Leon and the Spitting Image by Allen Kurzweil

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This book is about a hotel full of animals. And an evil ice maker. And glass eyeballs -- oh, and really old panty hose and Possibly Fake Hair. But mostly, it's about Leon Zeisel and his epic quest to survive fourth grade, despite his teacher, Miss Hagmeyer, and his archenemy, Lumpkin the Pumpkin, a human tank with a deadly dodgeball throw. Luckily, Leon has friends who will stand by him even if his magical plans for rescue and revenge involve ... SPIT!

 

About Allen Kurzweil

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Allen Kurzweil is the author of Leon and the Champion Chip-the second in a series of young-reader novels-in which he first explored the idea of a science curriculum based on the potato chip. Mr. Kurzweil has also written two award-winning novels for adults, A Case of Curiosities and The Grand Complication. Currently a fellow at the John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization at Brown University, he lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with his wife and son, Max, his potato chip science collaborator and beta-tester.
 
Published February 8, 2011 by Greenwillow Books. 320 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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Linn-Baker effortlessly inhabits the character of Leon Zeisel, a beleaguered fourth-grader with troubles at school that are larger (and weirder) than most kids'.

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Things take a surprising turn when the school bully douses Leon's final project (a carefully crafted likeness of Miss Cronheim herself) with spit and it comes to life, allowing Leon to control his teacher's actions in voodoo-like fashion.

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Common Sense Media

But when Lumpkin pours some of the coach's chewing tobacco spit on it, Leon discovers that he can control Miss Hagmeyer's actions with the doll.

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Kidz World

Leon Zeisel isn't your average fourth grader.

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