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Someday Angeline

Someday Angeline

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by Louis Sachar, Barbara Samuels (Illustrator)

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Nobody understands why Angeline is so smart. She could read the first time she picked up a book, she can play the piano without ever having had a lesson, and she even knows what the weather is going to be. But being smart is causing Angeline nothing but trouble. The mean kids in school call her a freak, her teacher finds her troublesome, and even her own father doesn


Nobody understands why Angeline is so smart. She could read the first time she picked up a book, she can play the piano without ever having had a lesson, and she even knows what the weather is going to be. But being smart is causing Angeline nothing but trouble. The mean kids in school call her a freak, her teacher finds her troublesome, and even her own father doesn't know what to do with an eight-year-old girl who seems to be a genius. Angeline doesn't want to be either a genius or a freak. She just wants the chance to be herself and be happy. But it's only when she makes friends with a boy the kids call Goon and the teacher they call Mr. Bone that Angeline gets that chance.

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Children's Literature - Karen Porter
Eight-year-old Angeline is the smartest person in her school. She is in the sixth grade and knows all the answers, though her social skills are far behind those of her classmates. Her teacher is insecure and critical. Her father, a garbage collector, feels unworthy to raise a genius. The death of Angeline's mother five years before has left its mark. Angeline befriends a fifth grader named Gary, himself a social outcast. Angeline laughs at his jokes and joins him in helping his teacher set up a classroom aquarium. When Angeline's traumatic classroom experiences become too much for her, she begins to skip school, first to go to the aquarium, and then to spend a day at the beach. When she allows herself to fall off the end of the pier, her father, Gary, Gary's teacher, and her father's good friend all gather at the hospital, where Angeline makes an unexplained recovery. The story has more plot than most books for children this age, but lacks the character development needed to support the story line.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Product dimensions:
5.72(w) x 8.59(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Chapter One

How Abel

Angeline lay on the floor of the living room with her feet up on the sofa, reading a book. The living room was also her bedroom. The sofa folded out into a bed.

It was a book about a sailor who was in love with a beautiful lady who didn't love him back, which was why he became a sailor — to forget her.Only he couldn't forget her, but he was an excellent sailor and he fought a pirate with one eye.

Nobody tried to figure out anymore how Angeline knew all the stuff she knew, the stuff she knew before she was born. Instead, they called her a name. They called her "a genius." And even though it really didn't explain anything, everybody considered it a satisfactory explanation. Like the way she always knew what tomorrow's weather would be. "How does she do it?" someone might ask. "She's a genius" they'd be told, and somehow that would explain it. And that way, nobody ever had to really try to understand.

She heard her father outside the apartment door. She bent the page in her book to mark her place and jumped up to greet him as he opened it.

"Don't hug me until I take a shower," he said, pushing her away. "I smell like garbage."

"I like the way you smell," said Angeline.

"You like the smell of garbage?" asked Abel.

"I do," said Angeline.

She watched him walk into the bathroom and almost immediately she heard the shower running. "I bet he can take off his clothes faster than anyone in the world!" she thought.

He worked for the sanitation department. He drove a garbage truck.

In an odd way, he was afraid of Angeline. He remembered the time they went into a music store where she sat down and played the piano without ever having had a lesson. Everybody in the store stopped and listened to her. It was so pretty it scared him. He hadn't taken her back there since.

More likely, he wasn't as afraid of her as he was afraid of himself. He was afraid he was going to somehow blow it for her. "How's an idiot like me supposed to raise a genius?" he often wondered. Probably if they didn't call her that name, a genius, he wouldn't have been half as scared.

He put on his pajamas and robe. It wasn't even six o'clock but he was already dressed for bed. He never went out at night. He hadn't gone out for over five years, not since Nina died. He stepped into the living room. "Now you can hug me," he said.

Angeline hugged and kissed her father. "I liked the way you smelled before better," she told him.

She followed him into the kitchen and watched him cook dinner. "Tomorrow, will you take me on the garbage truck with you?" she asked.

He sighed. "No," he said firmly. "You know you don't belong on a garbage truck. Besides, you have school tomorrow."

"I hate school," said Angeline.

"Why does she always want to ride on that filthy truck?" Abel wondered. He hated the garbage truck. The only reason he still worked at that stinking job was for Angeline, so that he could make enough money to send her to college someday. Someday buy her a piano. Buy her nice clothes because someday she was going to be a famous scientist, or a concert, pianist, or President of the United States. "Someday, Angeline . . . " he thought.

"Well then, how about on a holiday when school's closed?" she asked. "Then can I ride in the garbage truck?"

"Someday, Angeline," he said.

Meet the Author

When Louis Sachar was going to school, his teachers always pronounced his name wrong. Now that he has become a popular author of children’s books, teachers all over the country are pronouncing his name wrong. It should be pronounced “Sacker,” like someone who tackles quarterbacks or someone who stuffs potatoes into sacks.

Mr. Sachar received a B.A. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. His first book, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, was accepted for publication during his first year of law school. After receiving his law degree, he spent six years asking himself whether he wanted to be an author or a lawyer before deciding to write for children full-time. His books include Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, Wayside School is Falling Down, Dogs Don’t Tell Jokes, and the Marvin Redpost series.

Louis Sachar lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and their daughter, Sherre.

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Someday Angeline 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was in the third grade and i loved it. I could not imagine how Angeline could survive the 6th grade as i myself was only in 3rd grade. It was so realistic in my opinion if i could find this at my local library i would check it out every time i could. 7 years later i would gladly read this book again. I highly recommend it
Dong Wook Kim More than 1 year ago
Based on the reviews, it was not as good as I thought it would be. Definitely not one of the the best books I ever read. BUT. It was still awesome. The characters are very believable and relatable. I am glad I got this book. Read it! It is well worth the try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read Someday Angeline and loved it! It's my favorite book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks really funny!!!!!!!!!!!!;)
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is what you say when someone mentions a sachar book but this one is so fantastic angeline can find herself in some interstaing problems!!!!!! i am a person who deosnt like to read alot but when it comes to sachar book i cant stop reading it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about Angeline. She is a intellagent student that is in the sixth grade but she is only supposed to be in the third grade. Read and see how she makes friends and gets the teacher to like her.You can also read about where she runs away to. Find out about how her life almost ended and how she had a bad begining.
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Good for any age get it definatly!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I may be going into fourth grade but I thought this book was awesome. I never read a better book in my life. Nobody could make me hate it. I'm glad I read it.But I still don't understand how Angeline got so smart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i just loved the book.it was funny and it had just the right amount of sadness in it.i thought mr.sacher a 'two headed goat' for writing this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't agree with the other comments more, i read this book when i was in grade 5, when i too was much like Angeline, not a genius but a social outcast. i related so much to her caracter, i only wish that the story had been developed further. if it was changed a bit then it would be a very successful adult book. i loved the story so much that i stole it from my school library and since then have read it until it fell apart like one of the other comments. im so glad that im not the only person to find the value and magic of this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can not tell you how pleased I am to find this book available online. I read it over 15 years ago as a lost and lonely child. Angeline was someone I could identify with. The characters and plot were very believable. This book launched my love for books and reading. My copy was read so many times that it literally fell apart. I am proud to say that I will be giving this book to my children to read when they are 8-10 yrs old. I would highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. The sad part when...... drowns
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not sure what age limit there is. How old are kids that have read this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not sure if its good 4 12 yrs. Should i get?