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Author: Brent Hartinger

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Publisher: HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: This book is about Dave (15), whose father told him to get a summer job. He doesn't want to do that, so Dave and his friends Victor and Curtis come up with every way possible to get out of it. In the end, they end up getting summer jobs. Three boys have big plans for the summer. Follow along with this YA novel about big ideas, choices, and consequences.

Type of Reading: independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 12 and up; read yourself: 9 and up

Interest Level: 11 and up

Reading Level: 4

Age of Child: Read by a student at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, New Hope, MN. This was part of our Use Your ABCs classroom literacy project.

Young Reader Reaction: I picked this book because the cover made it look interesting. I thought the book would get better after the first chapter, but it didn't. I didn't like the book because of the main idea, but I learned that you shouldn't try to take the easy way through life.

Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Pros: Teens will see themselves (and laugh) in this book about growing up.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. I didn't like this book, but I would recommend it to some of my friends.


Educational Themes: There are themes of growing up, personal responsibility, and choices/consequences, as well as family relationships. This would make a nice selection for a book club, particularly a father-son reading group.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 4.0
The publisher donated an Advance Reader Copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - young adult, humor, coming of age

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2010

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