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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (June 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385733941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385733946
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,412,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Reversal, what 14-year-old Sherman Thuff calls vomiting, plays a major role in this attenuated story about a boy who plans to become the fastest, richest, most famous competitive eater in the world—an ambition born of watching The Glutton Bowl on TV. Setting his sights on a July 4th hot-dog eating contest, Shermie enlists his friends as trainers, then engages in a cycle of gorging and reversals that come in for prodigiously detailed descriptions. Conveniently, Shermie's science teacher assigns an experiment that familiarizes him with butyric acid, which smells like vomit. Puke. Throw-up, a passage typical of the sensibility at work. Other ham-handed scenes at Del Heiny Junior High, named for the ketchup manufacturer that serves as its corporate sponsor, revolve around attacks by anonymous Mustard Taggers. Halverson (Honk if You Hate Me) tries to build up the mystery of who's behind the mustard revolt but the absurdity of this ketchup vs. mustard feud fizzles any real tension. By the time she rolls around to her point, that boys suffer from eating disorders, too, the audience may have checked out. Ages 10–up. (June)
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From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up—By day, chunky 14-year-old Shermie Thuff works in his grandfather's ice-cream parlor, but at night he dreams of reaching competitive-eating stardom. Only thing is, he can't handle more than 10 hot dogs before he barfs, literally. To break the record, he deduces he's got to lose weight fast, so he enlists his friend Gardo, a member of the school wrestling team, to help him drop the pounds. The story is a subtle cautionary oddity that's probably too long for its own good, and has a niche audience, particularly with the competitive-eating theme. On a broader scale, it's a story of a young sportsman with an eating disorder, which is a rare find in teen fiction. The only trouble is that the plot is probably much too winding to reach this audience, and, instead, will likely find its place among a much younger crowd, who may or may not be patient enough to sit through Shermie's huffing-and-puffing inner dialogue. The gross-out factor promises plenty of puke, however, and that may be enough in itself to hook readers.—Hillias J. Martin, New York Public Library
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More About the Author

Deborah Halverson is the award-winning author of WRITING YOUNG ADULT FICTION FOR DUMMIES and the forthcoming WRITING NEW ADULT FICTION, as well as the founder of the popular writers' advice website DearEditor.com. Deborah edited young adult and children's fiction with Harcourt Children's Books before picking up a pen to write the teen novels HONK IF YOU HATE ME and BIG MOUTH, the picture book LETTERS TO SANTA, and three struggling reader books for the "Remix" series. She speaks extensively at workshops and conferences for writers and freelance edits adult fiction and nonfiction while specializing in teen fiction and picture books.

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This is a captivating, funny story.
3xthefunmommy
And it is really gross at times, which is awesome!
Moweevil
Great swift read for both girls and boys.
mom4dau

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mom4dau on April 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is an tale of how a young person deals with the weighty pressures of everyday life. Not only is the story amusing, it also emphasizes the need to set goals and the battles sometimes required to reach them. Great swift read for both girls and boys.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Jenster on April 7, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Bought this book for a teenage relative and we read it, together. We both enjoyed the story of Shermie and his big dreams. We also learned quite a lot about the kind of "training" that goes in to eating contests. This book was highly informative, humorous and well written. Definitely a great read for the young (and young at heart!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. B. on June 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my 12 year old granddaughter but before I gave it to her I thought I would skim through it myself. Well, Shermie's story grabbed me immediately and I read the whole thing - often gagging at some of the highly descriptive and gross "training" scenes. I liked the characters, the story, the writing style and the several subtle messages about how to tackle some of the problems we all face growing up. And, it cracked me up - laughing out loud - several times, always a nice surprise in a book. Because of "Big Mouth" we made a point of watching the National Hot Dog Eating Contest on TV - gagging all the way through - just watching and thinking about Shermie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reading Mom on June 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
We bought this for our teen son since it looked like something that might interest him. He enjoyed it. We picked it up for a fun read - and it was!
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