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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (January 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380810123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380810123
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #649,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Gutman's (Babe and Me) latest novel introduces a 13-year-old with a career that kids will surely find cool: he's a "stuntkid," performing daring feats on behalf of Ricky Corvette, a teen movie star and heartthrob. Johnny's father, a legendary stuntman, allegedly died three years earlier while filming a daring maneuver over Niagara Falls. The plot moves between Johnny's stints on the set of New York Nightmare (including some behind-the-scenes revelations about pulling off seemingly impossible stunts) and his non-working life, which entails being roughed-up by the school bully. The boy's flip, first-person narrative will endear him to readers ("I was having such a good time that I nearly forgot to open my parachute. This can be dangerous, as you might imagine"). The tale culminates in a dangerous stunt atAwhere elseANiagara Falls, and though the credibility of Gutman's plot crumbles (Johnny's long-lost father appears on the set, begging his son to forgo the stunt; Ricky Corvette suddenly decides, for the first time ever, to perform his own action scene, and breaks both his arms and legs in the process), the author sets the scene for a sappy Hollywood ending, and a kid-pleasing wrap. Ages 8-12. (July)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Gr 3-7-A fluffy read with a truly preposterous plot that requires suspension of disbelief at almost every turn. However, because of these very liabilities, the story will hook older reluctant readers. Johnny Thyme, 13, does all the stunts, or "gags," for all-American teen idol Ricky Corvette. Ricky wants the public to think that he does all of his own stunts, so Johnny's contract requires that he tell no one what he does. It also prevents him from fighting, going to gym class, or anything else that might cause him bodily injury. This creates problems when a bully begins extorting money from him. The only real plot development occurs near the end when Johnny is to perform a Niagara Falls stunt that killed his father. It turns out, though, that Johnny's father is not dead at all, but was just badly injured, and disappeared for some pretty contrived reasons. Johnny stands up to Ricky Corvette for the first time, Ricky's movie career ends as he is injured doing the Niagara Falls gag, and Johnny becomes a star in his own right. The details of the stunt work seem well researched and ring true, even if readers don't believe for a minute that a child would be allowed to do what is described in the book. Still, there are some laugh-out-loud moments, and the action will appeal to readers wanting high-interest, low-reading-level material.-Tim Wadham, Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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I read this book aloud every year to my new 5th grade class.
Mark Belair
I read it in two sittings, and then went back and reread it because it was so fun.
Steven R. McEvoy
Books by Dan Gutman are the only books that I can't put down.
Edward L Ganiere

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joanne A. Morris on January 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
Our fifth graders have overwhelming chosen this book as their all time favorite. We have been reading it for 2 years now, and the class reaction is always the same. It's such a shame that it wasn't promoted as well as Dan's other books. It is definitely his best.
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By Steven R. McEvoy on August 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
Dan Gutman has written over 100 books, this was the sixth book by Dan that I have read and with each one I have a greater respect for his skill, talent and diversity as a writer. This was a great story that I could not put down. I read it in two sittings, and then went back and reread it because it was so fun. It's is a great story that children and some parents or older readers will really enjoy. I mean how awesome is a book that begins with jumping off the Empire State building. In some ways reading this is like reading a back story to the Mission Impossible movies, but with a kid 13 year old kid as the action hero, and man does he love his action.

Johnny thyme aka Johnny Hangtime is a stunt man, or really a stunk kid. You won't see his name in the credits because he is sworn to secrecy about the stunts he does for the handsome and famous Ricky Corvette! His contract is so severe he can't go to gym class, school dances or anything that could prevent him from doing stunts or as they call it pulling a gag. But this latest film has a gag that just might be too much. Johnny's dad was one of the all-time best stuntmen, who perished trying to go over Niagara Falls. Now Johnny has been asked to do the same.

This story has a number of plot twists that took me by surprise. It was an incredibly enjoyable read. My highest rating for a book is my level of desire to share it with my kids. This I one I know they will love when they are older, and I will enjoy rereading with them!

Another great book by an amazing author!
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By Steven R. McEvoy on August 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
Dan Gutman has written over 100 books, this was the sixth book by Dan that I have read and with each one I have a greater respect for his skill, talent and diversity as a writer. This was a great story that I could not put down. I read it in two sittings, and then went back and reread it because it was so fun. It's is a great story that children and some parents or older readers will really enjoy. I mean how awesome is a book that begins with jumping off the Empire State building. In some ways reading this is like reading a back story to the Mission Impossible movies, but with a kid 13 year old kid as the action hero, and man does he love his action.

Johnny thyme aka Johnny Hangtime is a stunt man, or really a stunk kid. You won't see his name in the credits because he is sworn to secrecy about the stunts he does for the handsome and famous Ricky Corvette! His contract is so severe he can't go to gym class, school dances or anything that could prevent him from doing stunts or as they call it pulling a gag. But this latest film has a gag that just might be too much. Johnny's dad was one of the all-time best stuntmen, who perished trying to go over Niagara Falls. Now Johnny has been asked to do the same.

This story has a number of plot twists that took me by surprise. It was an incredibly enjoyable read. My highest rating for a book is my level of desire to share it with my kids. This I one I know they will love when they are older, and I will enjoy rereading with them!

Another great book by an amazing author!
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By Edward L Ganiere on January 6, 2013
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Simply amazing just amazing.Books by Dan Gutman are the only books that I can't put down.If only they made six star ratings so I could put this book down as one.I recommend this book to anyone.Johnny Hangtime is an awesome book.
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This is hard. I'm a pretty regular Jersey guy who spent fifteen years trying to write newspaper articles, magazine articles, screenplays, books for adults, and just about everything else before I discovered the one thing I'm good at--writing fiction for kids. I aim for kids who DON'T like to read, and hopefully the kids who DO like to read will enjoy my stuff too. For all the gory details about me, check out my web site.

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