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Don't Call Me Ishmael Hardcover – September 18, 2007

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About the Author

Michael Gerard Bauer, is is the award-winning author of Don't Call Me Ishmael. He has taught English and economics, and lives in the suburb of Ashgrove, Australia.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (September 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061348341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061348341
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #979,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a teacher, this is part of the required reading for my year 9 class. I've listened to it on audio tape and also read it and it cracks me up every time. The story is fast paced and relevant, and the characters well drawn.

However, as an Australian the jargon and use of slang also appeal to me. I would worry that American readers might miss some of the culturally specific references ('Wussy-crap' being one). Don't let that stop you giving it a go though. I would recommend this book for young teenage boys, as it deals with issues that relate to them. If they don't understand the language, tell them to email an Australian ... that should sort it all out!
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Warning to anybody easily offended by language real teens use and preteens use and situations they face: this is a book that is honest in its portrayal of young people. My wife and i loved this book because of this honesty. In this regard, it's reminiscent of other books written by Australians such as Lockie Leonard. But it's also laugh out loud humorous and filled with delightful storytelling. Highly recommended.
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Poor Ishmael, nothing seems to be going right in his world. The characters in this story are wonderfully rich and individual. Ishmael makes a great narrator as he fumbles his way through school life, coming up with inventive ways to avoid being bullied.
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What a fun book! This has to be, hands down, one of the most entertaining books I've read in a long time. It's a first-person account of the trials and tribulations of a year 9 boy, Ishmael Leseur, and his band of very colourful friends ("Razza" Zorzotto, Ignatius Prindabel, Bill Kingsley, James Scobie) and not-so-friends (Barry Bagsley and company). Through the school year, they have to face debating debacles, girls, and bugs...lots of bugs... The writing is excellent and the dialogue is laugh-out-loud hilarious in a lot of places. It's the sort of story that just pulls you along, and I found the book nearly impossible to put down.
I'd give this book more than 5 stars if I could...a terrific read with great characters and fabulous dialogue. I just wish my son was old enough to enjoy this book with me!!!
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My niece asked me to read this book as she is studying it in school. I was a little hesitant but once I got into it I really enjoyed it! Plenty of important lessons for young people, and old...
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I'm reading this with my ninth grade student and we both love it. It's about a private school student who is bullied because of his name, but has a wonderful teacher that makes things work.
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A fantastic book for young teens lots of fun with a great message! I read it in a reading group at school, all reluctant readers. They loved Don't call me Ishmael!
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