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Selling Points: Humor, pranks, consequences
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Apr/01/2009
Lexile Level: HL470L
Fry Reading Level: 3.2
Fiction Ages 10-14
Despite what my math teacher might think, I'm not stupid.
I'm not mean either. At least I try not to be.
So that's not how I got into this mess.
I got into it because I was bored.
I know that's a dumb excuse, but I bet I'm not the first person to use it. My guess is boredom's the reason lots of people get into trouble. It can drive you nuts. It can make you do stuff you'd never do in a million years.
For me, that meant hanging out with Richard.
That sounds cruel, but what can I say? If you knew the guy, you'd probably feel the same way.
Emery's neighbor, Richard, is the kind of kid who gets under your skin. When Richard suggests a game of "Nicky Nicky Nine Doors," Emery can't come up with a good excuse not to play. Using chocolate bars as "stunt poo," the boys start playing the classic prank of the burning bag on the doorstep, but this game has a modern twist. They videotape their neighbors' reactions. The naked guy and the man in the apron are highly entertaining, but Emery starts to get cold feet when another neighbor is reduced to tears. Emery wants out, but he's not sure how to stop the game without losing face. Soon the game gets serious, and Emery has a lot more to worry about than his reputation.
School Library Journal - August 1, 2009
"Realistic action and dialogue, along with a fast-paced plot, will keep reluctant readers turning pages...A solid hi/lo choice."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group - July 21, 2009
"Readers will identify with Emery as he struggles to do the right thing. This is good book for reluctant readers."
CM Magazine - April 3, 2009
"Boasts a plot that's simple yet gripping, pacing that's tight and rapid-fire, and true-to-life characters that will resonate with readers both young and old...Truly a fantastic all-round read that is a sure bet for grabbing the interest of reluctant readers."
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