Melonhead by Michael de Guzman

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Sidney T. Mellon, Junior's head is round and much too large for his pencil thin body. A cantaloupe comes to mind. So does the name, Melonhead. What chance does he have, looking like this and yo-yoing between divorced parents who aren't up to the job? No wonder he gets on a bus and heads for New York City, "As far away as he could get." So begins a journey of self-discovery that takes him from Seattle to Los Angeles to New York, to a small town in Rhode Island where he confronts his grandmother, who wants nothing to do with him. All Sidney wants is a safe place to be. This was my first novel for young readers. It was published in hardcover by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2002. The paperback and ebook versions are published by the author.

About Michael de Guzman

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Michael de Guzman has written six novels for young readers. Beekman's Big Deal with his second. Prior to writing books, he wrote scripts for television movies. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
Published May 7, 2012 by CreateSpace. 170 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Displaying great resilience, a streak of heroism, and a wonderful talent for inventing names—Waldo Smeely, Nestor Beachnut, Busby Spackle, to mention but a few—and fake life stories to go along with them, Sidney makes his way to New York, where he finds both wonder and pain, but not journey’s end.

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Teleplay writer de Guzman's polished first novel for children centers on 12-year-old Sidney Mellon, whose uncommonly large head and unfortunate name earn him the eponymous moniker.

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