King of the Screwups by K. L. Going

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Liam Geller is Mr. Popularity. Everybody loves him. He excels at sports; he knows exactly what clothes to wear; he always ends up with the most beautiful girls in school. But he's got an uncanny ability to screw up in the very ways that tick off his father the most.
When Liam finally kicked out of the house, his father's brother takes him in. What could a teenage chick magnet possibly have in common with his gay, glam rocker, DJ uncle who lives in a trailer in upstate New York? A lot more than you'd think. And when Liam attempts to make himself over as a nerd in a desperate attempt to impress his father, it's his "aunt" Pete and the guys in his band who convince Liam there's much more to him than his father will ever see.
 

About K. L. Going

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K. L. GOING is the author of Fat Kid Rules the World, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book; Saint Iggy; and The Garden of Eve. She lives and writes full-time in Glen Spey, New York.www.klgoing.com
 
Published May 3, 2010 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 320 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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However, Frita, who is African-American, has fears of her own and the story becomes a study of standing up to fears and to bullies, from the schoolyard to the Ku Klux Klan.

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This innovative, out-of-the-box approach juxtaposes stereotypes, received values, parental roles and masculinity in a jarringly fun and approachable manner that marks a triumphant left-turn for the genre.

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Perhaps if more young adult authors wrote characters like Darleen, more people like Liam would read the novels.

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Using shades of a southern drawl, Keefe effortlessly slips into the character of Gabriel King, a boy who's fearful of just about everything, especially fifth grade (and the older bullies who await him)—exactly where he's headed after the summer of 1976.

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Common Sense Media

Even though the story is told in Liam's voice, readers will cotton on pretty quickly to the reality that Liam can't see and, so compelling is the author's way of telling the story, they will want to set him straight.

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Liam's attempts to befriend her, not fit in at school and help his uncle will cause you to laugh and perhaps feel a bit sorry for Liam and his struggle to be unpopular.

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