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Fiction Ages 10-14
Pages: 128
Themes: community, responsibility, humor
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/04/2008
Lexile Level: 640L
Fry Reading Level: 4.4
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Keegan and Alex are the only kids in Leamington who haven't volunteered to help out with the town's annual tomato festival. In an attempt to teach them a sense of responsibility, their fathers put them in charge of the tomato toss. The boys decide it's their responsibility to add a little excitement to the event. They exchange the traditional wooden targets for human targets and, before they know it, they are running the most popular event at the fair. The excitement may be too much for the sleepy town and soon the tomato toss is taken to the streets.

The Horn Book Guide - October 1, 2008
"The main characters' well-drawn friendship and their silly hijinks make this an entertaining, quick read."
WASHYARG - September 1, 2008
"Quick and fun read."
CM Magazine - March 7, 2008
"Reluctant readers will be sure to devour every chapter...Recommended."
KLIATT - March 1, 2008
"With its witty dialogue, this short novel is perfect for YAs of all reading levels."

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