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Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me Hardcover – May 12, 2009
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In this first person account, Tamara speaks with a clear and wonderful voice that really captures the petulant anger and confusion of a young girl whose best friend moved away without advance notice or a forwarding address. As she struggles to understand why everyone in the neighborhood is so nice to the boy now living in her former best friend's room, Tamara finds herself bullying the new kid on the block despite his best efforts to become her friend.
I enjoyed this novel and recommend teachers consider it for possible inclusion in a school curriculum. Highly recommended!
To Tamara's mind there's no lying snake in the grass any lower than that strutting, self-assured, blowhard Muscle Man McGinty. That's not his real name, of course. That's just the moniker Tamara gave him to make fun of his skinny, weak little self, but the kid was so pleased with the title that he adopted it on the spot. Tamara has a lot of reasons to hate this kid too. For one thing he's the foster kid that replaced her best friend Kebsie. Kebsie and her mom moved away recently and Tamara hasn't heard a thing from her. Her parents hardly talk to her, her brother's constantly fighting with her dad, and now here on top of everything is Muscle Man trying to weasel his way into everyone's affections.Read more ›
I could connect with all the characters in the book. First there was Tamara, a 10-yr-old girl who loses her best friend after she moves away, "Muscle Man", the new neighbor who moved into Tamara's friend's house, and all the other kids on Ramble Street.
The story is filled with happiness, sadness, and interesting mysteries. Good things happen to Tamara, like her brother coming home from college. And bad things too because her best friend moved away from the neighborhood without any notice. I really liked how Tamara tried to find out where her friend moved away, it was a mystery she couldn't figure out.
As a 10-yr-old myself, my life is filled with all kinds of emotions also, that's what I liked about this book, a young reader can connect with the characters. I liked trying to find out if all the lies told by "Muscle Man" were true or not.
I found out that this was Nan Marino's first book, and I thought it was amazing. I read it in a couple days because I was interested and didn't want to stop reading. As you can see from my review, this is definitely a book I will remember.
Leigha writes: I like the part in the book when Muscle Man and the other team plays kickball and the score is 43 to nothing. Muscle Man is a liar and he is bad at kickball. Tamara is good at kickball and hates Muscle Man because he has taken the place of her friend Kebsie. You should read this book because it is awesome!
One of the very best things about this book was the narrator -- Tamara Ann Simpson. She is a 10 year old girl and just a wonderful storyteller, not to mention extremely funny. When her best friend moves away and a new boy moves into her house, Tamara isn't willing to cut him a break for anything. As she learns more about Muscle Man's past, she not only discovers things about him, but she also discovers things about herself. It is a treat just to see Tamara mature throughout this novel.
Nan Marino is a librarian, and NEIL ARMSTRONG IS MY UNCLE is her first novel. Ms. Marino grew up in the same area that this book takes place; and I have a feeling that a lot of the story is based on things that happened in her own life. I was so impressed with how she told this story -- it's hard to believe it's her first novel -- because she not only made me laugh, but she made me cry. Ms. Marino has a fantastic website which tells you more about her and her book. There is also a section which tells you what was real in this novel, like the Moon Landing and the Vietnam War; and it even gives you links where you can learn more about these events.Read more ›
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A delightful story of a young girl growing up in the age of men on the moon. The author understands young people. A gifted writer.Published 13 months ago by Lavon C. Hall
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There is nothing more than I can say about this book, except... THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! This book is great for what my mom said in the title. Read more
Tamara is a young girl who has trouble with one of the Grabowsky`s Muscle Man. This selection takes place on July of 1969 when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon. Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by Jason Reichel
The book was very good. You want ratings and then you require a certain amount. I don't like that. Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by elmicam
Watching this young girl learn and grow - in the crazy context of the 60's - was inspiring and heart breaking and one of the finest books I've read in a long time. Read morePublished on March 31, 2013 by Victoria C. Beck
My 9 year-old son said "It's just okay. I like the "Trouble with Chickens" better." He is a very good reader and read all of the books on the Sunshine State reader... Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by Michelle Anderson
It was good but the begging was kinda of boring but when I got to the middle of the book it was really good!!! :)Published on March 4, 2013 by Jennifer Porter
Loved this book.I love kickball.Best results.Best way of explaining the book.Best Battle book that I have read.Love Neil Armstrong.Best yet.Published on February 21, 2013 by MotleyDan