The Fat Boy Chronicles

The Fat Boy Chronicles

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by Diane Lang
     
 

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It's bad enough being the new kid, but as a freshman, Jimmy finds school less enjoyable than many of his classmates. Standing 5'5" and weighing 187 pounds, he's subjected to a daily barrage of taunts and torments. His only sources of comfort are his family, his youth group, and his favorite foods. When his English teacher assigns a journal as a writing project, Jimmy

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It's bad enough being the new kid, but as a freshman, Jimmy finds school less enjoyable than many of his classmates. Standing 5'5" and weighing 187 pounds, he's subjected to a daily barrage of taunts and torments. His only sources of comfort are his family, his youth group, and his favorite foods. When his English teacher assigns a journal as a writing project, Jimmy chronicles not only his struggles but also his aspirations - to lose weight and win the girl of his dreams. Inspired by a true story and told in first-person journal entries, The Fat Boy Chronicles brings to life the pain and isolation felt by many overweight teenagers as they try to find their way in a world obsessed with outward beauty.

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School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—At 5 feet, 5 inches and almost 200 pounds by the time he turns 15, Jimmy Winterpock suffers every kind of indignity imaginable from classmates who think of him as less than a person. Jimmy's adolescent point of view, delivered in journal form, is most authentic when describing life's lows (his tormentors) and highs (the support he gets from his family and youth group). However, between those accounts are cracks in the teen voice and message-driven statements such as, "I looked up causes of obesity online, and one site talked about hydrogenated oils and trans fat, and how they weren't in foods until the 70s. Now they're in almost everything we eat, and that's why there's so much obesity." Additionally distracting are the side plots in which Jimmy's only friend, verbally abused when not being neglected, becomes obsessed with a local murder and Jimmy's crush turns out to be a cutter. These serious psychological problems detract from the dramatic changes the teen decides to make in his own life, reducing him to a tragedy magnet instead of allowing his story to soar.—Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781133485261
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
11/12/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
735,026
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 - 16 Years

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The Fat Boy Chronicles 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
THE FAT BOY CHRONICLES is inspired by a true story. 14-year-old Jimmy has to write a diary about his life for English class. He reluctantly does this, even though he thinks it is lame, but soon opens up about his struggles: being at a new school, and constantly and cruelly being teased for being overweight. Jimmy and his best friend, Paul, drift apart when Paul becomes overwhelmed by family problems and obsessed with proving his neighbor is the man who murdered a girl in their town. Jimmy's popular sister can eat anything she wants and stay thin. He has a crush on Whitney, who is nice to him but won't acknowledge she knows him in front of others. Frustrated by his life, Jimmy goes on a diet and exercises and starts to lose weight - and finds his new look changes his old outlook on life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie was boring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is trying to teach that outward beauty doesnt matter but since in the end he loses weight and only then hes happy it makes overweight people think that they will only be happy if they lose weight also. Just my opinion†
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie on netflix... did not realize it was a book inspiration for hefty people...i never been the fat kid in my life..yes I was the popular kid in high school I made fun of the popular kids than unpopular people... otherwise great book So book recommended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They made a movie....get it on redbox!!!!!! ITS AWESOME!!!!!
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
The Fat Boy Chronicles is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. . Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a 14 year old boy who had the same problemsashim and i was bullied alot now wherei live i got the schoolboard to take bullying sereace and try to put a stop to it i love this book and would recomed it to any one i say it changed my life.
KingThomas More than 1 year ago
Good book. The author, Micheal Buchanan came to my school, and my friend Cristina was an extra in his movie, shot in Newnan. The vocabulary was weak, but alltogether it was a good book with good plot. I have a signed copy!