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Eddie McCall is a good kid. He does his homework, picks up around the house, and cooks dinner for his single mom when she has to work late at a Chicago hotel. Then Eddie’s best friend, Whip, shows him a printout from the Internet— a picture of an honest-to-gosh naked woman—and suddenly Eddie can’t seem to think about anything else. He knows his mom will be upset if she sees the sites he’s visiting. Still, he doesn’t expect her to ship him off to her hometown of Sheldon, Indiana, to live with his great-uncle ...

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Overview

Eddie McCall is a good kid. He does his homework, picks up around the house, and cooks dinner for his single mom when she has to work late at a Chicago hotel. Then Eddie’s best friend, Whip, shows him a printout from the Internet— a picture of an honest-to-gosh naked woman—and suddenly Eddie can’t seem to think about anything else. He knows his mom will be upset if she sees the sites he’s visiting. Still, he doesn’t expect her to ship him off to her hometown of Sheldon, Indiana, to live with his great-uncle Peavey for an entire month. Peavey isn’t exactly the father figure thirteen-year-old Eddie’s been looking for. He spits tobacco juice into a can, calls a toilet a “commode,” and certainly doesn’t own a computer.

As it turns out, however, both Peavey McCall and Sheldon, Indiana, hold some very surprising secrets . . .

The author captures two worlds in this tender and funny look at a boy learning what it really means to be a man.

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“Woodworth perfectly captures an eighth-grade boy on the cusp of adolescence, struggling with his identity as he learns about himself, his family, and what is really important in relationships.” —School Library Journal

"Woodworth leavens her simply written story with well-drawn characters and quiet wisdom, making this a good choice for discussion groups. Parents, too, might learn from Eddie's single mother and her determination to assert parental control over her son's use of the Internet." Kirkus Reviews

“Solid storytelling and well-developed characters round out this familiar tale of new insights gained through clean country living and intergenerational relationships.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"Readers will find themselves unable to put Double-Click for Trouble down. . . . Very highly recommended." Young Adult Books Central

Children's Literature - Melissa Joy Adams
Eddie and his best friend Whip both live in single parent homes. Eddie's mother is strict and in control, while Whip's father is permissive. When Whip encourages Eddie to break his mother's no Internet rule to look at pictures of naked women and sign up for a teen dating site, Eddie's mother thinks Whip is a bad influence and tries to limit the boys' interactions. When Whip's father will not help keep them apart, Eddie's mother sends him to Sheldon, Indiana, to live with his great-uncle Peavy, hoping the male influence will be beneficial. While initially great-uncle Peavy does not seem to be the best living companion, let alone father figure, eventually he grows on Eddie and offers sound advice. When the Daly family arrives in town shortly after Eddie, Peavy begins acting strange. Eddie, the Daly family, and Sheldon are all tied together by a long kept secret—a secret Eddie is about to uncover. Because at times Woodworth's novel is heavy-handed, it is not the best choice for teaching young adults about responsible Internet usage. The sections devoted to discussing inappropriate Internet use, while pertinent, are didactic and therefore distance the very audience trying to be reached. Despite the sometimes preachy tone, Eddie's voice is authentic and the familial issues are compelling. Reviewer: Melissa Joy Adams
KLIATT - Paula Rohrlick
Thirteen-year-old Eddie lives with his protective single mother in Chicago, with lots of love but not much money. He isn't supposed to go online without her supervision, and when his best friend comes over, checks out some inappropriate sites, and signs him up for an online dating site, Eddie's mom finds out and goes ballistic. Since she's unable to supervise Eddie during the summer while she's at work, she decides to ship him back to her hometown, tiny Shelton, Indiana, to stay with his great-uncle Peavey for a month. Despite his initial resentment and some awkward missteps, Eddie comes to understand the value of second chances: he meets the beautiful Erin and her down-to-earth sister, Ronnie, and learns some unexpected truths about the father he'd never known. Sensitive and humorous, this is an appealing novel about appreciating what's really important in life. The characters come alive on the page, from Whip, Eddie's impetuous best friend, to shy, kind Peavey, to Eddie, in all his believable confusion. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick
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Gr 6-8

Eddie McCall is a great kid. He cooks dinner for his single mom, does his homework, and gets placed in advanced classes at school. When his friend, Whip, shows him a printout from the Internet of a naked woman, Eddie realizes why his mother won't let him on the computer. His mind is consumed with the picture; his curiosity and hormones are stirred. He worries that he is a 13-year-old pervert. His vigilant mother finds out what he and Whip are up to and sends Eddie to spend school break with his great-uncle in rural Indiana. Eccentric, tobacco-spitting Peavey is hardly what Eddie had in mind in his wish for a father figure. Yet, he gives the boy grandfatherly advice, especially when Eddie realizes who his father actually is and why his mother left Indiana and has never returned. As he wrestles with his newfound gene pool, Eddie begins to understand what being a father really means. He also meets a real girl, Ronnie, whom he realizes is much nicer than those cyber babes. In a sweet touch at the end, he repays Peavey's kindnesses by reconnecting the elderly man with the woman he loved as a youth. Woodworth perfectly captures an eighth-grade boy on the cusp of adolescence, struggling with his identity as he learns about himself, his family, and what is really important in relationships.-Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME

Kirkus Reviews
When caught viewing inappropriate websites on the family computer, 13-year-old Eddie McCall is sent to spend his four-week vacation in Indiana with Uncle Peavey, a scrawny little "garden gnome" of a man living in the middle of nowhere. Looking for a father figure, Eddie doesn't expect much from Uncle Peavey, who has never even been on a date and still sleeps in a bunk bed. Though he feels as if he has walked right into reruns of The Andy Griffith Show, Eddie-predictably-comes to appreciate his great-uncle, the mechanically minded girl named Ronnie who helps Peavey in his shop and the values they impart. Swirling around Eddie's resentment at his exile are stories he glimpses only parts of: Peavey's determinedly single status, Ronnie's bristling resentment and his unguessed-at connection to the unpleasant Daly family. Woodworth leavens her simply written story with well-drawn characters and quiet wisdom, making this a good choice for discussion groups. Parents, too, might learn from Eddie's single mother and her determination to assert parental control over her son's use of the Internet. (Fiction. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374309879
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 5/27/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Woodworth

CHRIS WOODWORTH’s debut novel, When Ratboy Lived Next Door, was hailed by School Library Journal as “an outstanding offering from a first-time author.” Her second novel, Georgie’s Moon, was selected a Best Book of Indiana–Children’s Literature. She lives in Indiana with her husband and their two children.

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