Traveling Backward

Traveling Backward

by Toby Forward, Laura Cornell
     
 

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After moving from Arizona to Kentucky with his parents, his five-year-old twin brother and sister, and his pet tarantula, Fang, an eleven-year-old works creatively to earn the money for a special pair of basketball shoes that will help him feel accepted.

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After moving from Arizona to Kentucky with his parents, his five-year-old twin brother and sister, and his pet tarantula, Fang, an eleven-year-old works creatively to earn the money for a special pair of basketball shoes that will help him feel accepted.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fanny can hardly bear the idea that her grandfather is dying, and she escapes from the appalling aunts and uncles clustered at his deathbed in order to visit her inscrutable neighbor Mrs. May. Sympathetic to Fanny's distress, Mrs. May hands Fanny a potion for Grandfather, prescribing one small glass every day ``until he's better,'' and not one drop more. Grandfather regains his vigor and treats Fanny to some rollicking adventures, but he keeps drinking from Mrs. May's bottle, which never empties. He gets younger and younger, until Fanny is forced to reconsider her wish to keep him around ``forever.'' This British import invites obvious comparisons with Natalie Babbitt's Tuck Everlasting , as it, too, explores the idea of tampering with the natural cycle of life; however, Forward's tale is far less complex. The tone, meanwhile, recalls that of Roald Dahl. But this fantasy does exercise a charm of its own. Fanny is both sensible and likable, and her affection for her grandfather comes across as genuine. Though Grandfather dies in the end, the reprieve that he and Fanny enjoy makes his departure more comprehensible and acceptable, for Fanny as well as for the reader. Illustrations not seen by PW. Ages 8-up. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
Ryan O'Keefe knows it's bad when you're the shortest kid in your class. To make matters worse, his parents moved the family from Arizona to Kentucky. Could things become worse? Of course! He'll be entering junior high in the sixth grade; everyone knows the seventh and eighth graders pick on the sixth. Is there any hope? Ryan believes his fate rests in a pair of $124.99 basketball shoes for which he hasn't the money. In this hilarious spin, eventually Ryan learns the importance of "things."
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Ryan looks forward to being at the top of the elementary school ladder as a sixth grader, but a family move leaves him facing life at the bottom of the middle-school ranks instead. As an experienced basketball player, he hopes to win acceptance through sports, but his new friend Gordon convinces him that success depends on wearing the latest expensive basketball shoes. His parents agree to give him $40, so Ryan must earn the rest of the money himself. Odd jobs raise some cash, but he hits the big time-and learns some lessons-when he showcases his pet tarantula. Told in the first person, this well-written, often humorous story addresses the themes of conformity, peer pressure, and responsbility in a light, but authentic voice.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140378757
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.05(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile:
570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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