When you don't get straight As and you have to spell H-I-P-P-O-P-O-T-A-M-U-S instead of H-O-R-S-E when you play basketball with your best friend, seeing yourself as "gifted" is a real stretch.
About this Book:
Thirteen-year-old Gabe Carpenter is just like any other middle-school boy at St. Jude Academy?well, except for the fact that based on his scores on some seventh grade test, he is considered a "genius" and is placed in an enrichment class with other gifted students. But he sure doesn't seem like a genius-after all, he can't even open his own locker and his brain stops functioning when Becca, his sister's best friend, comes around.
As if these problems aren't enough to deal with, he is convinced that one of his arms is longer than the other, he has yet to grow a mustache, and his second best friend is mad at him. Even worse, his nervousness causes some pretty embarrassing bodily functions. And at home, his dad expects him to be some kind of basketball star athlete instead of a science nerd who predicts the weather.
Join Gabe as he navigates the trying times of middle school, wonders what it means to have brains, and learns what it truly means to be himself.
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About the Author:
Marilee Haynes lives with her husband and three young children just outside Charlotte, North Carolina. A full-time stay-at-home mom, she writes middle-grade fiction in stolen quiet moments (in other words, when everyone else is asleep). This is her first novel.
"a.k.a. Genius presents a cast of dynamic characters so genuine that any reader will find someone with whom they resonate. The struggles and triumphs of the book's middle school students and their parents are so real that you feel as if you know these very characters. Teens need books just like this; I am looking forward to more from Marilee Haynes."
Jenny Purtill, Media Specialist, Barnette Elementary School
"Funny, touching, and real?an extraordinary debut from a gifted writer. Marilee Haynes' a.k.a. Genius offers rich characters and a dynamic plot. A thoroughly enjoyable read that leaves one hoping for a sequel!"
Tameka Fryer Brown, author of My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood
What Are People Saying about this Title?
"Gabe is a sympathetic underdog readers will likely enjoy rooting for. At its core, this is clearly religious fiction, with references to saints and prayer throughout, but Gabe's struggle to reconcile his gifts with the traditional social dictates of what's cool and what's not transcend affiliation. Arguably the most compelling plotline in the novel centers on Gabe's struggle to fit in at home: Though his father is admittedly thrilled by his son's confirmed genius, his actions lead Gabe to believe that he would prefer a star athlete to a star student. Given its enduring themes, this novel from a small Catholic press has some potential for crossover appeal."
"moving and hilarious?Great for the 5th or 6th grade boy in your life!"
- Sr Maria Grace Dateno, FSP
Trim size: 5¼" x 7¾"
Keywords: aka genius-Catholic fiction-adolescence-puberty-IQ-teen-young adult-Catholic school student-humor - MenuTF ; SR16
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