Jonah the Whale by Susan Richards Shreve

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To cope with the taunts of his schoolmates, lonely, overweight Jonah escapes into the fantasy of being a talk show host named "Jonah the Whale", and creates a new identity for himself.
 

About Susan Richards Shreve

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Susan Richards Shreve is the author of twelve novels and a number of books for children. She is a professor at George Mason University and the president of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. She lives in Washington, D. C.
 
Published May 1, 1998 by Arthur A. Levine Books. 128 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When he is dubbed “Jonah the Whale” at his new school, rather than let the insult fester, Jonah turns the image into an unlikely symbol of empowerment: He imagines himself sitting inside a whale on the set of a new talk show exclusively for kids.

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An overweight 11-year-old decides to reinvent himself as a TV talk-show host with a gimmicky whale set.

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After his mother's boyfriend Tom (whom Jonah adores) walks out, Jonah's family moves to a new town, where the overweight sixth-grader must take care of his younger brother every day after school and struggles to make friends.

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