Virtual Cody

Overview

Cody Michaels is back! In this follow-up to Hey, New Kid!, Cody needs to research the origin of his name as part of a class report. His parents are too busy to give him a straight answer, so he takes matters into his own hands. That's when he discovers the awful and embarrassing truth!

"Warm, winning and lots of fun." --Booklist

Cody and his classmates in the ...

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Overview

Cody Michaels is back! In this follow-up to Hey, New Kid!, Cody needs to research the origin of his name as part of a class report. His parents are too busy to give him a straight answer, so he takes matters into his own hands. That's when he discovers the awful and embarrassing truth!

"Warm, winning and lots of fun." --Booklist

Cody and his classmates in the third grade are having fun reporting on the origin of their names, until Cody finds out that his parents named him after a dog.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Cody is convinced he was named after Buffalo Bill Cody, at least that's what he writes in his "cyberjournal" under the moniker "Virtual Cody." Everyone in class must give an oral report explaining the origin of his name. Cody's parents are strangely reluctant to explain his name, until finally, he discovers the truth while snooping through an old photo album. Cody's fear of humiliation in front of his peers and ongoing rivalry with one of the girls in his class is realistically captured, and the climax of the story is hilarious, making this sequel to Hey, New Kid! an enjoyable family read-aloud or early chapter book.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-4Cody, from Duffey's Hey, New Kid! (Viking, 1996), is back and has found a way to cope with his new-kid status. He's dubbed himself Virtual Cody, computer ace, and longs to win the support of his third-grade class for naming the class rabbit Megabyte. His nemesis, P.J., wants to call it Princess. When their teacher, Ms. Harvey, assigns an oral report on name origins, Cody fantasizes that he's been named after Buffalo Bill Cody, but discovers that his namesake is a German shepherd who saved his mother from drowning as a child. He's too embarrassed to share the story, as is P.J., who is named for an aunt who invented musical potty chairs, until Ms. Harvey reveals that she, too, is embarrassed about her name. Both students give their reports, vying for the worst name prize. They tie and win the chance to name the rabbit, settling on Princess Megabyte. The plot moves along quickly, and Duffey's characters come to life. The competition and teasing among these third graders ring true, as does their dialogue. Cody's "cyberjournal entries" and his doodles cleverly enhance the story. An entertaining romp for beginning chapter-book readers.Christina Dorr, Calcium Primary School, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Cody Michaels, hero of Hey, New Kid! (1996), is keeping a computer journal in his third-grade class, where Ms. Harvey has announced that each child will give an oral report on his or her name. Cody and his nemesis, P.J., are certain their names are the coolest in the class until they find out their real origins—he's named after his mother's beloved dog, and P.J. is named for an aunt who invented the musical potty chair. Meanwhile, everyone is working on naming the class rabbit. These labors are amusing, though P.J.'s hostility becomes tiresome. The most interesting and entertaining parts of the book are the emoticons Cody includes at the end of his journal entries, clever little faces and creatures he has invented; unfortunately, the wit he demonstrates in his journal does not show up anywhere else in his life or in the novel. That omission turns the computer journal into an enjoyable gimmick almost wholly unrelated to the rest of the book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780788742415
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/1/1901
  • Format: Other
  • Edition description: Unabridged

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