Born Too Short by Dan Elish
The Confessions of an Eighth-Grade Basket Case

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What do you do if your best friend is Keith Livingston? Keith -- who practically needs a chart to keep track of his babes. Keith -- the stud/athlete/Adonis of Hannaford School in New York City.

Well, for starters, if you're like Matt Greene, a 5'1" nerd who has never made out, you suffer.

When Keith's eighth-grade musical, Star Crossed, is a smash, Matt can't take it anymore. Blowing off steam on the corner of Eighty-first Street and Columbus, he wishes his buddy's life would fall completely apart.

Sound serious? As Matt's story shows, the insane, gut-wrenching jealousy of a non-stud/non-athlete/non-Adonis basket case can be wildly funny.


About Dan Elish

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Dan Elish is a composer and the author of three other books for young readers, among them The Worldwide Dessert Contest, which he has made into a musical performed in New York City schools. He and his wife live in Manhattan.
Published March 1, 2002 by Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books. 152 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books. Fiction

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A homeless man overhears Matt and warns him, “Wishes that strong can come true.” And much to Matt’s surprise, then remorseful horror, Keith starts fouling out on all fronts, causing Matt to worry that somehow, through the vehicle of the homeless man, he’s responsible.

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"Teenage angst may be no laughing matter, but readers will find it hard not to giggle over the misadventures of this 5'1" eighth-grade narrator, whose best friend constantly outshines him," PW said.

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