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Sammy Carducci's Guide to Women

Sammy Carducci's Guide to Women

by Ronald Kidd

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Depicted as a lovable eccentric, Sammy is a diminutive sixth-grader who attends school wearing a suit and tie and a pair of black high-top sneakers. Deciding that it's time to find a girlfriend, he sets his sights on Becky, a tall, well-developed classmate. For his courtship techniques, Sammy relies on what he has gleaned from his suave older brother; for some reason, Becky is charmed. The course of true love runs smoothly until Becky goes on a nearly disastrous date with a high school boy. This novel is not recommended for those with a low tolerance for glib dialogue. The lackluster boy-meets-girl plot is unsuccessfully embellished with frantic slapstick. Readers are likely to tire of the condescension with which the author and many of his characters treat the protagonist. Ages 8-12. (Dec.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-- Sammy Carducci is a super-slick sixth grader who wears a suit to school and puts the moves on the class beauty, Becky Davidson. Through a successful use of alternating chapters, they tell the story of their romance. Sammy's chapters involve his over-zealous efforts to impress Becky. (Of course, being a sixth grader, he faces the difficulties of pursuing a girl who tops him in height and maturity). In Becky's narration, readers get her bemused view of the eccentric Sammy. The characters are not always believable, nor are some of the situations they find themselves in completely realistic. However, plausibility is not the stuff of which comedies are made, and the funny scenarios and sharp one-liners give the book instant appeal. --Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 5.08(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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