Happy Kid! by Gail Gauthier

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All cynical Kyle wants is to get through the seventh grade unnoticed, but a self-help book from his well-meaning mother changes all that. Magically, the book seems to know all about him. And it wants him to improve his life.

Not only is he friendless, mistakenly taking super-difficult accelerated courses, and infamous for allegedly being involved in a violent "incident" on the bus (a rep that has the school terror sticking to him like glue), one of the true A Kids wants to lure him into questioning whether his class cheated on their state exams. How could a book help anyone through this kind of misery?


About Gail Gauthier

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JOE CEPEDA has illustrated many books for children, including What a Truly Cool World by Julius Lester, Nappy Hair by Carolivia Herron, and The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman by Darcy Pattison. He lives in Whittier, California.
Published May 18, 2006 by Putnam Juvenile. 192 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This slyly fanciful but unambiguously humorous story opens when Kyle, a hapless kid who’s negative enough to make a cheerleader boo, gets a book from his well-meaning but irritating mother titled Happy Kid!

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