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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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
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In this first-person narrative termed "good plain fun" by PW , freshman Stanley Muffet relates the extraordinary events that help him to achieve his dream of becoming a VIP. Ages 12-up.
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Book Description Trophy Pr. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Book has some visible wear on the binding, cover, pages. Bookseller Inventory # G0064470164I3N10