Mostly Michael

Mostly Michael

by Robert Kimmel Smith
     
 

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Before the Wimpy Kid, there was Michael.

When Michael Marder receives a diary for his eleventh birthday he's disappointed. What a dumb present! But as he starts to write in it, Michael comes to like his diary very much. It's the one place where he can put down his private feelings. Gradually his feelings begin to change and Michael discovers a love for his…  See more details below

Overview

Before the Wimpy Kid, there was Michael.

When Michael Marder receives a diary for his eleventh birthday he's disappointed. What a dumb present! But as he starts to write in it, Michael comes to like his diary very much. It's the one place where he can put down his private feelings. Gradually his feelings begin to change and Michael discovers a love for his family he never felt before!

But the biggest change is yet to come!

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
"In this diary of the 11th year of his young protagonist, Smith shows a rare understanding of the process of growing up, bound up as it is in self-image and self awareness."

"This is realistic and touching: a believable portrait. Michael is not always likable, and he knows it, but he does keep trying, making the reader stay with him and, more important, care about him."
School Library Journal
"Readers do see Michael mature a bit: he begins to realize his responsibilities and he comes to appreciate the role his parents play in his life. Some readers may enjoy, and profit from, the recognition of themselves and their problems in Michael's well-kept and well-written account."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014810562
Publisher:
Harold Ober Associates Incorporated
Publication date:
08/22/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
612 KB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Robert Kimmel Smith began dreaming of becoming a writer at the age of eight, when he spent three months in bed reading while recovering from rheumatic fever. In 1970 he became a full-time writer; his first children's book, CHOCOLATE FEVER, was published in 1972 and won 11 State Reading Awards including the William Allen White Award and the California Young Reader Medal. Robert Kimmel Smith is the recipient of the New York Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature for the body of his work.

His other works for young readers include JELLY BELLY and THE WAR WITH GRANDPA. He started writing stories for young readers "by accident". He told his daughter bed-time stories and then he wrote them. That led to his first book CHOCOLATE FEVER. JELLY BELLY refers to his own life when he was the fattest kid in school.

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