My Homework Ate My Homework

My Homework Ate My Homework

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by Patrick Jennings
     
 

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Math is not ten-year-old Zaritza's best subject. When her teacher, Mr. Phinney, offers extra credit to whomever takes the class ferret, Bandito, home over the weekend, she jumps at the opportunity.

Unfortunately, taking care of this particular animal is as boring as school itself. All it does is eat, sleep, and lick itself. So when Zaritza accidentally leaves…  See more details below

Overview

Math is not ten-year-old Zaritza's best subject. When her teacher, Mr. Phinney, offers extra credit to whomever takes the class ferret, Bandito, home over the weekend, she jumps at the opportunity.

Unfortunately, taking care of this particular animal is as boring as school itself. All it does is eat, sleep, and lick itself. So when Zaritza accidentally leaves Bandito's cage open and the ferret goes missing, she blames everyone else, including her three-year-old sister. And her excuses get bigger and bigger.

But when her mom finds out that there is a ferret on the loose, Zaritza better find her class pet fast!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Zaritza, 11, is trying to earn extra credit and solve her school problems by turning in her missing math assignments and taking care of the class pet, a fuzzy ferret, over winter break. Unfortunately, Zaritza thinks Bandito is boring, smelly, and too noisy. She is more interested in preparing for the starring role in the school play, but she can't perform in it unless she catches up on her homework. Under her watch, Bandito escapes, creating chaos around the house and eating much more than just Zaritza's math homework. Her imagination runs wild with dramatic flair as she comes up with assorted reasons why she cannot complete her assignment. When it comes time to be part of the class play, the experience is not exactly what the aspiring thespian had in mind. Throughout the story, Zaritza's mom continues to push the lesson of responsibility and consequences for your actions. An amusing family and school story with clever chapter titles, most beginning with "My Homework Ate–."—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga Public Library System, OH
Kirkus Reviews
An amusing, fast-paced tale about an irrepressible drama queen who has to cope when she doesn't get the starring role in the class play. Zaritza Dalrymple, 11, wants nothing more than to be an actress. So naturally, she's thrilled about the upcoming visit of a theater troupe that will be helping her class stage a production of Calamity Jane. But to be allowed to participate, Zaritza must hand in her math homework assignments, which means she actually has to do them, an option she had barely considered. When she gets this show-stopping news, Zaritza immediately leaps into action, first telling her teacher the class ferret ate it, then trying to copy her friend's homework, then attempting to con her shy, supersmart classmate, Eden Sumarta, into doing it for her. Alas, all ruses fail. Not only that, but the introverted Eden, a girl who never projected past the footlights in her life, is cast as Jane. After some guilt tripping from her parents, Zaritza, who initially would have liked to break Eden's leg, begins helping her. The girls develop an unlikely alliance, and much to her surprise, Zaritza begins to root for her success. The climactic performance is suspenseful fun, and Zaritza, who becomes more appealing as the novel progresses, even learns a life lesson or two. Humorous, enjoyable and light. (Fiction. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606842881
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Series:
Fiction - Middle Grade
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Lexile:
590L (what's this?)
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Patrick Jennings blasted onto the children's book scene with his critically acclaimed Faith and the Electric Dogs, which received numerous starred reviews and is now in film development. Known for his wide range of topics and styles, Jennings is the author of the recent We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes, The Wolving Time, and The Beastly Arms. He has turned his focus to writing funny, easily accessible stories that will appeal to middle-schoolers, includ­ing his recent Egmont releases Guinea Dog, Lucky Cap, and Invasion of the Dognappers. A former resi­dent of Bisbee, Arizona, Jennings now lives in Washington State. You can visit him at www.patrickjennings.com.

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