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Stauffacher, Sue.
New York : Knopf, 2003.
IL 3-6, RL 6.9
ISBN 037592468X
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Top Ten Things Franklin Delano Donuthead tries to avoid:
1.Motor vehicles (whenever possible-According to the National Safety Department, this is by far the most likely way to die as a kid.)
2.Bodies of water (drowning is number two)

3.Matches (Most house fires are started by a child playing with matches)

4.Firearms (Entirely too dangerous for anyone to handle.Especially someone with my lack of coordination or grace.

5.Climbing trees, ladders, or fences (because of the possibility of broken bones of course)

6.Girls (Girls I do not understand.Girls cannot be measured in anyway.Mathematics, physics, and chemistry do not apply to anything wearing a barrette or a gold bracelet.)

7.Baseball (Even though my mother desperately wants me to grow up and play third base for the New York Yankees)

8.School buses without seatbelts (Needless to say, I always position myself just in back of the driver to take advantage of the extra protection offered by the plastic barrier located behind her head.Originally intended to shield the bus driver from spitballs, it might hold the weight of my body in a minor impact situation.

9.Field trips to farms (you never know if a cow is going to lick you or a tractor will fall on you)

10.Sarah Kervick (When I first saw her Iím sure my mouth just hung open.Iíd never seen a finer host for parasites than the girl staring back at me.When Ms. Linski told her to sit next to me I knew in less than thirty seconds, she would be sitting close enough for her fleas to change their address.Oklahoma Sequoyah Childrenís Book Award nominee, 2005-2006

SUBJECTS:     Courage -- Fiction.
                        Fear -- Fiction.
                        Self-actualization (Psychology) -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Mothers and sons -- Fiction.
                        Single-parent families -- Fiction.


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