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Fearless Fernie Hardcover – March 18, 2002

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From Publishers Weekly

Gary Soto explores a friendship forged at birth and the adolescent growing pains of two middle school boys in Body Parts in Rebellion: Hanging Out with Fernie and Me, illus. by Regan Dunnick. From sports tryouts to teacher trouble to memories of long ago, the more than 40 poems deliver a thoughtful perspective on universal themes.
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Grades 4-6--A collection of 41 short poems by a prolific and gifted writer. The narrator and his friend Fernie are sixth graders with lots on their minds: sports, girls, school, family. Strongly rhythmic, with vivid imagery, the mostly unrhymed selections are universal yet wonderfully particular. Soto smoothly juggles moods, going from funny ("When Fernie was five and school was over for the day, He thought his teacher, Miss Alexander, went into the closet, Stood there among the brooms And maybe a stringy mop") to poignant (in "Guilt," Fernie remembers a friendless classmate in third grade: "Was he still there, in the far corner of the playground? Were the sparrows there, or did they fly elsewhere Once the boy-what's his name-had nothing to give, His lunch all gone, loneliness like crumbs at his feet"). The simple, dynamic sketches sprinkled throughout are just right, providing some humorous and rueful grace notes for this little gem. Overall, this is a wonderful example of distinctive writing with true child appeal. It will make a great classroom read-aloud, and many kids will enjoy it on their own, too.
Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (March 18, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399236155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399236150
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,066,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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