The Fantastic Freshman: A Novel

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Miraculous luck from a magic charm grants fourteen-year-old Stanley his deepest desire, to be a VIP in his high school, but the exhausting and comical complications make his life miserable.

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From School Library Journal:

Grade 5-9 While there are glimmers here of Brittain's wonderful use of figurative language, his true ear for dialogue, and his senses of humor and irony, The Fantastic Freshman lacks the masterful storytelling of the Coven Tree books. Stanley Muffet, a singularly ordinary kid, wishes to be a VIP when he starts high school. Unbeknownst to him, his wish is grantedby a fat little statue inside a blue glass paperweight advertising an insurance company. Stanley becomes star quarterback, straight A student, and president of the student council. And, naturally, ironically, he becomes miserable as he loses old friends. The moral is delivered in a heavy-handed manner; indeed, the book embraces the obvious, the exaggerated, and the stereotypical. The head cheerleader is named Peachy Keene (that sums up the book's tone), and the librarian is portrayed offensively as an unmarried whisperer, finger to her lips, who is a stickler for rules and procedures. Young readers will empathize with the anxiety produced by the rite of passage of beginning high school and enjoy the magical forces at work in this fantasy. But, for wonder and originality, send them back to Coven Tree, where the fantastic and the exaggerated fit comfortably and the moral lesson is expected. Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, Maine
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

Newbery Honor winner Brittain offers up some good plain fun in this latest work. Stanley wishes he could be a Very Important Person, but everyone knows that high school freshmen are nobodies. But suddenly, scrawny Stanley defeats the school bully, leads the varsity football team, dates the head cheerleader and academically tops all of his classmates. Life is bright until misfortune casts a shadow on Stanley's VIP-hood. Is it all a coincidence, or is a mysterious force involved? When Stanley discovers the unusual circumstances surrounding his success, he sets out to right matters. Humorous and entertaining, the story is an easy blend of real life and offbeat fantasy. Ages 10-14.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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