I'm Being Stalked by a Moonshadow

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Seth is determined to make Miranda his girlfriend, but he is going to need some very good advice. Miranda has fantastic green eyes and really good muscles and a jealous ex-boyfriend who throws people into rivers. As for Miranda's father, he makes the ex-boyfriend look like a saint. Seth would also like to save his parents' marriage and write a brilliant play. To meet his goals, Seth finds that the best advice comes from a teen magazine called Dolly. In this latest comical novel from popular Australian writer Doug...

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Overview

Seth is determined to make Miranda his girlfriend, but he is going to need some very good advice. Miranda has fantastic green eyes and really good muscles and a jealous ex-boyfriend who throws people into rivers. As for Miranda's father, he makes the ex-boyfriend look like a saint. Seth would also like to save his parents' marriage and write a brilliant play. To meet his goals, Seth finds that the best advice comes from a teen magazine called Dolly. In this latest comical novel from popular Australian writer Doug MacLeod, teenage protagonist Seth Parrot relates the hilarious trials of his family and his own bizarre attempts to court Miranda. Dealing with a melodramatic younger brother, a housing inspector bent on destroying the Parrot home, and a gardener who would prefer all flowers dead, Seth navigates his way into Miranda's heart.

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* "With a fresh voice, sensitivity, dead-pan humor and myriad odd facts that he weaves into the story, Seth is irresistible. Would that more of MacLeod's charm and humor crosses the ocean." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Seth's deadpan delivery of sometimes screamingly funny, sometimes mildly witty, and sometimes thoughtful way-homer quips, observations, and anecdotes is the gas that makes this Australian story go." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"A prescription for comic relief, this book encourages teens to step back and laugh at their own situations." --Library Media Connection

Children's Literature
Seth Parrot is having a rough life. His rather odd parents insist that building a house out of manure bricks is good for both insulation and the environment. His brother Jack looks like a model and has tons of girlfriends. Seth is going through an awkward phase, which is not going to help him attract the sort of girlfriend he wants, with big muscles. Then Seth meets Miranda. They are both at the local rec center when he sees her. He is taking a drama class, and she is in kickboxing (and has the requisite muscles). Miranda seems to be attracted to Seth in spite of his weird hair and the random facts he spouts when nervous. Things are definitely looking up, until Seth’s dad and the neighborhood environmental health officer start a fight and begin pulling mean pranks on each other. The turf war starts to affect the whole family. Seth’s mom wants her husband to stop the antagonism, and Seth discovers that the girl of his dreams is the daughter of his father’s arch-nemesis! Can Seth and Miranda have a successful relationship in spite of the bad feelings between their families? Even more concerning, will Seth’s parents’ marriage survive the stress of the turf war? Told in a refreshing, hilarious and quirky voice, readers will root for Seth Parrot all the way to the end. The author includes a note on Australian slang. Reviewer: Gwen Vanderhage
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This charmingly funny Australian comedy stars an offbeat teenage boy, his kooky hippie family, and other wacky small-town characters. Seth Parrot's family's feud with a straitlaced city environmental-health officer escalates while a romance burgeons between Seth and the man's muscular daughter, Miranda. Seth is an unassumingly innocent character whose lack of artifice brings a lighthearted humor to his voice and dialogue. The narration is well paced, keeping readers moving through the never-ending silliness of the boy-gets-girl plot and the many subplots. The Parrots' absurd behavior, such as the running gag of the dad peeing on the lemon tree in their yard or the little brother's overpowering vanity, never lets up. The rest of the town follows suit with their own stereotypes; only Miranda's character is fleshed out enough to stand on her own. Unfortunately, the hippie jokes and various plot contrivances will be funniest to those of a previous generation; the title, for example, refers to Seth's parents' enjoyment of Cat Stevens's 1971 classic song "Moonshadow." An enjoyable read, though, for general purchase.
—Rhona CampbellCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
While not a girl-magnet like his melodramatic younger brother, budding playwright Seth Parrot, a 14-year-old Australian, leads a content life until his "alternative" parents build their dream home, literally, out of mud bricks. They "render" it with a coating of manure, bringing out the no-nonsense senior environmental-health officer and town councilor, Mr. Raven. Seth's father accidentally (although this is questionable) flicks manure at Mr. Raven, starting a bitter war between the families. Seth also worries about his overly amorous parents' sudden lack of interest in each other and that he'll never find a woman as fine as Opal Honey, the muscular Ms. Olympia bronze medalist. Then he meets the toned kickboxing student, Miranda, at the Shared Learning Center his mother runs. When the teen discovers that Miranda is Mr. Raven's daughter and Miranda's father discovers who his daughter is dating, the battle escalates until the star-crossed couple, a wacky band of concerned citizens and Seth's father intervene. With a fresh voice, sensitivity, dead-pan humor and myriad odd facts that he weaves into the story, Seth is irresistible. Would that more of MacLeod's charm and humor crosses the ocean. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590785010
  • Publisher: Highlights Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Pages: 212
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Doug MacLeod is a TV writer and producer in Australia. He has also written a number of popular children's books, including the award-winning Sister Madge's Book of Nuns and the acclaimed teenage novel Tumble Turn. I'm Being Stalked by a Moonshadow was published in Australia in 2006. His absurd verse and bizarre stories have made him the most consistently anthologized Australian children's writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2008

    I don't remember romantic angst being so funny.

    Blood feuds generally start over something relatively insignificant, like, say, a trowel full of manure casually spattered upon a perfectly pressed trouser. As Seth Parrott discovers, that poorly placed spatter could cost his family their home, their father¿s job, his mother¿s job, his parent¿s marriage and his own love life. In an irreverently witty narrative we are taken through the turbulence of one-upmanship with the conclusion that perhaps true love does conquer all. This was an thoroughly enjoyable book¿one that both young men and young women will enjoy. While there may be some parallels between Romeo and Juliet or even some discussion about bullying, mainly this is just a fun read.

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