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The Stupendous Dodgeball Fiasco Hardcover – October 21, 2004


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  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; 1st edition (October 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525473467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525473466
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,277,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 4-6–Phillip Stanislaw, black sheep of his circus family, convinces his parents to let him stay with his Aunt Veola and Uncle Felix in Hardingtown, the unofficial Dodgeball Capital of the World. The 11-year-old soon discovers that a "normal life" isn't necessarily problem-free. Gym class at Hardingtown Middle School is a never-ending monotony of the town's favorite sport, made worse by both the merciless coach and the school bully/dodgeball champ. Phillip wants to protest the violent sport and decides the best way to do so is in court. With the help of a blind lawyer, he takes on the town's beloved pastime, in the process learning to appreciate his background. While the book is not entirely believable (dodgeballs fall from the sky and hit the judge on the head at a crucial moment), its subject matter (sports, bullies, and circuses) couldn't be more appealing to kids, and the humorous situations will keep the pages turning. Most of the characters achieve respectable depth, and readers will cheer Phillip's desire to stand up for others and improve his school's morale. Pair this with Carol Gorman's Dork on the Run (HarperCollins, 2002) or Doug Wilhelm's The Revealers (Farrar, 2003) for a bullying bibliography that kids will gladly read. Or, try giving it to fans of Kate Klise's Trial by Journal (HarperCollins, 2001) for another dose of kids in courtroom drama.–Caitlin Augusta, The Darien Library, CT
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Gr. 5-7. Phillip Stanislaw wants to escape the circus where his parents are performers. His aunt and uncle agree to take him in, and Phillip is enrolled as a sixth-grader at Hardingtown Middle School. Hardingtown bills itself as the Unofficial Dodgeball Capital of the World (thanks to the dodgeball factory that is located in the town). Much to his displeasure, Phillip learns that every gym class features a sadistic form of the game. After his glasses are broken from a ball thrown by the mean-spirited coach's daughter, Phillip decides to sue for damages and ends up serving as his own lawyer. The plot of this first novel walks a tightrope between wackiness and earnestness, and when some implausible twists are added at the end, the plot threatens to topple over. Yet many young readers will enjoy the funny lines and situations and will come away admiring the spunky central character. Todd Morning
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
THE STUPENDOUS DODGEBALL FIASCO IS TOTALLY AIR HEADED AND FOR PEOPLE WHO... WE'LL GET TO THAT LATER. THIS BOOK IS BY JANICE REPKA. THE MAIN CHARACTER IS PHILLIP EDWARD STAINSLAW. HE IS A CIRCUS BOY. HE WAS ACTUALLY BORN INTO A CIRCUS. NOW I THINK THAT'S TOTALLY AWESOME AND OUTSTANDING... BUT NOT PHILLIP. HE THINKS IT'S MISERABLE. NOW I KNOW THAT MOST BOOKS START OUT WITH A BORING BEGINNING, BELIEVE ME!!! BUT NOT WITH THIS BOOK, JUST START THE FIRST SENTENCE OF THE BOOK AND WALLA, IT'S CAPTURED YOUR ATTENTION. ANYWAY BACK TO THE STORY, PHILLIP'S JOB IN THE CIRCUS IS TO.... OH MY GOSH THIS IS FUNNY, HIS JOB IS TO SCOOP UP ELEPHANT DROPPINGS WITH A POOPER-SCOOPER. NOW THE PROBLEM OF THIS "STORY" OR AS I WOULD SAY IT A "COMICS" IS THAT YOUNG PHILLIP DOESN'T LIKE LIVING IN A CIRCUS AS A CIRCUS BOY. FOR HIS BIRTHDAY, WHICH JUST PASSED, HE GOT A SWALLOWING SWORD. HOW WEIRD IS THAT. MOST KIDS WANT A DIRTBIKE OR A XBOX OR VIDEO GAMES. PHILLIP GOES TO LIVE WITH HIS AUNT AND UNCLE. THATS WHERE THE REAL STORY STARTS, IN HARDINGTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL. I WOULD RECOMEND THIS STORY TO PEOPLE WHO LIKE SPORTS AND ACTION. I WOULD RATE THIS BOOK A 5 STAR BOOK BECAUSE OF THE PLOT AND THE RESOLUTION. WHEN YOU FIND OUT THE RESOLUTION YOU WON'T PUT THIS STORY DOWN.

GOOD LUCK BOOK LOVERS. THANKS FOR READING MY REVIEW
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alyice Edrich on May 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The Stupendous Dodgeball Fiasco is a must read for every pre-teen in the country. Not just because it's a cute story filled with wonderful insight into the lives of circus people, but because it's a book about finding one's own niche in the word, believing one deserves better than life's circumstances, standing up for oneself, and really, it's about standing up for others when they're too afraid to stand up for themselves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robbin B. Brophy on November 25, 2008
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My 10 year old son and I picked this book for his book club. We had our meeting after the boys read the book and they absolutely loved the book. It was funny, suspenseful and as a parent, I felt it had really good messages about making tough decisions, not giving up and doing the right thing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 3, 2009
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My favorite book is THE STUPENDOUS DODGEBALL FIASCO written by Janice Repka. This type of book would be best described as a realistic fictional story. A few of the main characters are: Phillip, Phillip's Aunt and Uncle, and B.B. Tyson. This story takes place in a circus and at an elementary school. One of my favorite scenes in this book is when Phillip's Uncle was talking about the dodgeball factory because I thought the information was interesting.
I recommend this book to people who like to play and watch dodgeball.
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