Don't Call Me Ishmael by Michael Gerard Bauer

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By the time ninth grade begins, Ishmael Leseur knows it won't be long before Barry Bagsley, the class bully, says, "Ishmael? What kind of wussy-crap name is that?” Ishmael's perfected the art of making himself virtually invisible. But all that changes when James Scobie joins the class. Unlike Ishmael, James has no sense of fear—he claims it was removed during an operation.

Now nothing will stop James and Ishmael from taking on bullies, bugs, and Moby Dick, in the toughest, weirdest, most embarrassingly awful . . . and the best year of their lives.


About Michael Gerard Bauer

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Michael Gerard Bauer, is is the award-winning author of "Don't Call Me Ishmael". He has taught English and economics, and lives in the suburb of Ashgrove, Australia.
Published March 2, 2009 by Greenwillow Books. 272 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Via brief, first-person chapters with funny titles, Bauer tells the tale of the developing friendship between James and Ishmael with great humor and sympathy, and he treats the familiar subject of bullying in a truthful way.

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Partly that's down to Ishmael's wonderful narration, which had me in stitches for much of the book, right from when he first tells us how he came to be christened Ishmael (yes, his parents were fans of the book you're thinking of!) until the wonderful ending.

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Ishmael Leseuer believes himself to be suffering from Ishmael Leseuer syndrome, a rare condition that causes him to pretty much have a terrible time-picked on at school by Barry Bagsley and his friends, constantly embarrassed by his dad telling the story of his name, and shown up by his little si...

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