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First of all, Daivd Lubar is excellent for all those readers out there who would rather watch tv, play outside, or get some thumb exercise. He wrote the Invasion of the Lawn Weenies and other funny short stories, as well as the Hidden Talents novels. This book, however, is in its own league. This is well-written (both kids and adults will love it), charming, funny, and the performance is fantastic. I love the full cast!
This book is about freshman year from a nerd's point of view. He figures out what it means to be friends in high school and constantly stresses about the everyday life of it. And best of all (I'm an English teacher, mind you), is that he's always talking about what they learned in English class. But don't think it's an extra lesson for you--the topics he brings up are topics every English teacher should discuss: puns, comics, and more.
Just trust me on this: get past the initial cheesy part, sit back, and smile. Easily a 10.
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Over the course of his freshman year in High School, a boy learns that, many times, things are not what they seem at first glance. It's fun, interesting, and even a little inspirational to see him slowly "wake up" to see things the way they actually are as opposed to the way he had always assumed that they were. Sometimes, you just have to look past the surface to see the man behind the curtain.
Although I found the full cast sometimes confusing -- I have to admit, I missed the narrative "he said," and "she said," as clues to whom was speaking -- the voice actors were well-cast.
Oh, if you're wondering, the "Wide Awake" references all come from M. Night Shyamalan's first film, Wide Awake which brings up a lot of the same themes.
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