Hold the Pickles

Hold the Pickles

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by Vicki Grant
     
 

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Dan Hogg is thrilled when his uncle offers him some work at a food fair, because he wants money to hire a professional trainer to help him with his scrawny physique. His excitement vanishes when he learns that the job is dressing up in a hotdog costume and handing out samples. Every dark cloud has its lining, Dan discovers, when he, or rather Frank Lee Better, his

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Dan Hogg is thrilled when his uncle offers him some work at a food fair, because he wants money to hire a professional trainer to help him with his scrawny physique. His excitement vanishes when he learns that the job is dressing up in a hotdog costume and handing out samples. Every dark cloud has its lining, Dan discovers, when he, or rather Frank Lee Better, his mascot persona, gains the attention of a pretty girl named Brooke. The attention is great until Dan finds himself under attack from Cupcake Katie and a mysterious guy with a strange interest in Brooke. It's not until he's huddling in a bathroom in his tight white underwear that Dan begins to suspect Brooke's attention might be too good to be true.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
"Filled with gross-out details of snot and slime, as well as simple wordplay, this short novel in the Orca Currents series for reluctant readers combines everyday scenarios with a clever mystery that ends with a surprising revelation."
CM Magazine
"A funny novel about a less-than-cool kid, provides a worthy option for reluctant readers looking for a light but entertaining story. Dan is a very fun character, and he's easy to relate to... He is a likeable 'everyguy' who is just trying to get through regular life while keeping his integrity."
CanLit for Little Canadians
"Grant is the 'it' author for YA humour of the real world. She doesn't use supernatural elements or expect the reader to suspend belief. And she never condescends to the reader or her characters. She is frank (not furter) and empowers her characters to be bona fide teens, with many positive attributes, as well as a few foibles. Her stories are funny because they could be the anecdotes of some poor teen. In fact, I'm sure that somewhere a reader is remembering a similar incident to one from Hold the Pickles and laughing hysterically...There are many teens, most especially reluctant readers, who appreciate the hi-lo nature of the Orca Currents series: compelling characters, uncomplicated vocabulary, and contemporary plots in a short read. But it's Vicki Grant's comic stylings that make Hold the Pickles an exceptional Orca Current book, as it elicits numerous laughs embellishing on the dilemmas of youth."
Library Media Connection
"The plot is engaging and the action is fast-paced; students will identify with the characters and issues. Grant effectively uses a less complex sentence structure and vocabulary to explore a contemporary topic in an entertaining, yet thought-provoking style. The book's small size and limited number of pages will definitely appeal to reluctant readers."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"A fun and light story...[with] lots of silly and embarrassing humor."
Children's Literature - Janice DeLong
When fifteen-year-old Dan Hogg is offered a job for a day by his Uncle Hammy that involves wearing a six-foot hot dog and hawking the wares of healthy fiber "dogs," the boy is less than enthusiastic. However, for money and free food, he consents. Little does Dan realize that he will have to strip down to his "tighty-whities" to put on the costume and walk around bellowing the benefits of the food while having to look out through the mouth, instead of being able to poke food in. The bright spot in his morning seems to be the attention of Brooke-the-beautiful who appears to find Dan's job fascinating. As the day wears on and Dan wears out, tensions mount as he encounters a strangely gruff customer who seems to be stalking Brooke, a threatening cupcake, and the rumor that pickpockets are abroad. If those conditions are not desperate enough, Dan suddenly finds himself stripped of his "cover" and desperate to catch the criminals. This title is Grant's second featuring Dan Hogg, the less than cool, more than average hero. It is also part of the Orca "Currents" series of high interest books for reluctant readers. Reviewer: Janice DeLong

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554699209
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2012
Series:
Orca Currents Series
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
1,248,523
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
HL580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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I stripped down to my tighty-whities, and Hammy slammed the hotdog over my head before I could change my mind.

Meet the Author

Vicki Grant left her career in advertising and television to write her first novel, The Puppet Wrangler, in 2004. She enjoys writing for young adults, with a particular interest in reluctant readers. Vicki's books have gone on to win many awards, including the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award in 2006. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband and three children. More information is available at www.vickigrant.com.

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Hold the Pickles 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
Dan's uncle didn't tell him the entire story when he said Dan could work in his hotdog stand. Dan is not happy to learn that he will be dressed in only his tighty-whities and a hot dog costume, handing out samples. Hilarity ensues when the costume rips and Dan ends up hiding in the bathroom, soon to be wrapped in toilet paper. The attentions of a cute girl balance out the meanies who taunt Dan. And who the heck is the pickpocket? Another hi-low selection in the Orca Currents series. Teen boys in particular will enjoy the humor. Thanks to Puget Sound Council for the review copy.