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My Life as a Cartoonist (The My Life series) Hardcover – April 30, 2013
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
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Derek Fallon—the underachiever star of two funny, perceptive books—returns, and this time he meets his match in Umberto, a new student who is in a wheelchair. At first it seems as if the two could be friends. Derek’s family is even training a capuchin monkey to be a service animal, and he can’t wait to tell Umberto about it. But after their first conversation, Derek realizes that sarcastic, flip Umberto doesn’t like him. In trying to defend himself, Derek is soon perceived as the kid bullying the boy in the wheelchair! Worst of all, Umberto is a cartoonist like Derek, but better. If all the Umberto travails weren’t enough, Derek’s crush, Carly, has started a relationship with an older boy, Crash. As with the other titles in the My Life As series, Tashjian’s son, Jake, provides the stick figures acting out the more difficult words and concepts. Great for reluctant readers (like Derek), this also neatly twists the bullying theme, offering discussion possibilities. Fans of the series (and of the Wimpy Kid and Charlie Joe Jackson) will like this one. Grades 5-7. --Ilene Cooper
“Give this to kids who think they don't like reading. It might change their minds.” ―Booklist, starred review on My Life as a Book
“Cartoonist Derek grapples with a perplexing association between disability and bullying in this stand-alone sequel to My Life as a Book (2010) and My Life as a Stuntboy (2011).” ―Kirkus Reviews
“A kinder, gentler Wimpy Kid with all the fun and more plot.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review on My Life as a Book
“Sure to engage fans of Jeff Kinney's ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid' books as well as those looking for a spunky, contemporary boy with a mystery to solve.” ―School Library Journal on My Life as a Book
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