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The Smartest Kid in Petaluma [Kindle Edition]

Rob Loughran
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Book Description

The smartest kid in Petaluma never thought seventh grade would be like this! When Norman Babbit skipped a grade and entered junior high a year early he thought his life would be great. But the school bully forces Norman to do his homework, his younger sister is a brat, his English teacher hates him, his older brother is trying to fill in for their deceased father, and his mother thinks all Norman's problems are dietary. If it weren't for his best friend Chris and his pet owl Luigi, Norman would go crazy. With the deadline for his science project approaching as fast as a showdown with the bully, Norman simply has too many problems and no solutions.

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About the Author

Rob Loughran began his life as a small child. He is grown now and living in Sonoma County, CA.

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  • File Size: 212 KB
  • Print Length: 107 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bubba Caxton Books, A Division of Foul Mouthed Bard Press; First Edition edition (November 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006G588HA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,560,581 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Smart kid with a problem May 31, 2012
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The Smartest Kid in Petaluma Norman has got a problem. He's not your everyday, normal kid. Oh yes, he's got an older brother, Marcus, and an annoying kid sister, Doris, and a mom prone to migraine headaches, all regular stuff. Norm even has a pet pygmy owl and a buddy named Chris. He goes to Kenilworth Junior High, does his homework, studies and gets good grades. So you ask, what's his big problem?

Answer: He's smart . . . very smart. And the school bully, Tom, knows it. He also knows that Norm is small, skinny, and half Tom's size. Can you begin to see what might happen?

Norm looks like a nerd, and I guess, he is a nerd, but not exactly. He works after school in McCormick's store and earns a little money. He even practices boxing. However, he has a passion for science and in the story, he's working hard to win the school science fair. All of this makes him an interesting character and his adventures in middle-school draw you in.

The characters in this story are well cast. I could easily visualize Norman, Chris, Tom, Marcus and Doris. The plot moves quickly and the writing is concise and age appropriate for pre-teens. For adults, it's a quick read, and by the way, fun to read.

The most important attribute of this book is its humor and the voice of the boys. I believed every conversation. Also, it's as squeaky clean as can be achieved with boy characters in this age group.

It can be difficult to get boys to read and this affects their education, their careers and their life. This book should appeal to the most resistant reader. It's a good story. I recommend it for pre-teens and anyone else who would like to relive a few days in junior high.
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More About the Author

Rob Loughran began his life as a small child.
Now he's a writer and like most writers you've never heard of he has a fulltime job and a family.
But nothing matters to him quite as much as writing.
Rob has written and published two collections of short stories; mystery, young adult, and science fiction novels; three books on writing; 11 jokebooks; 200+ articles, and several screenplays. He teaches creative writing and when asked about how to become a writer he always quotes William Goldman, "There are no rules to writing, but if there were, caring would be right up there. Or, as we intellectuals are fond of saying, you had better give a shit."


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