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Zen And The Art Of Faking It Hardcover – October 1, 2007

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About the Author

Jordan Sonnenblick is the author of the acclaimed DRUMS, GIRLS, & DANGEROUS PIE, NOTES FROM THE MIDNIGHT DRIVER, ZEN AND THE ART OF FAKING IT, and the sequel to DRUMS called AFTER EVER AFTER. He lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two children.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 15 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; Reprint edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439837073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439837071
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author Jordan Sonnenblick has done it again. ZEN AND THE ART OF FAKING IT gets the up and downs and total frustration of being a teen just right.

San Lee's life has been full of new towns and new schools, but this one upsets him more than all of the others combined. This time, instead of having his dad uproot the family in search of his latest scheme, it is just San and his mother because his dad is in prison.

Not particularly successful at anything in the past, San has frequently used negative behavior to get attention. Being Oriental and adopted by a white couple has not always made things easy. Now with his father serving time for his shady business dealings, San finds himself feeling the need to get things right this time.

Faced with not only a new school and trying to fit in, but also with Wednesday night phone calls from a convict father he never wants to talk to again, San is ready to try just about anything. With his mother working long hours to make ends meet, he decides he needs a gimmick to win some friends and positively influence some people. Thanks to his new social studies teacher, the door to Zen Buddhism opens wide.

San's well-worn clothes and tattered sandals become a great disguise as he steps into his role as the Zen expert of the eighth grade. With help from the local library, the perfect "meditation" rock right outside school, and his new friend, Woody, San fools everyone into believing his Buddhist philosophy. Although he seems to be fitting in and gaining popularity, he worries that faking it may make him like the father he has learned to detest.

Sonnenblick uses his humorous, straight-forward style to grab readers on page one, and whisk them into San's world.
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Fantastic until the last couple of chapters, which didn't fit with anything else before them. It felt like that part had been edited by propaganda specialists hired by the current dictatorship. All YA lit is canted that way but when the central theme is Zen, I hoped for a more cohesive ending.
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I'm always searching for quality books for YA and not sure how I happened about Jordan Sonnenblick's books, but I like his clear, CLEAN writing. Boy it's tough being at a new school every year, dealing with a father's inability to take responsbility for himself and family,and most of all trying to fit in. San Lin takes on the role of the Buddist culture of Zen. He studies up on the subject and gets the whole school behind his theories, even the girl of his dreams, Woody who has her own issues. Lots of good reviews, so I won't repeat the story, but excellent book and it will be added to my church library very soon.
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I love the way Jordan Sonnenblick writes. One second you're laughing, the next you're wiping at tears. My kids love all of his books. Great to find totally appropriate kid lit that kids actually love. Also highly recommend Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie.
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You know how some people are just naturally hilarious? Jordan Sonnenblick is one of those people. ZEN is an awesome book, containing most excellent dialogue and a plot that will keep you up very late, reading until your eyes hurt to find out what happens next.

This is the story of San Lee, new kid, who's trying to fit in by...well, not exactly being himself. We love San right from the start. Like the rest of us, he has baggage to deal with and family issues and someone special in his life he's trying to impress, and we're sympathetic to his struggles. You'll love how San changes as his confidence grows. And the Zen bits are really fun.

Read it. Love it. Pass it on.
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I'm really enjoying this author! He captures the awkward phase of middle school perfectly. This book is about a new student going through a tough time with his family. He decides to change his identity, fools the whole school, and starts a revolution. Things are going well with him until his mother blows his cover. Then, he takes what he learned, uses it, and tries to make amends.
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Jordan Sonnenblick did a wonderful job of representing a teenager's state of mind in his book, Zen and the Art of Faking It. This humorous fiction book shows how teens cope with events happening at school and home. An eighth grader named San has done a lot of moving around in his life due to his father's lack of telling the truth and ending up in jail. When San and his mom moved to Pennsylvania, San sees this as an opportunity to start his life over again. On the first day of school, he saw a girl singing in the cafeteria at lunch; it was love at first sight. He suddenly had a mad crush on that girl, named Woody. Right away he started adjusting himself to her likings and ended up becoming a fake "Zen" artist. San and Woody have many secrets between them that they are scared to admit, but with a little help of Buddhism, they just might be able to work out their problems.

San is a teenage boy who is afraid to tell the truth, but doesn't want to hurt people in the process of lying. He is compassionate and just wants to impress Woody without hurting his reputation while doing so. I really enjoyed San's character because I think he shows the average middle school student, and the changes and problems they are faced with. I also believe he is very mature and can handle situations in positive ways, even though he still has a long way to go. Woody is a singer, guitar player, basketball star, and volunteer who might intimidate San a little, but really she is just trying to get over her hardships at home with her family and find a best friend who will just listen to her.

This hilarious book is perfect for middle school students to read, and it will even help you understand your teenage love life a little bit better!
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