Foster's mom announces that she is going to give him 4 VIP tickets to attend a sporting event that's coming to town. The tickets include free entrance, VIP seating, and meals. Foster invites his three closest friends, Lafi, Adam, and Kevin as his guests. The boys are excited. Foster's friend Kevin tells the boys about a bully who has recently been expelled from his school. A boy by the name of Barlow Aldwin Derrick Darden, aka B.A.D.D. On the night of the event a bully is hiding out in the parking lot and tries to steal the tickets from Foster. Foster fights the bully and keeps his tickets. Because it's dark Foster does not get a clear picture of the bully's face. Once break is over and…When Foster opens up his locker to find it full of someone else's belongings, he goes to his teacher to complain. She introduces him to the new boy who just transferred to his school - the bully. Although Foster does not recognize the bully right-a-way, the bully recognizes Foster and has it out for him. The bully terrorizes the school by stealing, taunting the students, disrupting the class…and finally vandalizing cars. Foster is no fighter but chooses not to stand by and allow his school to be victimized by B.A.D.D.
The story is full of strong and entertaining characters.
©2011 Jil Ross (P)2013 Jil Ross
Oh yes. I work with kids and think this will be a great read for the 9+ age group. The story really lent a cool voice to bullying and how kids can protect themselves and others from the impact of bullying.
What wasn't to love about Foster? HE's a smart and resourceful kid.
Everything about David Dietz's performance was great! I have read a few of his books. He has a rerfreshing, clear voice. It's a great voice for voicing young people.
I did listen to it in one sitting! The book was engrossing--great, engaging storyline.
Not sure if 'better' would be a good word, but the audio version does allow for inflections that put emphasis on certain words and actions. I find value in them both.
When the teacher would not heed Foster's warning about the new kid, the bully. It goes to show that quite often adults are too easy to dismiss what children are saying rather than value their observations and words.
He give the story a youthful and innocent tone but also he captures the voice of 'youth.' His interpretation of the lead character Foster and his sister Marie is on point.
Yes. Absolutely. The listening time is just under an hour which keeps kids engaged while on a short distance car ride.
Read! Enjoy, spread the word and look for upcoming books from the Shenanigans Series.
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