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The Wrecker
     

The Wrecker

by David Skinner
 

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New to school, Michael is eager to make friends with Theo Vee, a boy genius with a gift for building extraordinary things. But what Theo offers him isn't friendship. It's an opportunity to be an ally, to join forces and wreck--body and soul--the bully who taunts them both. 128 pp. Ages 12 and up. Pub: 12/97.

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New to school, Michael is eager to make friends with Theo Vee, a boy genius with a gift for building extraordinary things. But what Theo offers him isn't friendship. It's an opportunity to be an ally, to join forces and wreck--body and soul--the bully who taunts them both. 128 pp. Ages 12 and up. Pub: 12/97.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As much a parody of school life as a tale of vengeance, this brains-vs.-brawn contest stars Theo Vee, eighth grade genius/inventor extraordinaire and his reluctant sidekick, Michael. A newcomer to the Sherman School, Michael is more unsettled than flattered when Theo, the creator of dancing boxes, talking wheels and mechanical spiders, chooses him as an ally when dreaming up a plot to utterly ``wreck'' the class bully. From the very beginning, it is obvious that the bully's days are numbered, but few will be able to guess the means and result of his destruction. As extravagant caricatures of classic types, the teachers at Sherman School-jelly-spined Mr. Shoe; Mrs. Gasperwit, who ``just lived for the theater''; Mrs. Stencil, the art teacher-add color to the comic suspense. Although the story's pace is periodically disrupted by vignettes about minor characters, Skinner (You Must Kill a Whale) delivers enough action and guffaws to keep the pages turning. Ages 12-up. (July)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Michael has been at Sherman Middle School for only four days when he meets Theo, a loner and misfit. Michael becomes Theo's ally in a plan to build a machine that will "wreck" his enemy, Jeffrey Pratt. A compelling story about how the desire for revenge can grow in response to the acts of a bully and how the need to belong can become more important than doing the right thing. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689815379
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
11/11/1997
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
12 - 16 Years

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