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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
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Date:Nov 1, 2003
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