My Life as a Stuntboy

My Life as a Stuntboy

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by Janet Tashjian, Jake Tashjian
     
 

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Derek Fallon gets the opportunity of a lifetime—to be a stunt boy in a major movie featuring a pretty teen starlet. After accepting the job he learns that he is the star's stunt double and must wear a wig! His friends are never going to let him live this down. If that weren't his only problem, his parents are threatening to give away his pet monkey, and his

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Derek Fallon gets the opportunity of a lifetime—to be a stunt boy in a major movie featuring a pretty teen starlet. After accepting the job he learns that he is the star's stunt double and must wear a wig! His friends are never going to let him live this down. If that weren't his only problem, his parents are threatening to give away his pet monkey, and his best friend just posted an embarrassing video of him on Youtube. Can life get any worse? Still the irrepressible Derek takes it all in stride and even manages to save the day.

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“A fast-moving plot and relatable protagonist make this stand-alone sequel a good choice for boys who, like Derek, would rather reach for a TV remote or game controller than a book.” —School Library Journal

“Fans of the first will be utterly delighted by this sequel and anxious to see what Jake will turn up as next.” —BCCB

“This is a great package for kids, especially those like Derek who don't think they like to read.” —Booklist

“Another fun, emotionally resonant read for the Wimpy Kid set and beyond.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Will thrill young readers.” —Children's Literature

Children's Literature - Miranda McClain
Getting through middle school unscathed is a feat for any kid but when one adds holding down a job as a stunt double and taking care of a monkey, not to mention struggling with a learning disability, to the typical hazards of homework, bullies, and puppy love it may seem impossible. However, Derek has good friends, his best friend Matt, the actress Tanya Billings, and Carly, who surprises Derek by coming through when others don't, to help get him out of some pretty tough jams, such as rescuing his kidnapped monkey. And while at times Matt seems more like an enemy than a best friend, such as when he teams up with the class bully to broadcast Derek's reading troubles on the Internet due to his jealousy over Derek's sudden fame, he comes through in the end. The illustrated vocabulary words give the book a Diary of a Wimpy Kid feel and add humorous appeal and the stunts that would make any parent cringe will thrill young readers. Reviewer: Miranda McClain
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Twelve-year-old Derek Fallon, from My Life as a Book (Holt, 2010), returns to face another school year and the dreaded task of reading. However, there are some bright spots in his days, including Frank, his capuchin monkey; his best friend, Matt; and the sport of parkour, which uses climbing, jumping, and running to get around obstacles. The boys' friendship is tested when Derek's parkour skills attract the interest of a Hollywood stuntman. Derek is ecstatic when he gets hired to be a "stuntboy," but shocked when he discovers that he's the double for a popular teen actress-and a pretty one, too. After his monkey is stolen, he needs all his friends and parkour skills to help with the rescue. Likely intended for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Abrams, 2007) crowd, this book won't disappoint Greg Heffley's fans, even if Tashjian's humor is milder than Kinney's sharp wit. The details about parkour and a behind-the-scenes peek at filmmaking add interesting information. Stick-figure illustrations cleverly show Derek's practice of drawing his vocabulary words, e.g., the sketch for "analyze" has a stick figure boy scratching his head while staring at a blackboard. They add depth when depicting words readers may find unfamiliar, such as "heinous" and "reverie." However, a great number of them ("gymnasium," "nerdy") need no explanation and are simply humorous. A fast-moving plot and relatable protagonist make this stand-alone sequel a good choice for boys who, like Derek, would rather reach for a TV remote or game controller than a book.—M. Kozikowski, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY
Kirkus Reviews

In this satisfying stand-alone companion toMy Life as a Book(2010), 12-year-old Derek Fallon thinks landing a job as stuntboy for megastar Tanya Billings must be as good as it gets.

After all, the infamously reluctant reader had finally found his niche! The plot, however, thickens: "This morning I was on a movie set doing stunts, talking to a movie star. By the end of the day, my best friend's making fun of me, I have a homework tutor, and my mother's going to cut open my adopted monkey to retrieve my horse. How do these things happen?" As Derek's well-meaning parents tirelessly engage in what sound like rehearsed "teacher moments," their son realistically vacillates between self-doubt and boyish bravado—all in a dry, funny first-person voice. Derek's Yoda-like parkour/stunt coach Tony also has many life lessons for the stuntboy, such as "Parkour is about making your way around obstacles." The family's foster capuchin monkey Frank provides a hairy subplot, as does Derek's nagging worry about losing his best friend Matt, suddenly jealous about Derek's newfound fame. The generous margins are filled with Derek's often quite clever stick-figure cartoons illustrating vocabulary words such as "flabbergasted" and "camouflage"—all rendered by the author's teenage son.

