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The Downside of Being Up Hardcover – September 15, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (September 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399254986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399254987
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,016,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alan Lawrence Sitomer, an award-winning inner-city high school English teacher, is also the acclaimed author of four young adult novels: The Hoopster, Hip-Hop High School, Homeboyz and The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Alan Lawrence Sitomer is California's 2007 Teacher of the Year. In addition to being an inner-city high school English teacher and former professor in the Graduate School of Education at Loyola Marymount University, Mr. Sitomer is a nationally renowned speaker specializing in engaging reluctant readers who received the 2004 award for Classroom Excellence from the Southern California Teachers of English and the 2003 Teacher of the Year honor from California Literacy. In April 2007, Alan was named Educator of the Year by Loyola Marymount University and in February 2008 The Insight Education Group named Alan Lawrence Sitomer the Innovative Educator of the Year.

Mr. Sitomer has also authored four young adult novels published by Disney, which include The Hoopster, Hip-Hop High School, Homeboyz and The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez.

The American Library Association named Homeboyz a Top Ten Book of the Year 2008, receiving the prestigious ALA Quick Pick Recognition for young adult novel which best engages reluctant readers. The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez was also been nominated for the same award.

Alan is the author of Hip-Hop Poetry & the Classics, a text being used in classrooms across the United States to illuminate classic poetry through hip-hop in order to engage disengaged students in both poetry and academics.

Additionally, Mr. Sitomer has just written a teacher's methodology book for Scholastic titled Teaching Teens & Reaping Results: In a Wi-Fi, Hip-Hop, Where-Has-All-The-Sanity-Gone World.

Most recently, Mr. Sitomer has authored The Alan Sitomer BookJam.

BookJams have been designed to nail core language arts standards, raise test scores, and return teachers to a position of strength. By bringing real books back into the classroom through a student-centric approach to learning in order to achieve core curriculum objectives, teachers can utilize all the tools Alan utilizes in his own classroom each and every day. BookJams are literally "straight out of Alan's private filing cabinet" and include a host of core, standards-based activities and lesson plans as well as a dynamic spectrum of 21st-century, hands-on learning projects. Intelligent grading rubrics, differentiated assessments and award-winning literature are all included.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dennis on October 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book to share with my 14 year old son. I really like Sitomer and I was hoping this would be a vehicle to open conversation between my son and I.

I was a bit disappointed that the voice of the protagonist in the story is much younger sounding that even 12-14. He's in middle school but comes across as a 6th grader at best. 11 years old tops. For any boy slightly older or mature than that it's not going to speak to him. Also, while Sitomer approaches this topic bravely and cleverly, there's a lot missing in my opinion... like what boys might do when they are "up" and when, why, where that might be appropriate...

I don't think there's anything else on the market like this, so hats off to Sitomer for writing the book and getting it started... I hope someone picks pu where he left off
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ML on September 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"The Downside of Being Up" is a really well written book and extremely hilarious. The author (Alan Sitomer) has written a book that teenage boys can totally relate to, and can be engaged in from start to finish. I highly reccommend it to any teen who wants a hilarious tale of a teenager trying to survive middle school and adolescence. Three words: Correctional Erectional Therapy. And that's just some of the humor a reader can expect from the 13-year old main character. Mr. Sitomer has just the best writing style that keeps you interested and wanting to keep going in the story. He also writes for a teenager in a way you know he's not talking "down" to you--he's making the story in a way that makes you see the humor in what could be a really awkward time in a boys' life. I hope there are more of these stories to come!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lexi on September 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
i couldn't stop laughing while reading this book. i thought it really captures what being a boy is like every during adolescence. i think it helps with the penis problem and letting a guy know it happens to everyone and they are not alone. i read this book twine and probably going to read like 7 more times. this book was like watching the most funniest show you have every watched in your life but in a book form. i would recommend this book to any guy who is confused about the process of erection and this will give them more clarity in an enjoyable way. after this book i am definitely an Alan Lawrence Sitomer fan!!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christine Weingarten on November 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm sure that this is a great book for a middle school boy but... not in a Middle School library.
Go and read the first couple pages of this book's preview pages.

This book was brought to us at the circulation desk by a mature male student objecting to the content.
You need to read that preview to determine if this is appropriate for your reader(s).
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Samantha McManus on April 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Unless you are a middle school boy who is obsessed with your penis and its apparently uncontrollable and erratic behavior, then this is not the book for you. The Downside of Being Up (and no, unfortunately I didn't get the title, being a 40-something school librarian sans penis) is about thirteen-year-old Bobby Conner, who is in trouble because of his penis problem. Specifically, he had one of those unfortunate school day erections that he just could not cover. Instead, his whole math class was assaulted by the site of the "Crayola tent" in his pants. His teacher, who supposedly has been a middle school teacher since before dinosaurs roamed the earth, is so shocked that she falls backward and is rendered unconscious. Because of this unfortunate incident, Bobby is charged with "flaunting" his penis at school, which is reason for expulsion. To avoid expulsion, and helping his grandpa clean the lint from his belly button, Bobby agrees to "correctional erectional analysis" otherwise known as seeing the school guidance counselor. Lucky Bobby! The result is Alan Sitomer's novel. In this novel, Bobby chronicles his penile misadventures, which go hand-in-hand (no snickering) with normal middle school life. Bobby is bullied, he falls in love, he screws up everything, he gets at least 18 misguided erections a day, etc., etc. Are there any redeeming qualities? Yes, if you want to learn 120 ways (just an estimate) to refer to the penis or an erection, enjoy reading about grandpas looking at grandma boobs online, are interested in teaching a cockroach to carry a booger, or need to brush up on your bullying techniques. Otherwise, again, unless you are a middle school boy, you can skip this one.
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