My Brilliant Idea (And How It Caused My Downfall)

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Meet fifteen-year-old Jack “The Jackdaw” Dawson, a young man with a serious plan. Daydreaming in class one day, Jack gets an idea he knows can't fail: an app that stops you from daydreaming in class. (Ahem . . . ) Fame, glory, and tons of money seem just around the corner. But Jack runs into some trouble, and suddenly this sure thing doesn’t seem quite so sure.
     Ricocheting from the absurd to the profound in his first book for teens, Stuart David uses his extraordinary intelligence and wit to tell the story of a boy trying to scheme his way out from under the weight of his parents’ expectations. Readers will root for The Jackdaw from beginning to end.

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Stuart David is a Scottish musician, songwriter, and writer. He cofounded the band Belle and Sebastian (1996–2000), in which he played bass guitar, and then went on to front Looper (1998–present). He is the author of the novel Nalda Said and the non-fiction work In the All-Night Cafe: A Memoir of Belle and Sebastian's Formative Year.

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Gr 8 Up-Jack "the Jackdaw" Dawson is a 15-year-old "idea man." He has developed a reputation around school as a schemer. While sitting in science class, Jackdaw believes he has come up with "the Big One," an idea that will lead him to fame and fortune. Narrated by Jackdaw, this tale takes readers on an often humorous journey, as he attempts to align everything he needs to make his idea come to fruition. Young adults will find his tone authentic but may have trouble understanding the slang used in his regional dialect. While the title leads readers to believe the book will focus on the idea and how it causes Jackdaw's downfall, it instead focuses primarily on the events leading up to making the idea a reality. There are several characters presented; however, there is very little character development or backstory, which may leave some readers feeling disconnected from Jackdaw's struggles. A secondary plot in which the protagonist deals with the opposite expectations that his mother and father have for him after graduation provides some relatable drama, but a lack of resolution will leave some feeling jaded. VERDICT Those looking for realistic caper-style stories without a lot of backstory or fluff will enjoy this read.-Ashley Leffel, Griffin Middle School, Frisco, TXα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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