Dear God, Help!!! Love, Earl (Geek Chronicles Series #3)by Barbara Park
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Earl is ready to do anything to avoid the meanest kid in school-even if it means playing dead.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Meet the Author
BARBARA PARK is best known as the author of the wildly popular New York Times bestselling Junie B. Jones series, which has kept kids (and their grown-ups) laughing—and reading—for over two decades. Beloved by millions, the Junie B. Jones books have been translated into multiple languages and are a time-honored staple in elementary school classrooms around the world. Every bit as funny as her best-known character, Barbara once said, “There are those who believe that the value of a children’s book can be measured only in terms of the moral lessons it tries to impose or the perfect role models it offers. Personally, I happen to think that a book is of extraordinary value if it gives the reader nothing more than a smile or two. In fact, I happen to think that’s huge.”
Barbara Park is also the author of award-winning middle grade novels and bestselling picture books, including Skinnybones, Mick Harte Was Here, and The Kid in the Red Jacket.
Barbara Park was born in New Jersey in 1947 and spent most of her adult life in Arizona, where she and her husband, Richard, raised two sons. Barbara died in 2013, but her legacy lives on in the laughter her books give to readers all over the world.
- Scottsdale, Arizona
- Date of Birth:
- April 21, 1947
- Place of Birth:
- Mt. Holly, New Jersey
- B.S., University of Alabama, 1969
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I like this girl who i think likes me but our relationship is weird and i dont know if i should go with it. I told her i need a break six months ago and now she is flirting with me again. The reason i wanted a break is because she didnt seem intrested anymore. Now she wants to get back together but i dont know if i should. She is super pretty an nice it is just hard for me to decide so i need advice
I agree with what others have said. Let Nathan and Stephan know that you're not intrested, and maybe flirt a little with Max. But don't over do it. Good luck!
Girl, you have to draw a line. Tell them youe not interested, and that you want some space. That would drive me nuts, personally.
Earl Wilbur is an overweight, asthmatic, middle-school aged kid (fifth grade?) who lives with his mom (his dad, who is English, left the family to return to England). Many of the other kids tease him, but a bullying fellow class-mate, Eddie McFee, has been taunting him and even beating him up until one day Earl pays Eddie a dollar not to hurt him, and now Eddie demands a dollar each week to leave Earl alone. Then, Earl's money runs out, so he and his two best friends, Maxie Zuckerman and Rosie Swanson, hatch a plan to get back and Eddie and stop him from bullying Earl. But will it work?
Whenever I see a book from a secular publisher with the word "God" in the title, I am immediately a little suspicious, and this book did absolutely nothing to allay my suspicions. Oh, Earl does pray occasionally, but his prayers are basically just the childish kind of "bargaining with God" ("please make me a sick so that I don't have to go to P. E. class tomorrow") that many people mistake for genuine prayer. Parents will want to know that the book is filled with euphemisms (geez, darn, heck) and even "O my God" as an exclamation, and I am increasingly frustrated with the ubiquitous use of "OMG" in our society. Such language shows an author's poverty of vocabulary in trying to get across ideas. Yet, even worse is that Maxie comes out with the "d" word. True, it is only once, but I have trouble recommending books where children use curse words seemingly as a matter of course.
With topics such as childhood obesity and bullying, there could have been a good story here, but the author had to ruin it with bad language and with a zany, almost racy style of writing which I suppose was thought to make it more "relevant" and "realistic" to today's children, whose attention span and literacy level have been decimated by decades of watching television. This book does not so much deal with finding an actual solution to the problem of bullying as with the desire simply to get revenge on Eddie. In fact, rather than handling the situation in a constructive way, it almost seems to me to be making fun of the whole thing.,
Another thing that I did not like about this book is that adults are generally made to look like incompetent morons. However, when I learned that the author also created the "Junie B. Jones" series, I guess that I should not have been surprised. Other people may like the "Junie B. Jones" books, but the ones that I read I found to be dreadful. Some may decide that Dear God, Help!!! Love, Earl, which was originally published in 1993 , "is a good choice for starting conversations with students about bullying in school and how children should or should not deal with the situations they find themselves in," but we shall not be reading it at our house. It is one of the "Geek Series Chronicles" that also include Maxie, Rose, and Earl: Partners in Grime, and Rosie Swanson: Fourth-Grade Geek for President, and I have to admit that I have no desire to read them either.
Barbara Park has been the best childrens author for a long time. Now you've all read Barbara Park's Books, but you have'nt read nothing yet, till you've read this masterpeice.