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Wardlaw, Lee.
New York : Yearling Books, 1998.
IL 3-6  RL 4.8
ISBN 0803719019
(2 booktalks)
Booktalk #1

How many ways can you think of to bug your parents? I'm sure there are lots. Sneeze Wyatt has come up with at least 101. When his parents force him to take a summer school course in writing, he has more reason to want to bug his parents. All the children in the summer school class are expected to write a book. The other kids talk Sneeze into putting his 101 ways into a book even though the teacher has reservations about this endeavor. As his classmates start asking to buy copies of the book, Sneeze sees a great way to earn enough money to attend the Invention Convention that his parents won't let him go to. How many of these 101 WAYS TO BUG YOUR PARENTS have you tried?

Booktalk #2

Sneeze is an eternal inventor!  He is always working on some kind of gadget that the world just can't live without.  When his parents ruin his vacation plans to attend the Invention Convention by sending him to a summer writing class, Sneeze sees a way to fulfill his writing assignment AND earn money to go to the convention.  Along with best friend, Hiccup, and the other members of the class, Sneeze hatches a plan to write, publish and sell his book about a subject that is near and dear to every kid, tips on bugging your parents.  Even before the book is published it's a hit.  But what happens when the adults find out about his scheme?  You'll have to read this book to believe the hilarious chain of events it causes.  And, yes, there really are 101 ways to bug your parents!  (Jeannie Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards)

SUBJECTS:     Parent and child -- Fiction
                        Family life -- Fiction
                        Moneymaking projects -- Fiction


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