Reformed bully Martin Hastings fantasizes about heroic adventures as an explorer and a sports star, until his new circle of friends and growing self-confidence at home make real life as exciting as his daydreams.
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Grade 4-6 Martin Hastings, once The Bully of Barkham Street (Harper, 1963), has reformed. After losing his dog Rufus because of his irresponsibility, Martin has resolved to reform: he will lose weight and learn to get along with others, even with his former favorite victim Edward Frost. Unfortunately, no one believes his new image. Martin considers his life dull and uneventful and indulges in Walter Mitty-esque fantasies of heroism and adventure, many of them inspired by a book report on Admiral Byrd. His interest in the great explorer leads Martin to do some exploring of his own. He accepts a babysitting job in place of his sister, and much to the surprise of his employer (and himself!), is a resounding success. He begins to make friends with other boys and gradually learns to join in their activities without being self-conscious. Each success helps him gain in self-confidence. Middle-grade readers will identify strongly with Martin's struggles at self-exploration. Fans of the other "Barkham Street" books will especially welcome this new one, although it can also be read independent of the others. Elaine E. Knight, Lincolnu Elementary Schools, Ill.
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The Bully of Barkham Street, tormentor of A Dog on Barkham Street, Martin Hastings is 13 now and learning hard lessons. In McCully's lively pictures, we witness events as Stolz's new novel whisks us back to the neighborhood where Martin combats loneliness with dreams of glorious exploits as an explorer like his historic heroes. Martin also hopes for a reunion with his dear pet Rufus, when his father decides the boy has been sufficiently punished for his mistreatment of Eddie Frost (in the previous books). The atmosphere in the Hastngs house is unhappy. His parents bicker; his sister Marietta lords it over Martin. But the quondam bully is growing up and getting a handle on his life. Success as a babysitter, a renewed friendship with Eddie andbest of alla marvelous vacation in the country combine to turn Martin into a true "explorer" of the world and his place in it.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060259779
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060259779
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