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Potter, Ellen.
New York : Philomel, 2009
IL 3-6, RL 3.6
ISBN 039924705X
(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Owen Birnbaum isn't your average 12 year old boy. In fact he is smarter than your average twelve year old guy, his IQ is only one point below genius. He is also 57 percent fatter than your average 12 year old. If you thought life was easy for Owen, you would be wrong. In fact, Owen seems to be the target of kids and adults alike when it comes to being picked on. The real trouble for Owen starts when his Oreo cookies disappear. It's the last straw and Owen needs to do something about it so Owen starts creating traps to catch the Oreo snatcher. Because Owen is such a smart guy, he can invent cool things like a TV that can show you the past. Owen really needs to see the past, about 2 years ago in fact. Owen has something in his past that he needs to see, in order to try and solve a dark mystery. (Esther Moberg,, librarian)

Booktalk #2

Owen is one of the fattest kids in sixth grade but he wasn't always that way.  An event in his life two years ago changed him forever - the day his parents were murdered. He is a genius, who builds inventions to stop a bully from stealing his Oreo cookies from his lunch box as well as his major work to look back in the past and see who killed his parents.  Together with his sister, Jeremy, and his adopted mother, the 911 operator that dreadful night, Owen learns to deal with all of his problems in a healthier way. 

SUBJECTS:     Overweight persons -- Fiction.
                        Grief -- Fiction.
                        Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
                        Inventions -- Fiction.
                        Orphans -- Fiction.
                        New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.

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