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The Gollywhopper Games Hardcover – March 4, 2008
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From the Back Cover
Ladies and gentlemen!
Boys and girls!
Welcome to the biggest, bravest, boldest competition the world has ever seen!
The Gollywhopper Games!
Are you ready?
Gil Goodson sure hopes he's ready. His future happiness depends on winning the Golly Toy & Game Company's ultimate competition. If Gil wins, his dad has promised the family can move out of Orchard Heights—away from all the gossip, the false friends, and bad press that have plagued the Goodsons ever since The Incident.
Gil's been studying for months. He thinks he knows everything about Golly's history and merchandise. But does he know enough to answer the trivia? Solve the puzzles? Complete the stunts? Will it be more than all the other kids know? Gil's formidable opponents have their own special talents. He must be quicker and smarter than all of them.
The ride of Gil's life is about to begin.
Win! win! win!
About the Author
Jody Feldman has always loved riddles and brainteasers and word games, and she lives in a city on a river whose name contains four s's, two p's, and four i's. Jody has written as many books for young readers as there are players in a doubles tennis match. To find out how many brothers she has, take the number of bases on a baseball diamond and divide it by the number of times Grover Cleveland was president of the United States.
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"The book, 'The Gollywhopper Games' by Jody Feldman is a fantastic book about one boy against 4,499 other kids, all of whom are either rich, geniuses or incredibly lucky in the Golly-Whopper Games.
"Gil Goodson's future happiness depends on winning the Golly Toy & Game Company's ultimate competition. And if Gil wins, his Dad will move them out of town where Gil's dad was framed and almost went to prison for 'stealing 5 million dollars.' However, Gil overcomes the numerous obstacles placed in front of him and, in the end, of course, gets his deepest and most wanted wish come true.
"My favorite part was when Gil's whole neighborhood came to his house and congratulated him even when they didn't know whether he had lost or won the Games because, to me, that is how a real neighborhood should act.
"I would give the book five big Gollywhopper stars: one for Gil, one for his competition, two for the cover that reminded me of Lisa Yee's 'Millicent Min, Girls Genius' covers (Lisa Yee is another one of my favorite authors), and the biggest brightest star for the problems and solutions that Feldman gave her characters that had even my mom stumped at times."
Comparison's can be made with Roald Dahl but the difference is that The Gollywhopper Games provides an opportunity for its protagonist, Gil, to actively prove his value and--more importantly--his self-worth. Charlie (of the famous chocolate factory) wins more by passivity than by anything he actually does; in essence, he is the least repellant of that motley crew. Here, Feldman shows a range of real young people and adults who are wonderful shades of gray. No one is perfect but no one is wholly bad. With an incredible amount of detail in both atmosphere and character, this is a tale of learning, forgiveness, teamwork, and self-fulfillment.
Feldman has created a fantastic world grounded in reality and populated it with real people and tantalizing puzzles. This is a must-read for anyone who enjoys a great book.
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But this one-not so good
the story line is okay
but isnt fun as his last ones...