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Fiction Ages 10-14
Pages: 112
Themes: humor, basketball, democracy
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/03/2006
Lexile Level: HL610L
Fry Reading Level: 3.5
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Sam Campbell's school team, the Laggan Lairds, always loses. When someone suggests that their name be the Laggan Lard Butts, Sam thinks the team should change its name. What is a Laird anyway? The basketball coach agrees, and soon the whole school is involved in an election for a new team name. Sam and his friends nominate the name Lard Butts. When the basketball team starts winning games after a warm-up cheer of "Go Lard Butts!" it seems the Lard Butt campaign might actually win the election.

VOYA - August 1, 2006
"An excellent book to put in the hands of a reluctant male reader."
CM Magazine - June 23, 2006
"Eric Walters' characterizations are excellent...This is a story I hope will be read by more than just its target audience."


PSLA Top Forty  | 2007 | Commended
CCBC Our Choice  | 2007 | Commended


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