Calvin Coconut by Graham Salisbury
Kung Fooey

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Calvin Coconut's fourth grade class meets Benni Obi, a weird and likable new kid. Benny brags about knowing kung fu, wears mirrored sunglasses, eats worms, crickets, and chocolate-covered scorpions, and says all the wrong things to bully Tito. Uh-oh. Meanwhile, the neighborhood kids and pets clear the road—Calvin's  babysitter Stella is learning how to drive. She's got a lead foot.
Readers will enjoy the humor in Kung Fooey as Calvin's smarts and courage help him learn something new about standing up for friends, and facing a bully.




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About Graham Salisbury

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Graham Salisbury writes from the heart and draws on his own experiences of growing up in Hawaii. His drive to write about the emotional journey that kids must take to become adults in a challenging and complicated world is evident through his work. Says the author: "I've thought a lot about what my job is, or should be, as an author of books for young readers. I don't write to teach, preach, lecture, or criticize, but to explore. . . . And if my stories show [characters] choosing certain life options, and the possible consequences of having chosen those options, then maybe I will have finally done something worthwhile. Wonder of wonders." Salisbury has already done something worthwhile. His first novel, Blue Skin of the Sea, won the PEN/Norma Klein Award, the Bank Street Child Study Awa
 
Published September 13, 2011 by Wendy Lamb Books. 146 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Yet the cultural details of Oahu emerge naturally, the inevitable neighborhood bully is richly developed and the familial relationships among Calvin and his sister, their mom and her boyfriend are touching, realistically tempered with moments of frustration.

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This second installment about Oahu-dwelling Calvin builds on the engaging story line first introduced in the chapter-book series’s debut title, Calvin Coconut, Trouble Magnet (2008).

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Fifth in the Calvin Coconut series, this fast and engaging read focuses on fourth-grader Calvin, who lives with his mom, little sister and a teenage houseguest, Stella, since his father left the family.

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A school assignment about persuasive writing frames this appealing third offering in a series set on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.

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Sixth in a winning series set in Oahu, Hawaii, this latest about 9-year-old Calvin spins a new twist about his struggle with the island bully that will leave readers satisfied with its auspicious, though imperfect, resolution.

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Read full review > Sixth in a winning series set in Oahu, Hawaii, this latest about 9-year-old Calvin spins a new twist about his struggle with the island bully that will leave readers satisfied with its auspicious, though imperfect, resolution.

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Oregon Live

A perfect end-of-summer tale is "Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet," written by Graham Salisbury of Lake Oswego.

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City Book Review

Then Darci gives Calvin one of her tickets, so Calvin gives tickets to his friends.

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KidsReads

Calvin thinks Benny is “like a firecracker with a fuse that had burned down to the powder but hadn’t gone off…and no one wanted to check it because it might explode in your face.” While Calvin tries to figure out Benny, trouble brews with Tito Andrade, the sixth-grade bully who, along with his p...

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Kepler's

When Calvin's teacher asks the class to write one page persuading him that they should have the one thing they want most, Calvin knows his paper will be about a dog.

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Kepler's

(Dad left years ago, leaving the family only his goofy, but now permanently legal, stage surname: “Coconut.”) However, Calvin tends to forget to be responsible for some rather important jobs.

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I would recommend this title to 2nd – 4th graders, especially fans of the Stink books by MacDonald, and Alvin Ho series by Look .

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