Losing Itby Erin Fry
Bennett Robinson loves baseball, especially watching Dodgers games with his dad while munching on burgers and friesthe perfect “game food.” Baseball even helped Bennett and his dad cope with his mom’s death from cancer. But there’s no way Bennett could ever play baseball. Bennett is fat, the kind of fat that gives you belly button sweat… See more details below
Bennett Robinson loves baseball, especially watching Dodgers games with his dad while munching on burgers and friesthe perfect “game food.” Baseball even helped Bennett and his dad cope with his mom’s death from cancer. But there’s no way Bennett could ever play baseball. Bennett is fat, the kind of fat that gives you belly button sweat stains and makes it tough to get off a sagging couch. But on one perfect, baseball-watching day, everything changes. Bennett’s dad is taken away on a stretcher, and Bennett doesn’t know if he will live or die. Now Bennett has to move in with know-it-all Aunt Laura, who’s making it her personal mission to Get Bennett Healthyand take over his life. It’s time for Bennett to step up to the plate. Because maybe there are some things he can do…like talk to a girl, run a mile, and maybe even save his own life. Erin Fry explores the issue of obesity with heart, depth, and humor in this unforgettable debut novel.
- Amazon Childrens Publishing
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
- Age Range:
- 10 - 14 Years
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Every once in a while you come across a book this good... Losing It is the story of a young boy who shares his dad's passion for baseball and junk food. But when his father suffers a stroke, Bennett is forced to move in with his aunt and her family. Bennett resents his situation almost as much as he resents his meddling aunt and her health-nut-tendencies. But he soon comes to realize that his poor eating habits, paired with his aversion to exercise, will not help him to live a happy and productive life. Genuine characters bring this story to life as young Bennett learns to find his inner strength along with the drive to succeed in ways he never dreamed were possible. You'll find yourself cheering for the "fat boy" as this unlikely hero conquers his weaknesses and fears and learns that sometimes it's OK to come in last. Author, Erin Fry, has succeeded in creating a truly magnificent work of youth fiction. Losing It is a triumph and a must-read for young audiences!
Losing It was fun and inspiring to read. My middle grader read it before me and absolutely loved it. Why kids will love it - Bennett is a great protagonist. He's a normal boy who has the same feelings and wishes that other kids do. What Bennett has to deal with is being overweight and not ending up like his dad. He also has to deal with friendship issues, girls and living with his aunt and her family and making some changes. All of these are situations many middle-graders also work through and they can be tough. Reading how Bennett survives the changes and readjusts to a new way of living is so inspiring. A very positive book! What I learned as a writer - Being honest and not sugar-coating situations is the way to go. Erin Fry really keeps things realistic and doesn't try to add too much to make the story sell. It feels very in touch with this age group.