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Gail Gauthier

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Verk av Gail Gauthier

The Hero of Ticonderoga (2001) 194 exemplar
My Life among the Aliens (1996) 68 exemplar
Happy Kid! (2006) 59 exemplar
A Year with Butch and Spike (1998) 36 exemplar
Saving the Planet and Stuff (2003) 23 exemplar
Club Earth (1999) 15 exemplar
L'alieno che venne a cena (2000) 2 exemplar

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Can you write an entire book about a girl giving an oral report in school on Ethan Allen? Well, yes and no.
This was quite an uneven book. The best parts were laugh out loud funny, clever, and built around an interesting cast of characters. I'd give 2/3 of the book five stars.
Tessie LeClerc is a 6th grade student in Vermont in 1966. She's always been a C student, but she ends up being assigned the coveted report on Ethan Allen for her oral report on Vermont history. She ends up reporting on everything about the hero of the state that teachers don't want impressionable young minds to hear about. And that's funny. Her farmer father, who has an odd manner of speaking, him, and only third grade education is quite the character, livening up any episode he is in.
But as the book goes along, Tessie has to report more and more on Ethan Allen, and especially in the last third of the book, we have long, unfunny stretches that seem to be mostly direct quotes from Ethan Allen's autobiography. And by long, I mean pages and pages in a row. It becomes rather boring towards the end.
And one little episode seemed wildly inappropriate for a middle readers book to me. The LeClerc family is regularly harassed by a neighbor's vicious dog. Seriously vicious. Dangerous. Tessie's father rants occasionally about how he should kill that dog. Well, when the dog in about to attack his daughter's friend, he does kill it. With a shovel. Brutally. And yes, if a dog was about to maul a child and I had a shovel, I'd do the same thing, but I'd have been more comfortable if the whole dog part of the story had been omitted entirely. It wasn't essential to the plot.
Halfway through reading this, I thought I'd be highly recommending it, but by the end, I can only give it a lukewarm review.
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fingerpost | 1 annan recension | Sep 17, 2019 |
Ever since the incident with the screwdriver at the end of sixth grade, Kyle has been living in his own pessimistic cloud. Concerned, his therapist mom gives him a self-help book and bribes him with a dollar for each chapter read. Kyle is surprised to find that the book tends to fall open to exactly the pages he needs--and even more surprised to find that the book's advice works. There's a chance that Kyle can reconnect with his old friends, make some new ones, and even redeem himself by doing the right thing. Maybe his seventh-grade glass can be half-full, after all.

Less about bullying and fitting in than I was looking for, but still worthwhile in terms of positivity and outlook, and modifying destructive behaviors. I don't think this needs to be a required summer reading nominee, but I'll probably add it to my booktalks list.
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librarybrandy | 6 andra recensioner | Mar 30, 2013 |
Will and Robby are two brothers who lead typical lives until their mother's baking attracts aliens. When their mother invites over two new kids from the neighborhood she doesn't realize that the visitors at her front door are aliens. Will immediately recognizes them as aliens and tries to tell his mom but she is too busy to listen to him. The aliens intend to destroy Earth until but the boys' mother's baking changes their minds. Throughout the book the aliens return to Will and Robby's house and get into all kinds of antics. In one scenario one of the aliens takes over the body of a dog and in another an alien takes over for Santa after getting into an Interstellar Space accident with Santa's sleigh.

The children in the story are able to recognize the aliens for what they are but for whatever reason the adults are not able to, even though the children try to tell them on several occasions and the aliens look like aliens in the illustrations. Despite being totally implausible the author somehow manages to make it believable. The writing and the characters are very funny and I don't think most children will care that it is totally over the top. Not your typical science fiction book but a nice introduction for young children looking for a lighthearted approach to science fiction. Suggested grade level: 3-4.
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shillson | Nov 19, 2011 |
Kyle has been given a book, a book that knows what to tell him at the right moments. This book was given by his mother so he could be more positive in his daily life. Well, Kyle promises to read it for one dollar a chapter. The book helps him and he becomes stronger in what he does in his daily life. Kyle ends up becoming a very nice person, and helpful friend. Kyle gets what he needs and he helps others at the right time needed. This book HAPPY KID!, really taught him truth and correct development.

My opinion about this book is, is that it was very slow. The author (Gail Gauthier) didn't put real meaning into the story. Kyle gets a book by his mother and he finds out that the book know what to say at the right time and meaning. This was a great part of the story, but to get to this part it took the author a very long time and not the right timing. The climax of this book is none. There was a rising action when kyle starts doing what the book says. And there was a lowering action, when kyle gives the book away. But all together there was no real meaning to HAPPY KID!
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JeremyCarlson | 6 andra recensioner | Nov 29, 2010 |

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Verk
12
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453
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#54,169
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½ 3.7
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13
ISBN
36
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