Eaglebaitby Susan Coryell
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
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.
NY Public Library "Books for the Teenage"
International Reading Association "YA Choice"
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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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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!
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.