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Harold and his best friend, both hopeless geeks and societal misfits, try to survive unusual science experiments, the attacks of the football team, and other dangers of junior high school.
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 girls—by enrolling in home economics—until the football team finds out and Harold has a bigger problem to solve. Other adventures involve skiing and fishing—spectacular 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.
Posted January 15, 2002
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 20, 2000
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.