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Keegan and Alex are the only kids in Leamington who haven't volunteered to help out with the town's annual tomato festival. In an attempt to teach them a sense of responsibility, their fathers put them in charge of the tomato toss. The boys decide it's their responsibility to add a little excitement to the event. They exchange the traditional wooden targets for human targets and, before they know it, they are running the most popular event at the fair. The excitement may be too much for the sleepy town and soon ...
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Overview

Keegan and Alex are the only kids in Leamington who haven't volunteered to help out with the town's annual tomato festival. In an attempt to teach them a sense of responsibility, their fathers put them in charge of the tomato toss. The boys decide it's their responsibility to add a little excitement to the event. They exchange the traditional wooden targets for human targets and, before they know it, they are running the most popular event at the fair. The excitement may be too much for the sleepy town and soon the tomato toss is taken to the streets.
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Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
"Reluctant readers will be sure to devour every chapter...Recommended."
WASHYARG
"Quick and fun read."
The Horn Book Guide
"The main characters' well-drawn friendship and their silly hijinks make this an entertaining, quick read."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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KLIATT
AGERANGE: Ages 12 to 18.

Alex and Keegan are two adventuresome teenagers who end up causing trouble in their small, tomato-growing town. With the tomato festival coming up, their fathers believe that they need to show more responsibility, especially as the sons of the mayor and chief of police. Their fathers tell them that they will be volunteering their time to run an event of their choosing at the tomato festival; they decide to run the annual Tomato Toss. Giving the event a little creative twist, they start to show promise and potential. That is, until a full-fledged tomato riot breaks out on the neighborhood streets during the tomato parade. There is not one person in the town who isn’t covered in tomato slime. This tale shows how the boys learn to take responsibility for their actions, accept the consequences, and yet end up making history. With its witty dialog, this short novel is perfect for YAs of all reading levels who appreciate a great story about friendship and realistic adventures. Reviewer: Ashleigh Larsen
March 2008 (Vol. 42, No.2)

Children's Literature - Aaron Thrasher
The tagline to this story—"There's more than one way to toss a tomato"—says it all. Keegan and Alex, typical teenagers, enjoy skateboarding, causing mischief, and trying to get out of work. They do have one small dilemma: they live in a small town where everybody knows everybody. The police chief and the mayor of the town are the fathers of Keegan and Alex, respectively. When their fathers "volunteer" them to participate in the town's annual tomato festival, they both agree to be in charge of the tomato toss as long as the money goes toward a new skate park. Things turn ugly when Kelsey, Keegan's ex-girlfriend, and her new boyfriend Owen step into the picture. When the day of the festival arrives, the tomato toss makes a splash. However, a massive tomato fight breaks out during the festival's parade, with Owen in the middle of it. The mayor calls Keegan and Alex into his office. At first, they refuse to fess up for causing the fight, but Keegan steps up, admitting to throwing the first tomato. Like most novels, Splat! contains no illustrations; they are not necessary. Through descriptive and colorful words and phrases, readers can draw the illustrations of the story in their imagination. The font of the story is also a little larger than most novels, making this book incredibly easy for children to read and understand. Eric Walters makes readers want to know the story of not only the tomato festival but also of Owen and Kelsey; they will not be able to put this novel down. Reviewer: Aaron Thrasher
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551439860
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Series: Orca Currents Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,442,905
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: HL640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.40 (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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I reached down and picked up one of the tomatoes. It was so overripe it was squishy and soft to the touch. My fingers sunk in, almost breaking the skin. I tossed it a few inches up into the air and caught it again. Nice weight. Nice.

Keegan still had his back to me. There was a slight wind—left to right—so I'd have to take that into account. I drew my arm back and threw the tomato. It flew through the air, slightly spiraling, toward him and—splat! It smashed right into the back of his head and exploded into a thousand pieces of pulp!

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