Thursday, August 3, 2017

Word Nerd

By: Susin Nielsen
28501537Location: FIC NIE
Genre:  Funny Realistic Fiction- with a peanut allergy

"I don't remember much about Betty except that she was prehistoric -- like, she looked ninety-seven, but maybe she was only sixty.

Ambrose Bukowski is a twelve-year-old with a talent for mismatching his clothes, for saying the wrong thing at the worst possible time, and for words. In short, he’s a self-described nerd. Making friends is especially hard because he and his overprotective mother, Irene, have had to move so often. And when bullies at his latest school almost kill him by deliberately slipping a peanut into his sandwich to set off his allergy, it's his mother who has the extreme reaction. From now on, Ambrose has to be home-schooled.
Then Ambrose strikes up an unlikely friendship with the landlord's son, Cosmo, an ex-con who's been in prison. They have nothing in common except for Scrabble. But a small deception grows out of control when Ambrose convinces a reluctant Cosmo to take him to a Scrabble club. Could this spell disaster for Ambrose.

After being homeschooled....
"When we walked into the school, the hallways were mercifully deserted. I breathed deeply and took in the smell of books and BO and other kid-smells, and as weird as it sounds, I felt a longing -- not to be picked on again, but to be part of something bigger than just me.

"So at one point, I am on the airplane tears in my eyes (tears of joy) and laughing out loud. This book is beautiful and simple and perfect for every middle school student. Ambrose is a quirky, funny, and relateable 12 year old that I could not help but fall in love with.

A simple yet moving plot, characters you will love and hate-- this book needs to be read. If you liked Wonder and Diary of a Part Time Indian than get your hands on this book. I already miss Ambrose and Cosmo.  _Jabiz-

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