

DAVID IS ONLY trying to be cool when he helps some of the popular kids steal Old Lady Bayfield’s cane. But when the plan backfires, he’s the one the “old witch” curses. Now David can’t seem to do anything right. Is it the Bayfield curse at work? Or is David simply turning into a total loser?

“Wildly funny.”—Kirkus Reviews


From the Trade Paperback edition.

David receives a curse from an elderly woman he has helped his schoolmates attack, and he learns to regret his weakness in pandering to others for the sake of popularity before new friends and a very nice girl help him to be a stronger, more assertive person.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Could David's efforts to court popularity be doomed by the curse of an elderly neighbor? ``Readers will empathize'' said PW , with the hero of ``this delightful, funny book.'' Ages 10-14. Mar.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-- The jacket art of a young man's horrified surprise as his pants fall down while he's talking to a girl in the school corridor captures much about the book, particularly its wit and humor he's lost his pants, not his face and its exploration of exaggerated situations that reveal the very real and excruciating angst of middle schoolers. David Ballinger fears being uncool, not fitting in, and wants so much to be popular that he helps some classmates attack an elderly woman and steal her cane. When odd things begin to happen to him, he believes the woman to be a witch who has cursed him, and his genuine remorse causes him to punish himself. By not being assertive, by not standing up for what he believes, he loses face. He grows in the course of the novel, and is able to get his ``face'' back, albeit somewhat bruised. Ample dialogue including name calling, street language, and obscenities and brief chapters will make this a book for which young patrons will reach. Unfortunately, the story is weakened by the tagged-on final chapter, set 150 years in the future, in which David Ballinger is revered, and his birthday has been made a school holiday. --Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307797131
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 200,278
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Louis Sachar
Louis Sachar lives in Austin, Texas, where he writes his novels and plays quite a lot of bridge. His novel Holes has sold over 1.5 million copies in the Bloomsbury edition alone and Louis is the recipient of many of the world's most well-regarded book prizes, including the National Book Award and the Newbery Award.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    I like this book ok it is funny and wired and crazy.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2011

    This book is cool

    It is not inapropiat

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2005

    Absolutely wonderful book

    This book is wonderful. Whether it is appropriate for young children or not is completely irrelevant to the quality of the book. It accurately portrays the struggles that teens often face throughout Junior High and High School. I first read this book when I was in Junior High and thoroughly enjoyed it. The language was not a detraction from the quality of the book at all. In fact, it lends it credibility. Inappropriate language and gestures are a way of life. If you don't want your child exposed to that, don't let them open their eyes, and certainly don't ever let them read a book!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2003

    Don't be fooled by the author's name on this one!

    Many students may choose this book because they enjoyed reading Holes. The main character is spineless. He stands by and does nothing as his friends torment an elderly lady. He has a fascination with flipping people the bird, and wonders who decided it was an insulting gesture. The language is innapropriate for reader's this age. The author totally lost sight of what is appropriate for an audience this age.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    OMG i love this book

    I have read this book a million times and the book never gets old!Evrey kid over 8 should read this book !!! PS it has bad words :(

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2006

    The Boy who Lost his Face

    The book I¿m reviewing is The Boy Who Lost His Face. It is written by Louis Sachar. I gave this book three stars, it is an okay book. This book is about a boy named David that has a friend named Scott. Scott goes with these kids Roger and Randy, so David does too. David helps his friend Scott, plus he helps Randy and Roger steal a cane from an old lady. Bad luck starts happening to David, because he stuck the middle finger at the old lady. A problem that occurs is that David stuck the middle finger at the old lady that Scott, Randy, and Roger took the cane from, and now David¿s getting bad luck. I wouldn¿t recommend this book because it had some bad language. Other books by this author are Dogs Don¿t Tell Jokes, and Holes.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2005

    Great book!

    I think the book was a good book. But at the end of it, it was disapointing and surprising. But for the rest, it was good!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2000

    Corny

    It was corny. Good book. Had trouble puting it down.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2005

    A disgrace

    As a former teacher and grandmother I found this book totally inappropriate for an elementary student. The language was vulgar, and the referral to 'the finger' as well as other referrals was absurd. Where was Mr. Sachar's brain? This book should be banned from the elementary library shelves

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2004

    IT ROCKED

    This book is absolutly the best book ive read... i dont really care about the swearing AND IM 11

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2003

    A really good TEEN book

    I read 'the boy who lost his face' in only a couple of hours and thought it was wounderful, so good i didnt put it down until it was finished. It makes you feel as though your really there, feeling what david feels. I reccomed this book to teens but dont suggest it to any one under 11 b/c i found it cursed quite a bit to be a childrens book but nothing to bad, an overall excellent book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2003

    The best book

    This is a book about a kid who likes this girl. Throughout this book he tries to ask her out and is too chicken. He meats these kids who becomes his friends and help him to ask Miss. Williams out.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2003

    AWSOME

    This is one of the best books so far of Louis Sachar!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2003

    AWESOME

    It's great how david,larry,mo,and tori,who are all weird,underdog kids(like the most of the american school population) turn out to be victorius.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2002

    Good

    I think this was a good book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2001

    Cool

    I really like that book It is funny

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    Not for kids under...

    Not for kids under 10 but other than that its great!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Inappropriate For Kids under 14

    I read this book to my 9- and 11-year old at bedtime last month and was surprised at the number of times I had to edit my read on the fly to avoid the profanity. Entire sections of the book deal with "giving people the finger". And while my kids certainly know what that means, I didn't think we needed to read a story about it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    AWESOME!!!!!!!

    My mom thinks its inapropit

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Shut up dumb asses!

    Hi

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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