I Am Fartacus by Mark Maciejewski
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Overstuffed with issues, as are many first novels, but casting the apparent underdog as the bully is a provocative change of pace, and the many lamebrain stunts and alimentary jokes are at least sniggerworthy.
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It’s jocks vs. nerds as a tween and his cadre of misfits go to hilarious lengths to bring down their enemies in this laugh-out-loud MAX novel.

Chub is a short, accidentally bald, middle school outcast with no chance of ever becoming one of the popular kids. With help from his personal band of like-minded misfits (not to mention tactics gleaned from the Colonel, a US military vet with toenail issues), Chub’s determined to bring down his nemesis, class hero and now potential class president, Archer, or the Arch—the very guy who betrayed Chub with the lice-killing potion that left him bald as a billiard ball. If the Arch gets to be president, Chub knows his life is officially over.

Chub’s got a lot of dirt on the Arch: embarrassing photos and underwear about to fly from the school flagpole, for starters. But then he discovers that there are some very dangerous skeletons in Archer’s closet, and more at stake than just a few middle school reputations.

With a lot of help from his friends, Chub sets off to bring down an evil empire—and inadvertently become the least likely hero that Alanmoore Middle School’s ever seen.
 

About Mark Maciejewski

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Like Chub, Mark Maciejewski was one of the “usual suspects” throughout his grade school years. Mark’s hair, however, didn’t fall out until much later in life. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, and napping. His love of comics and graphic novels is a major influence on his work. He lives in Seattle with his wife, four kids, two dogs, two frogs, six glow-in-the-dark fish, and a borrowed cat. I Am Fartacus is his first novel. You can find Mark online at MarkMaciejewski.com or on Twitter at @Magicjetski.
 
Published April 18, 2017 by Aladdin. 336 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Above average
on Dec 21 2016

Overstuffed with issues, as are many first novels, but casting the apparent underdog as the bully is a provocative change of pace, and the many lamebrain stunts and alimentary jokes are at least sniggerworthy.

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