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  • Published: New York : Henry Holt, 2010.
  • Year Published: 2010
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 211 p. : b&w ill. ; 22 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 880

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 9780805089035 (hc : alk. paper)
  • 0805089039 (hc : alk. paper)

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My life as a book

by Tashjian, Janet.

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Call number: J Fiction / Tashjian, Janet

Available Copies: Downtown Youth

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"Christy Ottaviano Books."

Dubbed a "reluctant reader" by his teacher, twelve-year-old Derek spends summer vacation learning important lessons even though he does not complete his summer reading list.

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cute and funny

cute and funny


it is a very good book

Not Enough Action for Most Reluctant Readers

This is a rather meandering but charming story about a reluctant 12 y.o. reader who gets into trouble a lot - ADHD is implied but never stated. Derek has a mysterious death in his past, and is doomed to a summer vacation with "Learning Camp" and a best friend on the other side of the US. I enjoyed it - and the cartoons in the margin (illustrating Derek's new vocabulary words) are a wonderful touch - but the story doesn't move as quickly as my reluctant reader would like. It may still appeal to some kids, especially boys.

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