My Life as a Fifth-Grade Comedian by Elizabeth Levy

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Life as the class clown mayseem like a laugh a minute,but Bobby's situation is nojoke:His constant misbehavior isaboutto send him to the Schoolfor Intervention-two steps fromreformschool.

Bobby's older brother went there. That is, before he got kicked out of school altogether and then kicked out of the house. Their father calls it tough love, but to Bobby it seems more like tough luck. And he knows he could be next.

Bobby's got one last chance to prove to his teachers, his parents, and himself that comedy is no joke. His assignment: to put on a school-wide laugh-off. It'll be a stand-up standoff between the teachers and the students-and may the best comic win.

But being the King of Comedy isn't Bobby's only goal. The Great Laugh-Off is also his chance to teach his sarcastic father an important lesson: that jokes can have the power to hurt-and also to heal.

2000-2001 Georgia's Picture Storybook Award & Georgia's Children's Book Award Masterlist


About Elizabeth Levy

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Elizabeth Levy loves to tell stories that combine serious issues with humor. She has proven it with her award-winning books for young readers, including My Life As A Fifth-Grade Comedian, Keep Ms. Sugarman In The Fourth Grade, and other best-selling books in the Sam and Robert series, including Frankenstein Moved In On The Fourth Floor and Dracula Is A Pain In The Neck. She lives in New York City.
Published September 30, 1997 by HarperCollins. 192 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Tensions run high as Bobby struggles to channel his comedic energy and drive into the productive efforts suggested by his understanding teacher, while also dealing with pressures from his brother and nay-saying father.

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It's Bobby Garrick's last chance to avoid being kicked out of school--his teacher has taken him up on his off-the-cuff suggestion and ordered him to organize a ""laugh-off,"" pitting teachers against kids with comedy routines to decide who's the funniest person in school.

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