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 My life as a cartoonist
 Author: Tashjian, Janet

 Illustrator: Tashjian, Jake

 Publisher:  Holt
 Pub Year: 2013

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 258 p., ill., 21 cm.

 BTSB No: 872623 ISBN: 9780805096095
 Ages: 9-12 Grades: 4-7

 Subjects:
 Cartoonists -- Fiction
 Wheelchairs -- Fiction
 Handicapped -- Fiction
 School stories
 Youths' art

Price: $17.71

Summary:
Book 3--Twelve-year-old Derek wants to train his pet monkey to help Umberto, a new student who uses a wheelchair, but Umberto would rather steal Derek's cartoon ideas.

Series:
My Life, Bk. 3


Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.30
   Points: 4.0   Quiz: 159175
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 5.60
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 61125

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (04/01/13)
   Booklist (06/01/13)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 06/01/2013 Derek Fallon—the underachiever star of two funny, perceptive books—returns, and this time he meets his match in Umberto, a new student who is in a wheelchair. At first it seems as if the two could be friends. Derek’s family is even training a capuchin monkey to be a service animal, and he can’t wait to tell Umberto about it. But after their first conversation, Derek realizes that sarcastic, flip Umberto doesn’t like him. In trying to defend himself, Derek is soon perceived as the kid bullying the boy in the wheelchair! Worst of all, Umberto is a cartoonist like Derek, but better. If all the Umberto travails weren’t enough, Derek’s crush, Carly, has started a relationship with an older boy, Crash. As with the other titles in the My Life As series, Tashjian’s son, Jake, provides the stick figures acting out the more difficult words and concepts. Great for reluctant readers (like Derek), this also neatly twists the bullying theme, offering discussion possibilities. Fans of the series (and of the Wimpy Kid and Charlie Joe Jackson) will like this one. - Copyright 2013 Booklist.

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