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Donutheart Hardcover – October 10, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 870L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (October 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375832750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375832758
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,047,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5–8-Franklin Delano Donuthead, the eponymous hero of Donuthead (Knopf, 2003), is back, as are all of the other characters from the first book. Now in middle school, Franklin is still obsessed with hygiene, cleanliness, and safety, and Sarah is still living a hard-knock life. The plot this time centers around whether Sarah will wear pants or the customary skirt for her figure-skating performance, and whether Franklin will find the courage and self-reliance to rescue her from her aunt. Readers who aren't familiar with the first book will be totally lost. Stick with Gordon Korman's No More Dead Dogs (Hyperion, 2000), a more amusing choice about a male protagonist.—Nancy Brown, Fox Lane High School, Bedford, NY
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In this sequel to Donuthead (2003), smart, obsessive Franklin has made it to middle school, where he quickly discovers that his goals to stay healthy, improve mentally, and avoid risk are in danger--from germs as well as lunchroom bullies ("Fitting in with my peers was as important . . . as washing one's hands regularly"). All is not lost, however; Franklin finds the courage to travel on a germ-filled bus to rescue his friend Sarah, whose drunken dad has been arrested. Whether trying to use the urinal ("who decided that boys need less privacy than girls?") or obsessing about germs, the identity of his father, his mother's new boyfriend, or his crush on a classmate ("for the hundredth time that day thinking about not thinking about Glynnis"), he is a character readers will like, and his trials are a wry, touching commentary on middle-school survival. Hazel Rochman
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F. Scott Fitzgerald said, "Growing up is a terribly hard thing to do. It is much better to skip it and go from one childhood to another." So, I tried growing up and it didn't suit me as well as going from one childhood to another. Which is to say, that to write children's books is to stay in touch with childhood. Which is to say, it's not a bad thing to stay in touch with the child-like senses of wonder and delight.

So I think I will. My recently redone website will introduce young readers to my books and to my weblog about developing your own creative spirit and rekindling or nourishing your sense of wonder and delight.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Sue Stauffacher, a Michigan native to rival the likes of Lynne Rae Perkins, is a darling of librarians and teachers nationwide. Bursting onto the children's literary scene with the can't-recommend-it-enough, Donuthead, Stauffacher came out swinging and hasn't had a bum book to her name yet. All the more reason to feel nervous about sequels, then. In many a librarian's mind, "Donuthead", takes on a kind of global significance. It's the funny kids book that earns instant and unequivocal loyalty. So when I, personally, heard that there was going to be a sequel and that it was called Donutheart, I thrilled to the very core of my bones. I was also deeply frightened. If it wasn't as good as its predecessor, was I going to have to rethink my single-minded Stauffacher-love? Happily the answer is an emphatic, "nuh-uh". Admittedly, "Donutheart", doesn't have the heartwrenching punch of its predecessor. On the other hand, it's still one of the best danged children's books of this or any other year.

Everyone's favorite sensitive, asymmetrical guy is back. Franklin Delano Donuthead is just as fixated on measuring his arms and legs every night, washing his hands three times to the tune of Happy Birthday, and calling up his favorite chief statistician at the Washington D.C. National Safety Department whenever he gets a chance. Because of earlier events, however, he is also the good friend and perpetual buddy of Sarah Kervick. Sarah has become particularly adept at figure skating and the two have worked out a system. Donuthead will keep her grades above a 2.0 and Sarah will protect him from bullies. Now, however, our extraordinarily stressed narrator has a whole new world to navigate. Middle school.
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