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|Almost a world record breaker|
Author: Burnham, Molly B.
Book 1--Ten-year-old Teddy Mars seeks to stand apart from his six siblings, none of whom could be called "normal," by earning a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Teddy Mars, Bk. 1
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.00
Points: 5.0 Quiz: 174005
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 3.80
Points: 9.0 Quiz: 70847
Kirkus Reviews (12/15/14)
School Library Journal (01/01/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 01/01/2015 Gr 3–6—Though Burnham breaks no new ground here, this is nevertheless an appealing tale with an engaging narrator. Ten-year-old Teddy Mars, the sixth of seven children, wants to stand out from his siblings and do something meaningful. Unfortunately, in addition to having five older sisters (a singer, twins, a sports addict, and a bully), he is plagued by an energetic younger brother whom he rightly calls, The Destructor. Little brother Jake adores Teddy but expresses his feelings by ruining most of his older sibling's prized possessions. Teddy's solution is to move out of their shared bedroom and into a tent in the backyard. He also finds respite in reading "Guinness World Records" books and in helping an old neighbor with his homing pigeons. Those two pastimes come together as Teddy attempts to set his own world record. His actual accomplishment won't come as a surprise to astute readers, but Teddy is so amiable and put-upon, he'll find plenty of fans who'll want to read more in the promised series. The book's format, with monthly chapters divided into smaller subchapters, makes this a good choice for reading logs, and the report Teddy has to do on pigeons makes this book an ideal pairing with a nonfiction title on these urban birds.—Marie Drucker, Malverne Public Library, NY - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 03/01/2015 Ten-year-old Teddy Mars is obsessed with The Guinness Book of World Records. He is determined to accomplish some feat that will earn him a spot in the illustrious book’s pages. But with five older sisters and one very destructive younger brother, Teddy struggles with getting privacy—and recognition. With the help of his best friends, he builds snow mounds, pushes an orange across the floor with his nose, wraps rubber bands around his face, and even acts as a human birdfeeder for his grumpy neighbor’s pigeons. Yet all his plots are foiled by his troublesome brother, whom Teddy has dubbed “The Destructor.” When Teddy’s prized book is vandalized, it drives him out of the house and into a tent in the backyard, and even then he isn’t safe. This heartwarming story starts the Teddy Mars series on a hilarious foot, tracing one boy’s struggle to stand out in a big family, one failed record-breaking attempt after another. Once the wreckage is cleared, what’s left is a loving family that celebrates one another for exactly who they are. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.