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When luckless Raymond Jardine becomes Sean Delancey's eleventh-grade-English project partner, he persuades Sean's grandfather to pose as a long-deceased, obscure Canadian poet, in an effort to pass the course and win a vacation to a luxurious Greek island. Full description

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Language: English
Published: Scholastic Inc., 1987
Series: Scholastic hardcover.
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When luckless Raymond Jardine becomes Sean Delancey's eleventh-grade-English project partner, he persuades Sean's grandfather to pose as a long-deceased, obscure Canadian poet, in an effort to pass the course and win a vacation to a luxurious Greek island.


Review by Booklist Review

Everyone's out to ``get Jardine,'' at least that's what Jardine tells Sean Delancey, narrator of Korman's latest comic romp, which takes a swing at the marvels of high tech while it chronicles the saga of an original hard-luck Joe. Actually, bizarre things do happen to Jardine (who always refers to himself in third-person nominative): dogs chase him on his scooter; the model government he lauded in his political science project is overthrown and its monarch decapitated on the day his paper is due; gorgeous Ashley Bach opts for a guy with big biceps; and the obscure subject of his 30-page poetry assignment has died, leaving only one poem to his credit. Sean, a popular, average teen, is Jardine's perfect antithesis. An unenthusiastic partner in nearly all of Jardine's schemes, he splendidly describes the havoc that ensues as Jardine tries to win a school trip to Greece. As in the author's Son of Interflux (Booklist 83:403 N 1 86), adults feisty Grandpa Delancey excepted get a roasting, and the telling is overlong. However, both the author's comic comebacks and his timing are excellent, and situations, including a few guaranteed to make readers laugh out loud, are in perfect harmony with the wacky characters. It's particularly delightful to hear Sean slipping into Jardine's idiom: ``And SACGEN (the school's quirky generating system) will rue the day it did this to Delancey's best friend.'' Perhaps Sean's not such a ``normal'' kid after all. Gr. 9-12. SZ. Grandfathers Fiction / High schools Fiction / Schools Fiction [CIP] 87-4328

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Sean Delancey, high school basketball star, is just an ordinary, popular guyuntil he meets eccentric Raymond Jardine, a boy with absolutely no luck. Although reluctant at first, Sean is drawn into Raymond's wacky scheme to secure a spot on the school-sponsored trip to Theamelpos, the fabulous Greek island that grants good luck to everyone who visits it. Through his friendship with Raymond, Sean learns to value individuality and independent thinking. And in the book's hilarious climax, it is Sean himself who engineers the showdown between the student body and SACGEN, the principal's pet projecta virtually useless Solar/Air Current Generating Machine that supposedly powers the high school. Smooth, skillful writing and an engaging cast of quirky characters will keep readers chuckling to the very end of this thoroughly enjoyable book. Ages 12-up. (August) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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AUTHOR NOTES

Gordon Korman was born in Montreal, Canada on October 23, 1963. When his 7th-grade English teacher told the class they could have 45 minutes a day for four months to work on a story of their choice, Korman began This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall. He was also the class monitor for the Scholastic TAB Book Club, so he sent his novel to the address on the TAB flyer, and a few days after his 14th birthday, he had a book contract with Scholastic.

By the time he graduated from high school, he had published five other novels and several articles for Canadian newspapers. He received a BFA degree from New York University with a major in Dramatic Writing and a minor in Film and TV. He has written over 75 books for children and young adults including the Swindle series, The Juvie Three, and two books of poetry written by the fictional character Jeremy Bloom.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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