Two hours ago, when I walked into this school for the first time, the sun was shining, the birds were singing and, apart from a knot in my guts the size of Tasmania, life was great. Now here I am, locked in the stationary cupboard. Rowena wants to be friends but the other kids don't. Is it because she's just stuffed a frog into Darryn Peck's mouth? Or is it because her dad? How can she tell him that his shirts, and his habit of singing in public, are wrecking her life? It's not easy - especially when you can't speak.
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Born in the UK, Morris Gleitzman emigrated to Australia with his family at the age of sixteen. His career took off as a screenwriter and a newspaper columnist, before he became a novelist. He has written a number of hugely successful children's books, including TWO WEEKS WITH THE QUEEN, MISERY GUTS, BELLY FLOP and WORRY WARTS. BLABBER MOUTH and STICKY BEAK have been adapted for Channel 4 television, and won an International Emmy award in 1998. He lives in Melbourne and has two children.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-6?Rowena Batts has an inborn disability that renders her incapable of speaking. She lives with her good-natured father, a loud, flamboyant, country-and-western fan known as the most successful apple farmer in Australia. She was formerly enrolled in a special school where she grew adept at sign language, but now the girl and her father have moved to a new town, and she attends public school. There, her muteness and her comical surname make her an easy target for the class bully, Darryn Peck. She is delighted when Amanda Cosgrove makes overtures of friendship, until Amanda divulges that she is trying to fulfill a community service project to help the "disadvantaged." Never losing her sense of humor, Rowena recovers to take on her own service project when her outrageously dressed father behaves embarrassingly in front of her teacher. Amanda proves to be an ally after all as Rowena concocts a plan to reform her father by hiring Darryn's brother to fly his plane above the PTA barbecue and skywrite a cautionary message: "Pull your head in, Dad." She makes her point that her Dad is sometimes more of an affliction than her muteness. Gleitzman has created a plucky heroine, and readers will enjoy this light, first-person, humorous tale with an Australian tang.?Susan W. Hunter, Riverside Middle School, Springfield, VT
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