Special Edward

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Edward is a classic slacker. He's got better ways to spend his time than toiling over homework, and as long as he gets passing grades he's happy. When his fifty percent average is threatened he has to find a way to pull up his grades without applying himself. Edward discovers that special education students get more time to complete tests, and he thinks he's found the perfect scam. Little does he know that manipulating everyone around him will take more work than he ever ...
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Overview

Edward is a classic slacker. He's got better ways to spend his time than toiling over homework, and as long as he gets passing grades he's happy. When his fifty percent average is threatened he has to find a way to pull up his grades without applying himself. Edward discovers that special education students get more time to complete tests, and he thinks he's found the perfect scam. Little does he know that manipulating everyone around him will take more work than he ever imagined.
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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
"Bold, edgy...This is a topic too often skirted, and there's an inherent fascination built into Eddy's plot to be known as a 'plucky fighter' rather than a 'lazy underachiever.'"
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"Nice characterization and good plotting. The book is full of stereotypical references to students with special needs at the beginning, but it is all part of the point of the book as Edward begins to understand what learning disabilities are all about. Recommended."
CM Magazine
"The story line is believable, with an ending that will encourage reluctant readers to keep reading and trying in school…Recommended."
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"Give[s] the reader valuable insight into realm of the Special Education room—and its importance and value for exceptional students who need the services that it provides...The vocabulary, short chapters and simple sentence structures will make this novel a good choice for readers."
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Young
Edward, a high school sophomore, believes he should be allowed to receive special attention as he takes his tests. The fact that he rarely studies or arrives on time is inconsequential. Edward learns of another classmate who is allowed more time and wonders why they are treated differently. He feels he can avert the system by being declared ‘special' and have extra time to finish his tests, too. Ed is certainly intelligent enough but he wants to have the best of both worlds—to still be lazy and to take his time finishing his schoolwork and tests. Lest anyone feel the need to try the easy way out, be aware that your past will be viewed and any decision will affect more people than you can imagine! This title in the "Orca Currents" series is a speedy read and fits the bill for a general book report assignment. Walters' characters are likeable and fairly realistic, including Edward's ‘crush'—Elizabeth. Find out her secret and what they have in common, even if she doesn't know who he is. Or does she? Reviewer: Elizabeth Young
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Edward is a high school sophomore who's more into the social scene than the academic one. After discovering that a classmate received extra time on a math test because of a learning disability, he concocts a plan to capitalize on his underachieving nature by inventing a disability of his own to get out of school work. He purposely fails a battery of tests in order to be classified "exceptional," which allows him into special-education classes on a trial basis. When he learns that beautiful classmate Elizabeth has the same designation, he does whatever it takes to keep up the appearance that his plan is working. Ultimately, the teen's teachers discover that he is lying, but in an ironic twist, they find that he actually is dyslexic. The protagonist and his friends ring true; Walters has a good ear for teen talk, and Edward is as charming to read about as he is in the classroom. The author deftly weaves subtle clues into Edward's character that will leave readers nodding in agreement with his true condition. The title also refutes the stereotype that special-education students are profoundly disabled, emphasizing that a child can be gifted and still have learning issues, an important identity concept for teens to explore. A refreshing read.—H. H. Henderson, Heritage Middle School, Deltona, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554690923
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Series: Orca Currents Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 976,821
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: HL580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Walters began writing in 1993 as a way to entice his grade-five students into becoming more interested in reading and writing. At the end of the year, one student suggested that he try to have his story published. Since that first creation, Eric has published more than seventy novels. Often his stories incorporate themes that reflect his background in education and social work and his commitment to humanitarian and social-justice issues. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to more than seventy thousand students per year in schools across the country. Eric is a father of three and lives in Mississauga, Ontario, with his wife, Anita. For more information, visit www.ericwalters.net.

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You've been designated special ed?" Kevin gasped.

"Not yet. They still have some testing to do, but they're letting me work there on a trial basis."

"Wow," Kevin said. "I can't believe that you did it...you fooled them."

"It wasn't hard."

"You're, like, a genius," Ahmad said. He sounded impressed.

"An evil genius," Cody said.

"There's nothing evil about this. Nobody gets hurt. Besides, I don't want any more talk about me being a genius. I'm just Ed... special Ed.

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