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 Not so normal Norbert
 Author: Patterson, James

 Publisher:  Little, Brown (2018)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 349 p., ill., 20 cm

 BTSB No: 703957 ISBN: 9780316465410
 Ages: 8-14 Grades: 3-9

 Human behavior -- Fiction
 Conformity -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Missing persons -- Fiction
 Life on other planets -- Fiction
 Science fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $18.66

Having been judged Different, Norbert, Drew, and Sophie are banished from the United State of Earth to Astro-Nuts Camp on Zorquat 3 in the Orion Nebula, interfering with Norbert's quest to find his parents.

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Green, Joey
 Illustrator: Aly, Hatem
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.30
   Points: 6.0   Quiz: 195912
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.30
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 75786

   Kirkus Reviews (-) (06/15/18)
   Booklist (05/15/18)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 05/15/2018 Pulling the rug out from under a conventional scenario, the protagonist of this latest Jimmy book campaigns to be sent back to his literally gray and dismal police state planet after an illegal display of imagination lands him in a camp for misfits. To be sure, Norbert does have an ulterior motive: to track down his parents, who were arrested years before by the Truth Police. But the 12-year-old exile has a natural talent for improv and a satiric impersonation of the United States of Earth’s megalomaniac Loving Leader. In no time, he’s hosting a Saturday Night Live–style TV show that becomes a huge hit on two planets and portends (perhaps in sequels) revolution. Loving Leader’s big-screen rants clearly tweaks 1984, but even readers unfamiliar with that classic will chortle at the relentless wordplay, a supporting cast made up almost entirely of caricatured grown-ups and young pranksters, and Norbert’s winning mix of glibness and gullibility. Aly’s scribbly ink-and-wash line drawings add punchlines as well as comical portraits of the major characters. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Like the rest of his canon, Patterson’s middle-grade titles fly off the shelves. This latest from his eponymous imprint will do just fine. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

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