My Life of Crime by Richard W. Jennings

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It all started with a feather, beautiful and bright green, that fate placed in the middle of the school hall for Fowler Young to find. It had fallen, along with a great many others, from a bedraggled parrot trapped in Mrs. Picklestain’s third-grade classroom. Seeing the bird’s poor condition and fearing for its life, Fowler decides to take fate into his own hands. He would need a plan, a place to keep the bird out of sight, and a patsy to blame. But even the best-laid plans can go awry, and Fowler must contend with the many complications and moral dilemmas that arise as he slides down the slippery slope toward a life of crime.

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Published October 28, 2002 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 160 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But without any real investment in Fowler as a living, breathing character, the reader may find herself questioning some of the key elements—such as Fowler’s parents’ extended and indefinite absence, leaving him with no real adult supervision and no money whatsoever.

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Fowler, the sixth-grader at the center of Jennings's (Orwell's Luck) buoyant, briskly paced novel, explains that, despite his unusual first name, his life is quite ordinary: "I'm average-looking, make average grades, and have parents who are so thoroughly average in every way that there's hardly ...

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