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About the Author

Marilyn Sachs worked as a children's librarian for The Brooklyn Public Library and The San Francisco Public Library. She has written over forty award winning books. VERONICA GANZ was selected by the American Library Association as a Notable Book. She lives with her husband in San Francisco.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Backinprint.com (December 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595483941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595483945
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Unfortunately, there’s still that conclusion to reckon with.
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Marilyn Sachs really has a gift for writing about the subjects she's chosen and this book really comes to life with the way Veronica Ganz is portrayed in this book!
DawnLowenstein
I thought this book was very funny when I read it as a child - I enjoyed it and still do.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I read this as an insecure fourth grader. Like Veronica, I was clumsy and bigger than everyone else, so I was teased a lot. I admired Veronica and the way she never let anyone push her around. Kids were really wild growing up, and I wanted to be like Veronica; brave and strong, taking no guff from anyone! I thought it was cool the way the author attempts to show that women/girls aren't the weaker sex. All my life people told me that men are better than women, etc., and this book settled the score! Now when I think about it, it is a bit unusual for a bully to be female; usually female bullies might have been victims of abuse or something. Veronica comes from a broken home and she and her sister Mary Rose Ganz are from her mother's first marriage. In the 1940's when this story took place, divorce was unusual. Anyway Veronica lives with her mother, sister, and her stepfather and half brother Stanley, and Veronica feels like she has to stand up for herself and her family. It seems like their real dad is distant; they haven't seen him since they were babies, and all he does is send letters and money. And he apparently has always been breaking their hearts by saying that he's coming to visit and then cancelling at the last minute, anyway, Veronica says she couldn't care less but i think deep down it hurts her, and her sister is always crying and devistated over their father not coming. I think that's the cause of VEronica's behavior towards others, and i think she has a lot of anger inside. She gets irritate easily, and usually when she lets people have it, she is successful, until Peter moves to town, and he gives her heck and she chases him for months.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marie Farrell on August 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was probably 9 or 10 when I first read this book. That was a good 20 something years ago! I still remember "Veronica Ganz doesn't wear pants!" and I can still see the simple black & white line drawings. I checked it out from the local library & I believe I still owe them money because I returned it very late without ever finishing it. I was a terribly slow reader (still am). This book has haunted me as something I've loved & cherished from a not so good childhood. I remember laughing & being so enthralled in what Veronica was up to. I can honestly say this book had a HUGE impact on my youth & what reading means to me now. I need to get a copy for myself so I can re-experience it all the whole way through this time! ...and without library fines!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DawnLowenstein on May 16, 2009
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I have read this book from the time I was a teenager and I have really enjoyed this book! Marilyn Sachs really has a gift for writing about the subjects she's chosen and this book really comes to life with the way Veronica Ganz is portrayed in this book! She's a tough customer! She won't tolerate ANYONE talking about her or her family and physically would get back at the girls yet it was hard for her to get back at the guys! The "shrimps": Sanford Feldman, Howard Tannenbaum and NOW, Peter Wedemeyer really fixed her good for any attempts to mess around with them! It showed the the size of the boy who put Veronica in her place didn't make any difference! Even though Veronica was bigger, she couldn't compete with these little guys who fixed her when she tried to tangle with them! They put Veronica in her place! Dawn E. Lowenstein
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By Wayne S. Walker on September 23, 2014
Format: Paperback
Thirteen year old Veronica Ganz is a student at Public School 63 and lives with her mother and stepfather, Peggy and Ralph Petronski who run a cleaner, younger sister Mary Rose who is eleven, and little half-brother Stanley who is five, in an apartment in a run-down section of a city like New York; a couple of sources suggest that the story is set “in the early 1940s.” Her father, Frank Ganz, and mother divorced when Veronica was five, and he moved to Las Vegas and remarried. Veronica has been described as “One of the most famous bullies in children’s books.” Author Marilyn Sachs has written books about other girls in P.S. 63, such as Amy Moves In, Laura’s Luck, and Amy and Laura, in which Veronica appears as a bully, so apparently it was decided to give her a book of her own. She has systematically beaten up everybody in all of her classes and has never been challenged successfully by anyone.

However, a new kid, shrimpy little Peter Wedemeyer, moves into the neighborhood and begins to tease her unmercifully, yet always seems to stay one step ahead of her mighty fists. Getting even with Peter will take some real brainpower. How can Veronica find a way to teach him who is boss? To be honest, I did not like this book. A lot of reviewers seemed to find the plot humorous, including the one from Kirkus who ended their review saying, “With laughter from deep down.” I realize that various people have different senses of humor. However, having been bullied myself when in junior high, I just don’t find bullying, being mean, and hitting people funny, even if the story is supposed to end up “all right.” One person said, “I admired Veronica and the way she never let anyone push her around.” Are slapping girls in the face and poking boys in the nose acceptable means of accomplishing this goal?
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