The Schernoff Discoveriesby Gary Paulsen
Harold Schernoff, 14-year-old science whiz and social nerd, has a theory for every problem, from dating, to bullies, to making money, to sports, to how to buy a car when you're underage. When he and his buddy team up to put his theories to the test, nothing goes according to plan. A ski lesson becomes: Mass x Acceleration x Slope of hill = eeeAAGGHHH. As for first dates, only Harold could mastermind such disaster. Only Harold could go fishing and get caught by the fish. And only Gary Paulsen could write such a wonderfully funny story of friendship.
The never-named narrator, whom readers are led to believe is Paulsen himself, is a nerd just like his friend, Harold Schernoff; together they are "easily the most unpopular boys" in their junior high. But if Harold is a brainy geek, with theories about everything from girls to fishing to bullies, the narrator operates under a somewhat dimmer star, willing to help Harold test his theories and come up with results that are just short of disastrous. Under Harold's leadership they find a surefire way to meet girlsby enrolling in home economicsuntil the football team finds out and Harold has a bigger problem to solve. Other adventures involve skiing and fishingspectacular failures; the job they get as pinsetters in a local bowling alley results in one of the funniest episodes in the book and, incidentally, leads to the narrator's small triumph over the bully Dick Chimmer. It's all flat-out goofy and great fun, as well as an inspiring story of shared experiences that, weird as they are, form the basis of a strong and affectionate friendship.
- Random House Children's Books
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- 5.36(w) x 7.59(h) x 0.29(d)
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- 8 - 12 Years
Meet the Author
GARY PAULSEN is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, His most recent books are Mudshark, Lawn Boy, Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day, The Time Hackers, and The Amazing Life of Birds (The Twenty Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech).
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This was a wonderfully thought out book. It was very funny. This book was fun to read because it kept me interested. After eading the first chapter, I didn't want to put it down. I would recommend this book to any middle school student. They will get a kick out of it. I thought the way that Paulsen wrote it was neat. Like the way that the chapters didn't make one big story, but each chapter was its own story. This book was great.
In this book, Schernoff Discoveries, there were seven chapters.In each chapter they focus on a new idea.No chapter in this book focused on only one subject. Therefore there is seven different plots.14 year old harold schenoff, geek and nerd, is the main character. With his brainy ideas, him and his best friend narrator, never named, can do anything.These two do everything together, from skiing,fish,golf and caddy for golfers.There are many settings in this book.The most mentioned is probably the school. This is were two or three chapters take place in.This book's theme is based on teaching you a lesson. Most chapter they do things that you would not want to do or even try at home. To my opinion this book is a two star book.