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The (Short) Story of My Life Hardcover – April 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802789056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802789051
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,500,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-7–Sixth-grader Michael Jordan is the shortest boy in his class. As he begins middle school, he is obsessed with his height. His younger sister is the same size as him, and his older brother is a star on the school soccer team. Luckily, he has a grandma and grandpa who add humor and wisdom to his feelings of low self-esteem and a supportive best friend. Bullies try to beat him up, but others find Michael to be a good guy, including an attractive eighth grader who seems interested in him. He constantly worries about his height in his journal entries for English class, and his insightful teacher helps him explore his feelings through his writing. The novel includes a positive twist; when one of the bullies is trapped in a drainage pipe, his rescue depends on finding someone who is small enough to get into the tight space. Of course Michael becomes the hero, and rises above his desire for revenge against the boy. In doing so, he sees that there is a special role for everyone, and a way to shine. This theme is explored with humor and sensitivity. While the book is somewhat predictable, and the journaling device seems a bit convenient, there is humor, warmth in the relationships, and a reality that balances the story.–JoAnn Jonas, Chula Vista Public Library, San Diego, CA
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From Booklist

Gr. 4-6. Sixth-grader Michael "Mike" Jordan isn't named after the basketball star, but as the shortest kid in class, his name brings some teasing. Being mistaken for his younger sister's twin and being put in the front for school pictures doesn't help. Along the way, Mike meets eighth-grader Macy, who seems to like him even though he's shorter than she is, and he must face a school bully who won't leave him alone. Navigating school and life isn't always easy, but with his supportive family and his best friend, Ben, Mike gains perspective and confidence, ultimately learning that standing tall has nothing to do with size. The author of Dear Mrs. Ryan, You're Ruining My Life (2000) approaches familiar childhood concerns and scenarios with humor, compassion, and an appealing, dimensional character. Mike's lively first-person narrative makes for engaging reading as does his growth from self-consciousness to self-confidence. An entertaining story with a positive message. Shelle Rosenfeld
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MHS on April 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
It's not easy to be a short kid with a tall name like Michael Jordan. But that's the plight of the main character in this humorous, lively book. As he struggles to adjust to middle school, Mike learns more about himself, his family, and girls. Though there are real issues explored in the story--some through a journal Mike keeps for his English teacher--the humor and love Mike shares with family and friends make this a gentle, charming book appropriate for all kids. I think it would lend itself well to the classroom (especially, Grades 4-6)as a fun read-aloud or for booklists, and would certainly be a great way to introduce journal writing to students.
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I am told this is a good book. This writer has only written two to my knowledge and my grandchild wanted both.Thanks to you she has them both...
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Having always been the shortest one in all my classes for just about "forever," I could readily identify with the main character Michael Jordan as he enters middle school, the shortest one in his class. I loved all the characters--especially Michael's homeroom teacher Mrs. Preston and her insightful comments in response to Michael's journaling. A positive message and a delightful read!
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