Donuthead by Sue Stauffacher

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Franklin Delano Donuthead is a fifth grader with a lot of problems: For starters, his last name is Donuthead. He considers himself handicapped because one arm and leg are shorter than the other (by less than half an inch), his mother is trying to poison him with non-organic foods (like salami), he doesn’t have a father, and Sarah Kervick, the new girl, who’s mean and totally unhygienic, is attached to him, warts and all, like glue.

This is a hilarious and touching novel featuring a neurotic, scared boy and a tougher-than-nails girl who each help the other in more ways than they can imagine. Sue Stauffacher has crafted characters full of wit and sensitivity, with a little anti-bacterial soap thrown in for good measure.

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About Sue Stauffacher

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Sue Stauffacher is a professional journalist and has been writing a children's book review column for ten years. This is her first novel for Knopf.From the Hardcover edition.
Published December 18, 2008 by Yearling. 176 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Stauffacher takes a stock premise—an improbable friendship between two psychologically opposite 11-year-olds helps them both mature—adds some smartly executed secondary characters and themes involving the importance of courage, hope, and dreams and turns it into something unique and magical.

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Narrator Franklin Delano Donuthead deals with all the normal pressures of fifth grade, as well as a fairly advanced case of obsessive-compulsive disorder and a most unfortunate name.

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In a starred review, PW said, "This insightful novel offers a good-natured optimism as well as some hilarious asides from the obsessive fifth-grade hero."

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But Sarah, as Franklin's mother says, has "real problems: she lives in poverty with her abusive father, but dreams of being a figure skater.

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Soon, Sarah and Franklin's mother become friends, and his mom even hires Sarah to help teach Franklin to play baseball.

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