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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling (March 15, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440442079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440442073
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's tough for eleven-year-old Ned to stop eating. At four-feet-eight inches tall he weighs one hundred and nine pounds, and he keeps growing--wider. When his pareents send him to a summer diet camp, he and his bunkmates can't quite give up their old habits. The joys of candy and doughnuts are so appealing that "cheating" adventures seems to be the only answer. The problem, of course, is how to lose weight and keep eating sweets. When Ned finally realizes that there is only one way to lose weight for good, his whole family is glad to help, except Grandma. How can he resist temptation without hurting his grandma and himself?

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Robert Kimmel Smith began dreaming of becoming a writer at the age of eight, when he spent three months in bed reading while recovering from rheumatic fever. He enrolled in Brooklyn College in 1947, and served in the U.S. Army, in Germany. In 1954 he married Claire Medney, his editor and literary agent. They have two children: Heidi and Roger. After writing advertising copy, Robert Kimmel Smith became a full-time writer in 1970. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cool Jersey Girl on May 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
I was about the same age as the fictional Ned when this book first came out in the 1980's. And, like Ned, I also battled my weight. I thoroughly enjoyed the book then, and I would highly recommend it now. Robert Kimmel Smith takes on the complex problem of weight management and presents it in a humorous and age-appropriate manner, without being preachy or simplistic. Although some readers complained that the writing style was "dated," the material is even more relevant today since the problem of childhood obesity has gotten worse, not better, over the last twenty years.

Ned is eleven-years-old and has a loving family, great friends, an active school life...and an extra thirty pounds hanging off his slight frame. That excess weight has become the main focus in Ned's life, as he tries to reconcile all the conflicting messages from everyone around him: his parents, who want to help him knock off the pounds and be healthy; his grandma, who equates love with feeding her family yummy homemade treats; his schoolmates, who taunt him with cries of "Jelly Belly!"; and his newfound friends at summer camp who are resentful of being sent to diet camp and rebel by concocting schemes to sneak in contraband goodies.

The bulk of the story takes place at Camp Lean-Too, a summer diet camp where the goal is to lose weight and also gain a new healthy lifestyle. To give Ned a jump start on losing weight, his parents decide to send him to Camp Lean-Too, instead of the summer camp Ned normally goes to with his friends. Ned arrives at Camp Lean-Too angry and depressed, missing his old camp. Almost immediately he befriends three of his new bunkmates--Richard, Darrell ("Hog"), and Max.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book was about a boy named Nathaniel but they called him "Ned", he was too fat. He was so scared to mean people, and also to a boy at school, and that's why he couldn't take the bus anymore. One day his parents told him that he was going to a camp to lose pounds. He didn't like the idea, but he had to do it. At camp he met a lot of friends and he lost 14 pounds. When he went to camp his weight was 114 punds, so now he was 100 pounds. When he came back from camp, his dad told him that if his weight was 75 pounds, he would take all the family to Disney World. You should read the book to find out if his dad took them to Disney World. I recommend it a lot... Its cool!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 30, 2002
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Funny, yet sometimes I wonder why I even read a book a fat kid trying to lose weight. The only answer is that it is funny, exciting, interesting, and suspenseful. You sometimes feel as if you really are Nathaniel.... well, better not give the whole story away, so I'll just finish it.
IT IS A GREAT, SUPER, AWESOME, INCREDIBLE, FANTASTIC BOOK!!! YOU ARE NOT WASTING A PENNY ON IT!!! BELIEVE ME!!! (but not my sister)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
I read this book in elementary school, just after it was reissued in 1983. Kids, this was one of my favorite books all through school-- and I remember it to this day!
I think "Jelly Belly" has an important lesson about balance. Ned has to learn how to balance eating with moderation-- not eating too much, or too often.
He has to balance this healthy lifestyle with the influences all around him-- including eating a different meal in front of his family, who can eat foods with oil and fat.
And he has to balance his need to diet with not hurting his grandmother's feelings, because when he can't eat the treats she makes him, she feels really sad and like Ned doesn't love her. She and Ned BOTH need to learn about his new diet and understand that, although it is tough to stick to, it will make him feel better.
Many kids have to deal with something that makes them different and that other people just don't understand. That's what this story is really about-- not just about dieting.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did when I was your age.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 3, 2005
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Nathaniel is an 11 year old kid, but his parents named him Ned. Ned lives in a blue house. Ned weighs 114 pounds. Ned is overweight, thus the title. Ned went to camp Lean-Too, because his parents made him go. Ned lost 14 pounds. Ned hated the food at camp. Ned got out of camp; his dad said if you lose 25 more pounds, we will go to Disney World. Will Ned go to Disney World? I recommend this book to all readers. This book is hilarious.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 26, 2002
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Jelly Belly is a good book about balance. It's a little bit old...try ,like, 15 years, but is okay. Ned dealing with his weight problem makes readers sympathize with him. He wants to get thin, but he eats and snacks way too much. Then he gets sent to a "fat farm" and meets some new friends. The rest of the book has a very "diary" feel to it, with Ned talking about his weight "changes" (I'm just going to leave it at that...)
The book has a very dated feel to it, thanks to the rather HORRIBLE, cartoony, exagerated, and mis-informed illustrations and the laughable character relationships. For instance, at the "family day" at camp, Ned says "sucks". His dad corrects him...that's pretty 1986. All in all, an okay fat story.
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