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WINNER OF TEN STATE READING AWARDS:
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award (Vermont)
South Carolina Children's Book Award
Mark Twain Award (Missouri)
Golden Sower Award (Nebraska)
Young Hoosier Award (Indiana)
William Allen White Award (Kansas)
Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Reader's Choice Award (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alberta)
Tennessee Children's Choice Award
Georgia Children's Book Award
Alabama Library Association's Young Reader's Choice Award
"Captures the anger and frustration that accompanies a child's inability to control his life." School Library Journal.
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—More than two decades after its original publication, one of Robert Kimmel Smith's bestselling children's books (Delacorte, 1984) has been released in audio format. Peter has lived in the same room his whole life and he loves it. He also loves his grandfather. But when his grandfather moves to his house and takes his room, Peter has to relocate upstairs. Peter wants his room back, so he "declares war" and starts playing pranks on his grandfather. Grandpa knows a few pranks of his own and humorous hijinks ensue. In the end, both grandparent and child are able to face their personal losses. Nicholas Kelly does a good job of recreating Pete's authentic 10-year-old voice, perfectly capturing its rhythm and inflection. He also voices the other characters well, moving easily from old to young, and male to female. The emotions of the various characters are clearly portrayed, from grandfather's exasperation to the parents' concern and the sister's taunting. A good way to introduce an older classic to a new generation of children.—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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An Excerpt from The War with Grandpa
This is the true and real story of what happened when Grandpa came to live
with us and took my room and how I went to war with him and him with me
and what happened after that.
I am typing it out on paper without lines on my dad's typewriter because
Mrs. Klein, she's my 5th grade English teacher, said that we should write
a story about something important that happened to us and to tell it "true
and real" and put in words that peoples said if we can remember and to put
quote marks around them and everything....
My little sister, Jennifer, just came in and asked me what I'm doing and
I told her....
"I think you should begin with me," Jenny said, "because I found out Grandpa
was coming to live here before you even knew about it."
"Good idea," I said.
"And put in the story that I am very beautiful with long blond hair and
lovely blue eyes."
"I just did."
"Now you'll have a good story," she said.
From the Trade Paperback edition.