My Life as a Stuntboy by Janet Tashjian & Jake Tashjian

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Derek Fallon gets the opportunity of a lifetime—to be a stunt boy in a major movie featuring a pretty teen starlet. After accepting the job he learns that he is the star's stunt double and must wear a wig! His friends are never going to let him live this down. If that weren’t his only problem, his parents are threatening to give away his pet monkey, and his best friend just posted an embarrassing video of him on Youtube. Can life get any worse? Still the irrepressible Derek takes it all in stride and even manages to save the day.
 

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Janet Tashjian is the author of acclaimed books for young adults, including The Gospel According to Larry, Vote for Larry, Fault Line, and Multiple Choice. Disney adapted Tru Confessions into a television movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. Tashjian studied at the University of Rhode Island and Emerson College. She lives in Needham, Massachusetts, with her family.
 
Published October 11, 2011 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 273 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Josh Swensen, the “hyperactive, solve-the-world’s-problems-by-dinnertime” boy who recreated himself as counterculture hero Larry (The Gospel According to Larry, 2001, etc.), is back for a third installment.

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Words like “impulse” and “discipline” are illustrated Pictionary-style by the author’s teenage son, mirroring Derek’s vocabulary-building technique: “My parents insist I use this system all the time, so I usually pretend I’m a spy being tortured by Super Evildoers who force me to practice ‘active...

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Derek’s Yoda-like parkour/stunt coach Tony also has many life lessons for the stuntboy, such as “Parkour is about making your way around obstacles.” The family’s foster capuchin monkey Frank provides a hairy subplot, as does Derek’s nagging worry about losing his best friend Matt, suddenly jealou...

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Derek spends time after school with his dog, Bodi, and Frank, the capuchin monkey they are fostering, then goes with his friend Matt, skateboarding to UCLA’s campus to work on climbing skills at the parking garage.

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