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The Many Troubles of Andy Russell
     

The Many Troubles of Andy Russell

by David A. Adler, Will Hillenbrand (Illustrator)
 

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Meet Andy Russell - an endearing fourth grader who stirs up good-natured mischief without even trying. Boy, does Andy have troubles! His gerbils escaped and are scampering all over the basement. He's late for school and he sure doesn't want to give that boring Ms. Roman another excuse to call his parents. And he planned to ask his parents today if his good friend

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Meet Andy Russell - an endearing fourth grader who stirs up good-natured mischief without even trying. Boy, does Andy have troubles! His gerbils escaped and are scampering all over the basement. He's late for school and he sure doesn't want to give that boring Ms. Roman another excuse to call his parents. And he planned to ask his parents today if his good friend Tamika could live with his family until her parents fully recover from a terrible accident. It is definitely not a good day for gerbil troubles. And when Andy learns that his mother is pregnant, he knows he'll have to do some really fancy footwork if his family is going to make room for Tamika. If gerbils threaten to foul up his plan, his meddlesome sister, Rachel, could make matters even worse. It's a good thing for Andy that he's charming and full of bright ideas. As this first chapter book in a new series unfolds, it's clear the Russell household is in for more trouble - and lots of fun!

David A. Adler has written more than one hundred books, including the popular Cam Jansen mystery series. His book Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man (Gulliver Books, 1997), illustrated by Terry Widener, was named a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book for Nonfiction and was an ALA Notable Book. Mr. Adler lives with his family on Long Island, New York.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Seven of Andy's gerbils have escaped from their cage at home (and his mother hates animals). At school, preoccupied with thoughts of his pets on the loose, the boy offers "China" as the solution to a math problem. And just when he's about to ask his parents if his friend Tamika (whose foster parents are moving away for a year) can come live with the Russell family, he learns that his mother is pregnant. Such are the woes of Andy Russell, whom Adler (author of the Cam Jansen books) introduces in this jaunty novel, the first of a series. Displaying a knack for creating credible characters and amusing dialogue, Adler shapes a cast that youngsters will want to follow up on in future tales. Among them are Tamika, whose birth parents are recovering from a serious car accident; and earnest Bruce, Andy's best friend. Other personalities with potential are Rachel, Andy's snippy older sister, who condescendingly refers to his pets as "mice"; and Stacy Ann, the class brown-noser who corrects Andy's wrong answers "in her best I-know-and-you-don't tone." Though the hero manages to solve his problems this time, it won't be long before he next hits hot water. Readers will likely be standing by when he does. Ages 7-10. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Andy Russell has problems. As is usually the case in this type of novel, many of these problems are self-inflicted, and worsened by his reluctance to tell his parents the truth. First, his gerbils get loose. He daydreams at school. He wants his friend Tamika to move in with the family. These stories are usually a mad dash from situation to situation, with a neat resolution once the protagonist 'fesses up at the end. This novel, however, plods from situation to situation. I didn't become engaged with Andy's struggles. I couldn't understand why he wanted Tamika to move in-most fourth grade boys will have nothing to do with girls, nonetheless ask them to join their family. Their friendship was not well developed, and it seemed gratuitous that Tamika is black, with seriously injured parents. This is the first in a promised series, so perhaps Andy will hit his stride in future tales.
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4

Fourth grader Andy Russell always seems to get into trouble: he doesn't pay attention in class, his gerbils escape, and he irritates his older sister. On top of all that, his mother is pregnant and he wants his friend Timeka to come live with his family because her foster parents are moving to South America. Youngsters will enjoy David A. Adler's fast-paced, humorous story (Gulliver Books, 1998), the first in a series about Andy, ably narrated by Oliver Wyman.-Ann Elders, Mark Twain Elementary School, Federal Way, WA

From the Publisher

"Adler shapes a cast that youngsters will want to follow." --Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152019006
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/09/1999
Series:
Andy Russell Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.02(w) x 7.51(h) x 0.49(d)
Lexile:
570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author


DAVID ADLER has written more than a hundred books, including Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man and Mama Played Baseball. He lives on Long Island, New York. 

WILL HILLENBRAND has written and illustrated many award-winning picture books, including The House That Drac Built by Judy Sierra and his own Down by the Station. He lives in Terrace Park, Ohio.

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