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To the Bozo, the clown who sits inside the cage above the dunk tank, everyone is a “mark.” Once he has zeroed in on his victim, the Bozo comes up with the perfect wisecrack—something funny enough to make people stop and listen, and cruel enough to hook the mark. Now the mark is bent on revenge, and he’ll buy however many balls he needs to hit the target and see the Bozo plunge into the water. It’s a game that fascinates Chad, who lives on the Jersey shore, where the boardwalk turns into an amusement park every ...
To the Bozo, the clown who sits inside the cage above the dunk tank, everyone is a “mark.” Once he has zeroed in on his victim, the Bozo comes up with the perfect wisecrack—something funny enough to make people stop and listen, and cruel enough to hook the mark. Now the mark is bent on revenge, and he’ll buy however many balls he needs to hit the target and see the Bozo plunge into the water. It’s a game that fascinates Chad, who lives on the Jersey shore, where the boardwalk turns into an amusement park every summer. He wishes he could shout at the world from the safety of a cage—his dad ran out on him and his mom, and now everyone seems convinced that Chad will wind up a loser, too. He’s determined to get a job playing the Bozo, something he knows he’d be good at. Suddenly, Chad finds himself thrown into a strange and twisted world, where humor has far more power than he ever imagined.
With a crackling plot and smart, funny dialogue, Dunk pulls readers along on a journey that exposes a universal truth: We all need to laugh.
While hoping to work as the clown in an amusement park dunk tank on the New Jersey shore the summer before his junior year in high school, Chad faces his best friend's serious illness, hassles with police, and the girl that got away.
4Q/4P "Dunk confirms Lubar's growing stature as an author of distinctive, intriguing, and highly original young adult fiction." VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)
Lubar ably charts a watershed summer between boyhood and manhood, just one of the attractions of [his] engrossing novel." Publishers Weekly
"Lubar tells an engaging story with believable and interesting characters and witty dialogue. . . . Readers will be pleased." KLIATT
"Chad is the prototype of the hard-luck teen. The Bozo, too, is classic With painful truth, Lubar create[s] complex characters." Booklist, ALA
"...genuinely original. Readers will relish [that] blend of hope and cynicism that gives [the boardwalk] its rich and gamey flavor." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"well-realized characters in a solid novel about the anger that often fuels humor - and the compassion that enhances it." The HORN BOOK GUIDE, pointer review Horn Book Guide, Pointer
Chapter 1 His voice ripped the air like a chain saw. The harsh cry sliced straight through my guts the first time I heard it. The sound cut deep, but the words cut deeper. He shredded any fool who wandered near the cage. He drove people wild. He drove them crazy. Best of all, he drove them to blow wads of cash for a chance to plunge his sorry butt into a tank of slimy water.
This was just about the coolest thing I’d ever seen. Which made it that much more amazing, since I lived in one of the coolest places on the planet and I’d seen some of the freakiest things man or nature had ever created.
I was on my way down the boardwalk to get a slice of pizza at Salvatore’s. Today was the start of the tourist season. The crowds were thin because the ocean water was still chilly. That wouldn’t last. In a few weeks the place would be mobbed. It would stay that way until the end of summer—wall-to-wall tourists frantically packing as much activity as possible into their vacation at the Jersey shore. I hoped someone special would also return. But if I thought about her too much right now, I knew I’d go crazy.
Posted January 31, 2012
Dunk is the story of chad's summer at the Jersey shore. Chad is very frustrated that his summer is not going as he planned, but then he found his dream job, Bozo the dunk tank clown. As Chad trains with Bozo, he realizes that this might not be what he wants to do.
What i found intriguing about this book is the setting and the description. This book made me want to be at the Jersey shore learning how to be a dunk tank clown. Also, I think this is a good topic, it was different than the average teen story about stupid teen drama and relationships, or the average sports book.
I have recommended this book to many of my friends and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good story that is willing to let the story develop.
