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Mills, Claudia.
New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2003.
IL 5-8, RL 5.8
ISBN 0374346550
Seventh grader Alex Ryan is the class clown.  You know the type.  The guy who can say just the right thing so the teacher can't hear but you crack up.  And then who gets in trouble?  But you just know that Alex will get his eventually.  And that's what happens on the outdoor education field trip.  Alex's dad is chaperoning and Alex is the object of Dad's criticism.  And then there's Marcia.  The girl of Alex's dream.  But it seems that whatever he does to get her to notice him turns out badly.  This is a funny book about middle school kids.  If you liked Mill's other books set in this same school -- Losers, Inc. and You're a Brave Man, Julius Zimmerman -- you are sure to enjoy this one.
SUBJECTS:     Schools -- Fiction.
                        Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
                        Behavior -- Fiction.
                        Fathers and sons -- Fiction.


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