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Gr 5-8-Once again, Kevin Spencer (Liar, Liar and Flat Broke) tackles the problems of his world, this time with careful, scientific logic, and no lies. Kevin still has a crush on Tina Zabinski,. He's sure that he is her perfect match, but he won't approach her until he's 100 percent positive that he can win her heart. This doesn't seem likely, since he becomes more awkward and tongue-tied whenever she's around. When handsome and smooth-talking Cash Devine starts moving in on his target, Kevin has to move quickly. Since love is based on chemistry, Kevin decides to set up a series of scientific experiments to help him discover the meaning of love and the way to a girl's heart. While a candlelit dinner for his parents is a disaster and his version of the Cake Walk at the Carnival doesn't quite work out as planned, some seemingly impossible matches do work. Even his jock of a brother and the hockey team members are paired off with lovely figure skaters. Through it all, Kevin is never discouraged, no matter how badly his romantic setups backfire. Joshua Swanson brings Kevin to life with his witty and animated expression, sounding just like an enthusiastic eighth grader in love. Both boys and girls will enjoy Paulsen's novel "study" of young love (Wendy Lamb Bks., 2012), which is totally hilarious and not the least bit mushy.-MaryAnn Karre, West Middle School, Binghamton, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
GARY PAULSEN is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, His most recent books are Flat Broke, Liar, Liar, Lawn Boy Returns, Woods Runner, Masters of Disaster, Notes from the Dog, Mudshark, Lawn Boy, Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day, The Time Hackers, and The Amazing Life of Birds (The Twenty Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech).See all Editorial Reviews
This book is a classical tale of overthinking. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, I could really relate to this book and it was quirky and it inspires confidence.Published 11 months ago by Lisa Saunders
It's a very good book
Social knowledge that is the first choice for middle schoolers.
The only one that has such scientific evidence on girls + boys
My son loved this book. He is in fifth grade and he really could relate even though he is not into girls yet. He breezed through this one fairly quickly.Published 17 months ago by strow
it gave me a lot of advice on how to date word from word and the next day I got a girlfriendPublished 18 months ago by nate
It was a great book but it was really short. I took my time and finished it in a day. It had kind of a sudden ending and all I can say about the ending is...