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Donutheart

by Stauffacher, Sue, 1961-

Format: Print Book 2006
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Closed Stack Area j Fic Stauffac
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Closed Stack Area
 
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Fiction Collection j Fic Stauffac
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
 
Collection  Children's Fiction Collection
 
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Fiction j STAUFFACHER
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Collection  Children's Fiction
 
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Summary
Franklin Delano Donuthead, star of Sue Stauffacher's Donuthead, is back and life continues to throw him lots of curveballs: he's now in sixth grade which means it's time for middle school, with all of its related terrors. He has to avoid whipping pony tails in the hallways, he's forced to use school bathrooms, with eighth graders, his life science teacher makes him blush like a tomato, his beloved Glynnis Powell may be moving ahead of him socially, his mother has a boyfriend, and his unlikely best friend, Sarah Kervick, once again needs more help than he thinks he can manage on his own. But thanks to his tough but kindhearted mother, the tough but kindhearted Gloria Nelots, and a little growing self-awareness, Franklin manages what it takes to pull Sarah out of another rough situation.
Sue Stauffacher has crafted another laugh-out-loud middle grade novel about Franklin and Sarah that once again overflows with Franklin's distinctive voice, a touching plot, wholly original characters, and a little Mercurochrome for good measure. From the Hardcover edition.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In this sequel to Donuthead (2003), smart, obsessive Franklin has made it to middle school, where he quickly discovers that his goals to stay healthy, improve mentally, and avoid risk are in danger--from germs as well as lunchroom bullies (Fitting in with my peers was as important . . . as washing one's hands regularly ). All is not lost, however; Franklin finds the courage to travel on a germ-filled bus to rescue his friend Sarah, whose drunken dad has been arrested. Whether trying to use the urinal (who decided that boys need less privacy than girls? ) or obsessing about germs, the identity of his father, his mother's new boyfriend, or his crush on a classmate (for the hundredth time that day thinking about not thinking about Glynnis ), he is a character readers will like, and his trials are a wry, touching commentary on middle-school survival. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2006 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The obsessive-compulsive hero of Donuthead, now in sixth grade, finds that the social and microbial challenges of middle school are nearly enough to do him in. Sarah, Franklin's unlikely best friend from book one, also faces tests: hers may be scarier, but she talks about them less. The author spends a bit too much time reviewing old material, and the story doesn't ignite until halfway through, when Sarah, who has learned how to figure skate faster than you can say "flying camel," soars in her first exhibition. The scatological humor may well appeal to the elementary school crowd, but the overarching message here is about maturity: Stauffacher charts that big leap from boy to man as Franklin blushes at his young teacher's bare shoulder, and sizes up his unrequited love for the perfect Glynnis Powell. As Gloria (his contact from the National Safety Department, first met in Donutheart) points out, "It's called `growing up,' Franklin. You are beginning to notice that other people have needs wholly unconnected to your health.... It's a good sign.'' Franklin shows he understands when he does something to help Sarah that violently clashes with his ironclad policy of risk-avoidance. Those who loved the first book will want to read this one, and since many issues (Sarah's messy home life, Franklin's mystery sperm-donor dad) remain unresolved, they'll hope for a third to tie things up. Ages 8-12. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Franklin Delano Donuthead series
#1 - Donuthead
#2 - Donutheart
Subjects Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
Courage -- Fiction.
Self-actualization (Psychology) -- Fiction.
Ice skating -- Fiction.
Middle schools -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Knopf,2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 199 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 0375932755 (glb)
0375832750
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