Posted January 15, 2008
Dunk, By David Lubar, deserves a 4 star rating. I rated this book 4 star instead of 5 because it is a great book but it is not as good as some of his other books. Like all of my other favorite books by David Lubar this one is about a teenage kid trying to get through life, or in this case a summer vacation. In this Book Chad Turner is looking for a summer job and finds a few bumps along the road. When all of his friends had jobs his mom still wanted him to be her little baby and wouldn¿t let him get a job. He was stuck doing errands for the workers on the boardwalk when he really wanted to be the 'bozo' in the dunk tank. Whenever he walked past the tank he imagined himself targeting the people and lures them into buying their tricks. The current bozo, Malcolm, who isn't very fond of Chad, moves in above Chad and his mom's house in the top floor. For a long while they Chad and Malcolm are enemies but after a while they start to become closer. This book is a page turner you will not want to put down and I recommend it for a quick read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 12, 2007
By looking at the title, many would assume that Dunk, by David Lubar, is a book about basketball. I know that is what I thought at first. However, once you begin reading you realize that the main character in the book, a boy named Chad, aspires to be the Bozo in a dunk tank along the Atlantic City boardwalk. Unfortunately, he has many obstacles standing in his way. For example, his mother babies him by not allowing him to see what it is like to be independent and have a job. Some of these obstacles make the plot very interesting along the way. Throughout the novel, you will notice that there is a lot going on, which can lead to excitement and drama among the characters. With school ending, Chad and his friends are ready to get summer started. As a student myself, this is something to which I can relate. It is interesting that anytime one of them mentions school, they have to pay the other a dollar. That is a great way to keep everyone¿s mind focused on summer vacation. The author does not waste anytime bringing the readers into the action. After learning a quick history about Chad, his family and his friends, Chad is already exploring the pier and thinking about the summer ahead of him. Early on, he runs into some trouble with the police this happens on multiple occasions throughout the novel. Everything does not always go according to plan. This is a common theme in the novel, and it is something that almost everybody has experienced. For example, Chad¿s friend Jason usually plays volleyball all summer and is getting ready for a big tournament. However, he becomes ill and has to spend many days in the hospital. Furthermore, one day Chad is walking along the pier and the police wrongly blame him for stealing from a local store. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time is a very easy way to get into big trouble, even though you have not done anything wrong. There is another instance where Chad finally finds enough courage to ask this girl out, until he finds out that one of his enemies already has a date with her. Having the ability to relate fictional stories to the real world can make a novel more enjoyable, and that is one reason that I could not put Dunk down. Being able to overcome obstacles is a key to success. In order for Chad to attain his goal, he faces different attitude problems. Also, not having enough determination and confidence is another reason he may not achieve his ultimate goal of being the Bozo. By the end of the story, the readers will notice how he has grown and become more appreciative for what he has. In order to find out if he actually becomes the Bozo, you will have to read the book for yourself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 31, 2007
Posted January 23, 2007
Ah, it is summer again, a time and place when the best things can happen to you. No school, no teachers and best of all, a time to do what you want. The best? Not for quiet, witty, and friendly Chad. His life seems like it is deep under water in David Lubar¿s Dunk. Do not be fooled by the name or the blurb of the story because once you get into Dunk, It will feel as if the book was almost super glued to the hands your reading with. Chad¿s sarcasm and plain old wit will make you laugh so hard you will start to have pains in your sides. Most humorous books do not have much of a true message. This book has a much better message than other thoughtful tales. Chad¿s life is all washed up in the story when Malcolm, the man who has the job he wants, moves into his house. One of Chad¿s closest and only friends, Jason, has a terrible disease that is killing him. To top it off the love of his life, Gwen, who he finally had the guts to ask out is dating a drug dealer. Dunk is an emotional roller coaster you do not want to miss. Dunk¿s sense of what life is about is what makes this book so incredible. It really tells the reader know how life is definitely not a walk in the park. There are similar qualities between Dunk and Be more chill. Both books explore the real thoughts of a teen and how the things that happen can get the best of us. If you thought Be more chill was amazing, then you will be drenched with on going thoughts while enjoying Dunk. Dunk¿s message is, no matter how cruddy or bad your life is, appreciate the things you have, and remember only you can change it. It¿s really all in your own hands. With laughs, love and a meaning of life, Dunk will flood you with loving thoughts.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 19, 2006
David Lubar is an Amazing author and he took it too a higher sense giving readers a chance to have deep connections with his character, to say noting of the relatability, and mulitidimentional characters! I almost cried, it's the sweetest book ever, and a must read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 28, 2006
I really think that Lubar captured the real essence of the average teenager e.g the worrying about the average teen, summer jobs etc. The storyline can be a little tedious and bland at times but overall the story moves on at a very well pace. When i picked up this book, i didnt put it down until i was done. Lubar really made me want to know what was going to happen next. He even pays respect to famous comedians and books. If you enjoy books that are funny and true to life, get this book NOW!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 21, 2004
Filled with humor as well as heartache, this gripping novel is full of hope, love, determination, and triumph. I definately recommend this book to everyone---especially high school and middle-schoolers. DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THE BLURB OF THIS STORY---READ THE BOOK!!!!IT'S A LOT BETTER THAN IT SOUNDS!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 26, 2004
Too many authors for teens suffer from 'humor imbalance disorder' -- they write either deadly-serious sagas, or shallow-yet-amusing fluff pieces. David Lubar really understands that life, particularly teen life, is bittersweet. _Dunk_ authentically captures both the humor and the sorrow of one young man's passage into adulthood, in a way that will have teens cheering, and adults getting misty-eyed over their own lost youth. A great read for all ages.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 10, 2002
This book is still with me two days after finishing it! It's an ideal title for any high school students, but would be particularly meaningful for students in alternative high-schools, as the topic and the writing are mature and thoughtful, but the vocabulary is not daunting. Bravo!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 17, 2014
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