Printer Friendly

Elish, Dan. Born too short; the confessions of an eighth-grade basket case.

Simon & Schuster, Pulse. 156p. c2002. 0-689-86213-X. $4.99. J

Matt and Keith are best friends and have been for a long time. This shouldn't he a problem except that Keith, the school jock, has had his growth spurt, looks like Adonis and even has his smile on the side of a bus--advertising toothpaste! Matt, on the other hand, is so short girls don't even notice him,3 unless it's to ask about his best friend Keith. Feeling sorry for himself, Matt makes a wish that everything in Keith's life will go bad for once. Keith's life starts to fall apart shortly thereafter. His girlfriend might be gay--Matt sees her kissing another girl. He blows an easy shot on the basketball floor, losing the game. His father's leading lady for his next movie is in a car accident, ruining her beautiful appearance. Matt's life, on the other hard, starts to look up--he gets his first girlfriend, and a scholarship to study music in Paris. Needless to say, Matt starts to feel guilty and must decide if he really caused the entire calamity or if it's just coincidence. Matt is especially concerned with sex. He doesn't get to do much more than kissing, but spends a lot of time fantasizing. The attitudes about friendships ring true and it is refreshing to have a novel for boys about friendship and its value. Stacey Conrad, Reading Teacher, Palmyra, MO
COPYRIGHT 2003 Kliatt
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2003, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Author:Conrad, Stacey
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Nov 1, 2003
Previous Article:Durham, David Anthony. Walk through darkness, a novel.
Next Article:Firouz, Anahita. In the walled gardens, a novel.

Related Articles
Education Extra Book Picks.
Elish, Dan. Born too short: the confessions of an eighth-grade basket case.
Brenton Butler didn't do it: but he did confess. And so do a surprising number of innocent people--teenagers in particular. Studies show that teens...
Teacher's choice: English instructors include black images and themes in the lists they assign.
Teen fiction for reluctant readers--quality is possible.
Fleischman, Paul. Seek.
Gillespie, John T. & Naden, Corinne J. Teenplots; a booktalk guide to use with readers ages 12-18.
Bordowitz, Hank, ed. Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright: The Bob Marley Reader.
Marshall Cavendish.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2020 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters