Maxie, Rosie, and Earl: Partners in Grime (Geek Chronicles Series #1)

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At first it seems as though Maxie, Rosie, and Earl have nothing in common. Maxie is too smart for his own good, Rosie is a born tattler, and Earl can't stop cracking up when he reads out loud in class. But when all three kids land outside the principal's office in disgrace, they can't help comparing notes.

Just when they think there's no chance of a reprieve, the fire alarm goes off. There's only one thing for three doomed nerds to do -- head ...

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Overview

At first it seems as though Maxie, Rosie, and Earl have nothing in common. Maxie is too smart for his own good, Rosie is a born tattler, and Earl can't stop cracking up when he reads out loud in class. But when all three kids land outside the principal's office in disgrace, they can't help comparing notes.

Just when they think there's no chance of a reprieve, the fire alarm goes off. There's only one thing for three doomed nerds to do -- head straight for the exit doors and dive into the Dumpster!

When their disciplinary meetings with the principal are postponed, three students skip school with humorous results.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Maxie Zuckerman, age 10, is resented by his classmates for receiving top grades, and Maxie resents their resentment. Earl Wilber, new in town, is a lonely, nervous fourth-grader. In another classroom is a habitual tattler, Rosie Swanson. The three meet outside the principal's office (Maxie's guilty of cutting a hole in a bully's T-shirt, Earl is there for refusing to read aloud and Rosie's tattling is rattling her teacher) and embark on an escapade, thus forging a friendship that injects each with a dose of self-confidence. It's evident why these youngsters dislike school (their unreasonable teachers aren't much help), but they get away with some deceptive behavior. A promising premise is almost totally sidetracked here by a threadbare plot, trite dialogue--the author feels that a brief glossary is needed to explain the obscure vocabulary that comprises Maxie's insults--and less-than-appealing characters. While a subtle theme exists about the joys of friendship, any other pluses in this book are difficult to find. Ages 8 - 12. (Apr.)
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Three elementary school misfits, thrown together by chance, find friendship and a bit of maturity in Park's latest effort. Rosie is a chronic tattletale, Maxie is the class brain (and therefore the butt of jokes), while Earl is the nervous newcomer who can't help getting silly in tight spots. All three find themselves waiting on the bench in the principal's office one Friday afternoon and end up cutting school together. A chance fire drill just as they are making their escape forces them to take refuge in the school dumpster (hence the grime); when they are finally able to flee, Earl realizes that the notorious kid-hating janitor has seen them. A weekend of worry and plotting follows, as they try to figure out how to silence Mr. Jim, or perhaps come up with a reasonable explanation to offer the principal on Monday. By the time things are sorted out, the three have become friends, and they have learned a bit about controlling themselves in situations that would formerly have led to trouble. The promising beginning, with a chapter devoted to the events leading up to the meeting in the office, should hook readers, but the story as a whole never quite takes off. The teachers and parents are not terribly understanding--indeed, they often seem a bit dense--but neither are they uncaring. None are fleshed out enough to seem real, however. Maxie, Rosie, and Earl do show some growth, but the process seems forced, and their actions over the weekend of worry even silly. The story is not told with the same skill found in Park's previous novels for a slightly older audience. The basic ingredients are here, but the end product is less than the expected sum of the parts. --Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679806431
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/11/2006
  • Series: Geek Chronicles Series , #1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 7.55 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Park
Barbara Park is one of today's funniest and best-loved writers for middle graders.  Her novels, which include Dear God, HELP!!! Love Earl; Skinnybones; The Kid in the Red Jacket; and Mick Harte Was Here have won numerous children's book awards.  Barbara thinks that the wonderful thing about writing humor is that she is able to deal with serious issues in a more lighthearted way.  Barbara's fans always want to know whether or not her characters are based on her own children (she has two sons) -- in fact, they are not.  But having her sons has made it easier for her to know how kids talk and think.  What matters most to Barbara is that her books are bringing a few smiles to her readers.

Barbara lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona, with her husband, Richard. She holds a B.S. from the University of Alabama.  

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    1. Hometown:
      Scottsdale, Arizona
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 21, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Mt. Holly, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Alabama, 1969
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Dont tap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Great just great. You just unleashed a curs so tjat tomorow a
    trash can lid will fall on your head.then you will get cancer
    and hypothermia so you will die!

    The only way to stop the curse is to dump this recipe in your
    friends tomato soup.this is the recipe i talked about:

    Recipe for disaster:

    Ingredients:
    1 cussing monkey
    2 vibrating rhino skull
    3 pot of revolting slime
    4 smiling gargoyle
    5 talking,exploding,wooden spoon

    How to make it:
    1 stuff cussing monkey into vibrating rhino skull
    2 stuff vibrating rhino skull into the mouth
    of the smiling gargoyle
    3 dump everything into pot of revolting slime
    4 stir with talking,exploding,spoon (if the spoon says
    ooga ooga balooga you have to sart over)


    Good luck with this people!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    HA! HA! HA!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2001

    Maxie, Rosie, and Earl: Partners in Grime

    This book is very good. I have read all of the Geek Chronicles books. I recomend this book to ANYONE! It is one of the best books I've read, and I don't read many good books. I used to hate reading, but Barbara Park has inspired me by her brilliant writing. I hope she writes more Geek Chronicles books for me and others to enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2001

    Maxie, Rosie, and Earl: Partners in Grime

    Barbara Park is amazing! She writes so well! She is my favorite author! She always writes the best books, like my favorite book, Mick Harte Was Here. I recomend this book to ANYONE!!! It is one of the best books I've read, and I don't like very many books, so that's an honor!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2000

    yes!! this book is solid gold....

    This is one of the funniest books i have ever read.it is full of adventure and it is the bomb!! any body 1-100 irecamend this book..

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    Posted February 7, 2010

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