The Boy Who Lost His Face

The Boy Who Lost His Face

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by Louis Sachar

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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.  See more details below


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.

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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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Random House Children's Books
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2 MB
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Louis Sachar lives in Austin, Texas, in the USA. His novel HOLES won the Newbery Medal in the US and was shortlisted for the Children's Book Award in the UK.
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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The Boy Who Lost His Face 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book ok it is funny and wired and crazy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 :(
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was corny. Good book. Had trouble puting it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is not inapropiat
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutly the best book ive read... i dont really care about the swearing AND IM 11
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this was a good book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like that book It is funny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not for kids under 10 but other than that its great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I guess it was good
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books so far of Louis Sachar!!!!
Alyssa75 11 months ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar Publisher: Yearling Publication Date: April 15, 1997 Rating: 4 stars Source: Copy sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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. The cool kids taunt him and his only friends are freaks. He even walks into Spanish class with his fly unzipped! And when he finally gets up the nerve to ask out a cute girl, his pants fall down in midsentence. Is it the Bayfield curse at work? Or is David simply turning into a total loser? What I Liked: This review is going to be very abridged! Like a mini-review. David is a young boy in middle school, who is friends with Scott. Except Scott wants to hang out with the cool kids (Randy and Roger), and David isn't quite cool enough to hang out with them. The boys decide to steal an old lady's cane from her, and the old lady places a curse on David! Suddenly everything is going wrong - David breaks his parents' bedroom window, his fly is never zipped, his pants fall down, he spills flour everywhere. Meanwhile, his "friends" make fun of him and completely push him out of their circles, and David makes two new friends. But will the curse ever be lifted? This is Middle Grade, if you couldn't tell or didn't know! I haven't read a Middle Grade book in a long time, but I've enjoyed them in the past. I read Holes at least ten years ago, and loved it! This book was great as well. I loved that the author hit so many issues that a kid in middle school would experience: fitting in, liking a girl, being awkward, dealing with younger siblings, growing up, learning good things and bad things. So many great topics Sachar hit in this book, which is pretty great. It takes me back to when I was in middle school! I was surprised to see that this was on the banned list, but as I was reading, I had to constantly remind myself that this book is Middle Grade! Not Young Adult or New Adult or Adult. See my discussion of why this book was banned at the bottom of this post! Overall, I liked following David's story. It was cute, funny, and all too real. I know I haven't said much specifically about the characters or plot, but just know that this is definitely a great book to give new teens! What I Did Not Like: This book was adorable! I don't think I have any dislikes at the moment. Would I Recommend It: For new teens, I'd recommend this book! It's very real, yet very humorous. It's also short, less than 200 pages! It was banned (for reasons we shall ignore), but it's definitely something younger teens will enjoy and relate to! Rating: 4 stars. Louis Sachar is such a well-known and talented children's author, so it doesn't surprise me that I liked this book! Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
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