A Dork for
Here at his new school, with his new friends, Jerry Flack is shedding his former dorky image and feeling better about himself -- almost normal, even. So when he first thinks about running for class president, it seems like a great idea. But before Jerry can even decide to run, he discovers that he already has an opponent: someone willing to do almost anything to convince the whole class that no one wants a dork for president. How can Jerry run for president if it means risking a return to the depths of dorkdom?
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Carol Gorman is the author of many books for young readers, including Dork In Disguise, Dork on the Run, and A Midsummer Night's Dork. Ms. Gorman lives with her husband, writer Ed Gorman, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she also teaches at Coe College.From School Library Journal:
Grade 3-6-If there was ever a quintessential book on dealing with bullies, this is it. Jerry Flack, star of Dork in Disguise (HarperCollins, 1999), is now running for class president of the sixth grade at the urging of his friend Brenda. Unfortunately, he is opposed by Gabe Marshall, who is hell-bent on making Jerry's life miserable and, worse, catching his embarrassing moments on film. Jerry reacts first with revenge, then helplessness and humiliation, and, finally, empowerment. He uses what he calls "mental akido" to promote his dorkiness with humor and intelligence that kids will admire. Realistically, the boy refuses to let adults in on any of the harassment even when it includes shoving him outside a second-floor window. Eventually, a teacher catches on to the torment and the bullies are punished, but Jerry seems far too relaxed about their comeuppance, given all he's been through. His classmates and other students at Hawthorne Middle School react in a refreshingly true-to-life manner: sometimes they are for Jerry, sometimes they enjoy Gabe's pranks. A subplot about a third grader who is bullying Jerry's little sister is nicely integrated, as is the addition of a new cool girl who used to live in Hollywood, and her effect on the school. All in all, Dork on the Run is a winner as a thoughtful read and a discussion starter.
Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
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