Seventh-Grade Weirdo

Seventh-Grade Weirdo

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by Lee Wardlaw

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hero Rob's plaint-``I have the weirdest family in the world''-might just prompt a chorus of recognition from similarly ``afflicted'' adolescents. Ages 9-12. (Aug.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-- Christopher ``Rob'' Robin, 12, has an unusual family. His father is a former pro surfer, his mother is obsessed with children's books, and his sister is a five-year-old genius who is frequently in the news. The last thing any seventh-grade boy wants is to be different. Worse, he makes an enemy of ``The Shark'' on the first day of school. In the course of the year, Rob gains insight and maturity that allows him to confront the bully and to accept his sister even after she invents a game that makes her a millionaire. This entertaining, sometimes touching story of self-realization is successful despite the exaggerated qualities of the characters. The adults are portrayed as a rather simple lot, and while Rob's relationships with his friends ring true at times, they are mostly shallow and played for easy humor. Certain poignant moments between Rob and Winnie aptly touch the antithetical relationship between siblings, of affection versus aggravation. Predictable but heartwarming, this is reminiscent of Jerry Spinelli's Space Station Seventh Grade (Little, 1982); Wardlaw uses similar lighthearted humor to illuminate the inevitable conflicts within families. --Carrol McCarthy, Tower Hill School, Wilmington, DE

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Scholastic, Inc.
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600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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