The year is 1967, and everyone has bigger things to worry about, especially Vietnam. Then there's the family business. As far as Holling's father is concerned, the Hoodhoods need to be on their best behavior: the success of Hoodhood and Associates depends on it. But how can Holling stay out of trouble when he has so much to contend with? Rats, for one thing; cream puff, for another. Then there's Doug Swieteck's brother. And that's just for starters....
©2007 Gary D. Schmidt; (P)2007 Scholastic Inc.
I cannot compare it to any books I have read recently.
Yes, if I had the time. This book is an outstanding listen especially for those who were teenagers in the 1960s. It is funny, poignant, and nostalgic.
I am a woman who loves to read and to listen to books. I want to be entertained and taken to another place when I listen..
This story will make you laugh out loud and cry too! It takes you to another time and makes you remember junior high the good and the bad...and I sure wish I had a teacher as wonderful as Mrs Baker!
I'm a high school librarian.
Yes, I would rather listen to this story, it it funny and that comes across better in the audio.
Holling being convinced that the teacher hated him--she actually might have, he was the only one in her classroom every afternoon.
First one for me.
The performance competes for first place for me with the actual novel. Joel Johnstone reads in completely believable voices, often dripping sarcasm. Love Danny's breaking voice! And the novel is a masterpiece. I loved it. It's touching and funny and serious and smart all at the same time.
It would be a spoiler, but it has to do with miracles and strawberries.
I think Holling is my favorite, though I loved Mrs. Baker, Holling's dad, and Danny too.
Highly recommended. For anyone over age 9. Truly a great book.
It wasn't predictable. The characters were so interesting & you felt like you knew them. This was a great book!
Hollingsworth, because you felt for him. We cheered when it went well for him & was sad when it didn't.
I had to read this book for school and I thought that I would hate it but it actually wasn't so bad. I like realistic fiction and I thought this was more of a s Science type book but it wasn't. It took place long ago but it was written in like this time! I think that you will enjoy this!!!!!!!
Favs: sci-fi, fantasy, historic, mystery, suspense, classics, non-fiction, and a few westerns. I read a lot of YA (cleaner lang/less smut).
I read the book ages ago and enjoyed hearing it aloud, with the names pronounced correctly.
This novel captured me because of the complexities it held with everyday life. It seems like something John Green would have written.
This book is so funny, meaningful, fun, and it made me cried at one point, heartwarming. I love this narrator so much that I get another 2 of his books, both performed very well. I love every moment of this book, the main character's way seeing things, describe, interact, I can see him grow through every chapter. And it sure makes me like Shakespeare even more :)
all of em!!!
Joel Johnstone have always captured young boys personality very well, I listened to 3 of his books now, this one was the first, and I was hooked! He obviously gets into the character, and understands them, I laugh so hard and cried so bad, which make us get to understand how these characters felt easily by his amazing performance. If he did more books I'd check them out for sure :)
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