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A wise guy gets wise
The school year is almost over, and Alex Ryan still has plenty of pranks to pull and jokes to tell. Then his dad attends the meeting about the seventh-grade outdoor education trip. Alex knows nothing good can come of this -- Mr. Ryan is a jester, too, and the butt of his funny stories is often Alex. Still, Alex is not prepared for the comment that mortifies him in front of pretty, popular Marcia Faitak, his friend Dave Barnett, and the rest of his classmates. When Marcia tries to comfort him, Alex pounces on her. Marcia crumples, and Alex sets out to make up for his remark, even as he struggles to understand what impelled it. When all his attempts at reconciliation fail, Alex conceives a plan, to be executed during the outdoor ed trip. A surefire attention-getter, this should bring Marcia around, entertain Dave, and impress Alex’s father. But is this really what Alex wants to do?
In the fourth book about the kids at West Creek Middle School, readers will root for Alex Ryan as he discovers his true self, and the wisest way to handle the most oppressive person in his life -- his own father.
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Claudia Mills is the author of Losers, Inc.,You’re a Brave Man, Julius Zimmerman, and Lizzie at Last, as well as many other books for young readers. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Gr. 4-7. In this fourth entry in the West Creek Middle School series, a follow-up to Lizzie at Last (2000), Mills focuses on Alex Ryan, class clown and prankster of the seventh grade. Alex's Dad has volunteered to chaperone the students on an outdoor education experience, and Alex is upset because he's often the brunt of his father's caustic humor. Meanwhile, in a futile attempt to convey his admiration for the pretty, popular Marcia Faitak, Alex manages to completely insult her. His efforts to repair the damage include a stunt involving a fake rattlesnake, which results in Marcia's breaking her leg and Alex mistakenly being hailed as a hero for rescuing her. Eventually the truth comes out and Alex learns from his behavior, even as his father remains completely clueless about his own. Mills has a great ear for middle-school dialogue, and her characters ring true. Readers are sure to identify with Alex, his friends, and the problems they face and will appreciate that, at least in Mill's world, these problems can be solved. This book can stand alone, but expect requests for the previous titles in this humorous series. Kay Weisman
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Book Description Farrar Straus Giroux, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 33286
Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 2003. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0374346550
Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110374346550