Special Edward

  • Pages:136
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Currents
  • Themes:learning disabilities, school, humor, schemes, individualized education program
  • Available:04/01/2009
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • Reading Level:3.2
  • Lexile:HL580L
  • ATOS:4.0
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Edward is a classic slacker.

He's got better ways to spend his time than toiling over homework, and as long as he gets passing grades he's happy. When his fifty percent average is threatened he has to find a way to pull up his grades without applying himself. Edward discovers that special education students get more time to complete tests, and he thinks he's found the perfect scam. Little does he know that manipulating everyone around him will take more work than he ever imagined.

This short novel is a high-interest, low-reading level book for middle-grade readers who are building reading skills, want a quick read or say they don’t like to read! Also available in French.

"Bold, edgy...This is a topic too often skirted, and there's an inherent fascination built into Eddy's plot to be known as a 'plucky fighter' rather than a 'lazy underachiever.'"
– Booklist
"Give[s] the reader valuable insight into realm of the Special Education room—and its importance and value for exceptional students who need the services that it provides...The vocabulary, short chapters and simple sentence structures will make this novel a good choice for readers."
– Resource Links
"Nice characterization and good plotting. The book is full of stereotypical references to students with special needs at the beginning, but it is all part of the point of the book as Edward begins to understand what learning disabilities are all about. Recommended."
– Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group (SOYAMRG)
"The author deftly weaves subtle clues into Edward's character that will leave readers nodding in agreement with his true condition. The title also refutes the stereotype that special-education students are profoundly disabled, emphasizing that a child can be gifted and still have learning issues, an important identity concept for teens to explore. A refreshing read."
– School Library Journal (SLJ)
"The story line is believable, with an ending that will encourage reluctant readers to keep reading and trying in school…Recommended."
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens   | 2010  |  Commended
Bank Street College of Education Children's Book Committee Best Children's Books of the Year   | 2010  |  Commended

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