Another fun, emotionally resonant read for the Wimpy Kid set and beyond.(Fiction. 9-14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466822900
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
10/11/2011
Series:
My Life Series
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
454,249
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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My Life as a Stuntboy
 
 
Help!THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IS always the worst day of the year. It's like some crazy surgeon throws you on an operating table and removes a major organ from your chest called summer. He doesn't realize how much a kid needs that organ, as much as a liver or a spleen.I feel almost bruised being back at school, and I haven't even made itto class yet. Maybe if I go to the nurse, she'll take pity on me and hook me up to an emergency life support system. But before I can make any last wishes, my friend Matt punches me in the arm and jolts me back from my daytime nightmare."This year definitely won't be as bad as the others." Matt realizes the price tag is hanging from the sleeve of his shirt so he yanks it off as we talk.When we found out we would have Mr. Maroni this year, Matt and I were almost excited about school."It'll be great to finally have a guy teacher--I've never had one." I imagine a school filled with male teachers, couches, potato chips, and flat-screen TVs.Matt shakes me from my reverieby making a buzzing noise like they use on game shows to get rid of a losing contestant. "They just announced that Mr. Maroni's father died two days ago, and Mr. Maroni is moving to Cincinnati to take care of his mother.""WHAT?" The first day of school is bad enough without getting hit with a massive curveball while you're still at your locker."Want to know who we have instead?" Matt asks.I can't even begin to guess who'll be the master of my universe this year."Ms. McCuddles."It's not that I dislike Ms. McCoddle--she's nice, young, and has super-blond hair--but Matt and I had her way back in kindergarten,and even though we're totally grown up now, she still thinks of us as kids. It was fine when we were five and she told us to call her Ms. McCuddles and hugged us when we fell during recess, but now we're almost embarrassed when we see her in the hall.I try to analyze our new situation. "Option one--Ms. McCoddle is easy on us since she's used to dealing with little kids, and we won't have to plug in our brains all year."Matt offers a different opinion. "Option two--she tries to make up for being a kindergarten teacher by being super hard on us.""The one year we're supposed to get a guy teacher--figures something would happen to mess it up."Our worst fears are realized when Ms. McCoddle walks by. "Derek! Matt! Did you hear the good news?"We look down at our sneakers and nod."I'm setting up the mats and juice boxes now. Want to help?"Matt and I stare at her like she's just asked us to run over the principal with our skateboards.Ms. McCoddle laughs so hard, she snorts. "I'm kidding! We're starting right in on the Civil War. Get ready for some fierce discussion."We watch her walk down the hall with a feeling of dread."Option two is officially in effect," Matt says.I barely hear him because I'm halfway down the hall, looking for the janitor, hoping he'll agree to knock me on the head with a mallet to put me out of my misery.Henry Holt® is a registered trademark of Henry Holt and Company, LLC. Text copyright © 2011 by Janet Tashjian Illustrations copyright © 2011 by Jake Tashjian

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Meet the Author

Janet Tashjian is the author of acclaimed books for young adults, including The Gospel According to Larry, Vote for Larry, Fault Line, Multiple Choice and My Life as a Book. Disney adapted Tru Confessions into a television movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. Tashjian studied at the University of Rhode Island and Emerson College. She lives in California with her family.


Janet Tashjian is a middle-grade and young adult novelist who’s been writing books for children for fifteen years. Her first novel 'Tru Confessions' was made into a critically acclaimed Disney TV movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. 'The Gospel According to Larry' series is a cult favorite and 'Fault Line' is taught in many middle and high schools. Her novels 'My Life As a Book,' 'My Life As a Stuntboy,' and 'My Life As a Cartoonist' are all illustrated by her teenage son, Jake. Their collaboration continues with a new series, 'Einstein the Class Hamster.'





Janet has been doing school visits for fifteen years; you can email her for details.



You can follow her on Twitter and like her books on Facebook, and check out her YouTube Channel.


Jake Tashjian is a teenage illustrator of middle grade children's books. He has illustrated My Life As a Book and My Life As a Stuntboy, as well as My Life As a Cartoonist and Einstein the Class Hamster. He collaborates on his novels with his mother, the author Janet Tashjian. He has a video blog entitled Notes From the Panic Room at their My Life as a Book website. He films all of the segments then edits the vlogs in IMovie.



When Jake was in elementary school, he used to draw his vocabulary words on index cards. This later became the inspiration for the main character, Derek, in the My Life As A..series.



Jake grew up in Needham, Massachusetts and currently lives in Los Angeles where he attends Fusion Academy. He is an avid surfer and film aficionado.

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My Life As a Stuntboy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Before you read this book read My Life as a Book (Book 1). This book is a comic put into words.The book is about a boy named Derek that goes in a movie and he is the stunt person. You will learn what some words mean by looking at the pictures. Very funny story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my new favorite book! The character is just like me because he has a hard time reading. I hate to read but read this book in a day!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the sequel to My Life As A Book. In this one Derek - a skateboarding twelve year old who hates to read - gets discovered by a Hollywood stunt coordinator and gets a job as a stunt boy in a big kid's movie. The book is very popular with my students because it's funny and action-packed and the drawings on each page give lots of visual support. Not only good for the Wimpy Kid readers, but others too. I would definitely recommend this to any school library or 3rd through 6th grade classroom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG! I love this book! It is a book about a reluctant reader who gets an oppurtunity of a lifetime: to be a stuntboy for a big actor. If anbody who is looking for a book with lots of humor, little stick figures, and a amazing storyline, My Life as a Stuntboy, is for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome drawings dude-the slender man?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recently picked up this book and it's prequel My Life As A Book for my son, who definitely falls into the "reluctant reader" category. Although he's rarely found reading a chapter book, he devoured both. He can't wait until the next one comes out!
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Anonymous 12 months ago
Gooey pizza cake and horse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a good book.Doctvvtvt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss yur hand 3 times and post this at 3 oter books look under your pillo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read both books and loved them both but i love this book better.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you Janet!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have not read My Life as a Book you should read it these are the best books i have ever read
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Tis book is really good. I also like how derek draws out pictures for his vocab
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And LOVED it so i hope this ones good
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Awesome book
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