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Eaglebait
     

Eaglebait

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by Susan Coryell
 

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Wardy Sprinks has been a loser for as long as he can remember. Freshman year in high school Wardy becomes the butt of malicious bullying. But, eventually, Wardy's life begins to change. First a charismatic science teacher becomes his mentor. Then, quiet Meg from biology lab seems friendly. And Big Vi takes on a life of her own. Most importantly, Wardy discovers his

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Wardy Sprinks has been a loser for as long as he can remember. Freshman year in high school Wardy becomes the butt of malicious bullying. But, eventually, Wardy's life begins to change. First a charismatic science teacher becomes his mentor. Then, quiet Meg from biology lab seems friendly. And Big Vi takes on a life of her own. Most importantly, Wardy discovers his attitude makes a difference in how others treat him. If Wardy Sprinks doesn't feel like a loser, maybe he won't be one.

Awards:
NY Public Library "Books for the Teenage"
International Reading Association "YA Choice"

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Overweight, unathletic and friendless, 14-year-old Wardy Spinks is a disappointment to his parents; at school, he is a prime target for taunting remarks and cruel jokes. Only Grandma Lou recognizes Wardy's true potential and encourages him to pursue his interest in science. A dramatic turn of events occurs when Wardy becomes the protege of his charismatic biology teacher. Mr. Guterman builds Wardy's confidence, offers guidance and promises him a bright future. Wardy changes his attitude about life and eventually wins respect. Then Mr. Guterman increases his demands until Wardy feels pressured to devote all his time to science. Consumed by work, more isolated than ever, Wardy begins to question his teacher's motives. Coryell, a teacher herself, reveals some strong opinions about ambition and motivation. Her examination of student-teacher relationships is insightful, yet this first work has its share of awkward moments. Generally, the novel lacks subtlety; teenagers are cast as stereotypes and complicated problems are too quickly and neatly resolved. Ages 12-up. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 6-8-- His name is Wardy Spinks, but he is called ``the Wart'' and picked on unmercifully because he is--for at least a third of this first novel--a total misfit. Wardy is a scientific genius with zero interpersonal skills. He's been given the boot by military school and now he's at his hometown high school in the program for gifted and talented students. A German exchange teacher, Mr. Guterman, turns Wardy around, giving him the confidence and focus that he needs, and soon the misfit and his homemade laser gun are on the way to science notoriety. But the story is more complex than this; with the guidance of his artistic grandmother, Wardy realizes that Guterman is dominating him and, worse, using both Wardy and his mother for personal ends. The message, laid on a bit too heavily, is that people like Grandma Lou, his mother, and a beautiful and brilliant classmate are more important than physics or a moment in the limelight for scientific achievement. Coryell's characters are somewhat overdrawn and it's a little hard to see Wardy transforming himself so tidily and successfully in so few pages. Nonetheless, the pace is good and Eaglebait is a quick, somewhat successful read. --Robert E. Unsworth, Scarsdale Junior High School, NY
School Library Journal - Robert Unsworth
The pace is good and Eaglebait is a quick, successful read.
Booklist - Irene Cooper
Wardy is a multi-dimensional protagonist whose misery, as he tries to find himself, is realistically drawn...will resonate with meaning for students who may have experienced problems with self-acceptance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781450296014
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/25/2011
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,340,213
Product dimensions:
0.44(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Meet the Author

A career educator, Susan Coryell has presented writing workshops and author talks across the country. Now living at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, she writes young adult and new adult cozy mysteries. Eaglebait, her first published novel, is cited by many anti-bullying associations.

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Eaglebait 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JacquelineSeewald More than 1 year ago
Wardy Spinks has reached a low point in his fourteen years of life. He spent the past year at a military academy where he was consistently victimized by bullies. His dismissal would have been a relief if not for the fact that he now has to go to the local high school where bullies Jocko and Jimmo target him. Wardy’s self-esteem is at an all-time low. Even his younger sister Leslie picks on him. His parents are separating and have little  interest in his troubles either. Wardy is fat, ugly, unathletic and wears glasses. He views himself as a misfit. However, Wardy loves science. He has been working on a laser and developing a fuel for it on his own.  The guidance counselor at Evanstown High School believes he is gifted and puts Wardy into g and t classes in spite of his poor grades. He shares biology and Latin with Meg Reilly a shy, pretty girl who becomes his lab partner and friend. Life seems to be improving. Better yet, a dynamic teacher takes over the bio class. Mr. Guterman, a German exchange teacher, recognizes Wardy’s abilities and accepts him as a lab assistant. However, even this creates a problem since the teacher is overbearing and domineering and tries to destroy Wary’s friendship with Meg.  Grandma Lou loves Wardy and helps him with good advice, arranging for him to get contact lenses, and acting as a catalyst to his independence while nurturing his self-confidence and maturity. She even helps him deal with the cyber-bullying he has suffered. I strongly recommend this novel to young adult readers. It is a very positive book while being realistic. The novel catches the reader from the beginning. An excellent read!
Elise_Stokes More than 1 year ago
Wardy Spinks is a fourteen-year-old bully magnet with aspirations of becoming a scientist, but low self-esteem fixes his eyes on his oppressors and not on his dreams. After a candid conversation with his grandmother, Wardy decides to rise above the mocking and feelings of inferiority, which sets him on a path of self-discovery. Susan Coryel creates a very real protagonist who at times I wanted to shake some sense into and at other times wrap in a congratulatory hug. "Eaglebait" is cited by various anti-bullying associations, which caused me to assume bullying would be the crux of this story. I was wrong. This story is about growing up, pursuing your dreams, and learning to prioritize what is truly important in life. I'm very glad this timeless, well-written book is back in print.