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The Case of the Prank that Stank #1 (Wright & Wong) Paperback – April 21, 2005

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Gr. 5-8. Although they couldn't be more different, Agatha Wong and Orville Wright have been friends since second grade, when Agatha defended Orville from bullies. Enthusiastic Agatha loves people, and being on the bottom rung of the school popularity ladder drives her crazy. Orville, who has Asperger's syndrome, prefers calm and quiet. He is brilliant when it comes to math and science, but emotions make no sense to him. The kids' complementary skills, and their friendship, are tested after a school prank goes awry. Occasional spikes of situational humor and a recognizable junior-high milieu add some flash to the formulaic plot, but the likable, blundering sleuths are the real success here. Perceptive characterizations allow readers to peek at the kids from the inside out, and the authors' careful, but never intrusive, exploration of Asperger's presents a multidimensional view of a condition that's receiving increased attention in both life and literature. A solid beginning for a new series, called--you guessed it--Wright & Wong. Stephanie Zvirin
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Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz are co-creators of the Roswell High book series which is the basis for the television series, Roswell.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Wright & Wong (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (April 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159514014X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595140142
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,677,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book because of my twelve-year-old grandson who has Asperger's Syndrome. Even though it is written for the juvenile reader, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The two main characters, middle schoolers, Agatha Wong and Orville Wright (named for the famous aviator), become sleuths while trying to clear their name for a prank that was blamed on them. In the meantime Agatha is trying to break into the "with-it" crowd while Orville is merely using his Asperger's mind to calculate everything from the number of minutes and seconds the prank started to the similarities between the culprit's face and that of the school handyman. (You have to read it to see how that is important.) Since Agatha is Orville's best and only friend, he does everything he can to assist in the process. Even though I doubt this series will become a classic, it is well worth the read,
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharlene Franks on October 28, 2006
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The first installment of a children's detective series, a la "Encyclopedia Brown" or "Nancy Drew", the twist with "Wright and Wong" is that B. Orville Wright has Asperger's Syndrome. The book is fairly standard junior detective fare, but the way that it slips back and forth between the perspective of Orville and his normal best friend, Agatha Wong, makes it special. Each of the kids has a distinct personality, and they both have strengths and weaknesses. Orville's disability is not treated as part of who he is, not as a crippling cause for devastation and unhappiness. For example:

...Orville had this annoying habit of not saying anything if he didn't think he had anything to say.

Nana Wong was always telling Agatha it was an annoying habit she should develop.

Written for the same age as the "Goosebumps" series, "Wright and Wong" lacks grossness but has plenty of middle school drama, from a handsome jock to class warfare with the rival school, and a football field that goes up in flames and takes Agatha's dreams of popularity with it. Definitely a great book to recommend for middle schoolers.
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