Slob by Ellen Potter

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Twelve-year-old Owen Birnbaum is the fattest kid in school. But he?s also a genius who invents cool contraptions? like a TV that shows the past. Something happened two years ago that he needs to see. But genius or not, there is much Owen can?t outthink. Like his gym coach, who?s on a mission to humiliate him. Or the way his Oreos keep disappearing from his lunch. He?s sure that if he can only get the TV to work, things will start to make sense. But it will take a revelation for Owen, not science, to see the answer?s not in the past, but the present. That no matter how large he is on the outside, he doesn?t have to feel small on the inside. With her trademark humor, Ellen Potter has created a larger-than-life character and story whose weight is immense when measured in heart.


About Ellen Potter

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Ellen Potter is the author of The Kneebone Boy, published by Feiwel and Friends, and praised as "a quirky charmer" by Kirkus Reviews in a starred review. Her other novels include Slob, a Junior Library Guild selection, and the bestselling Olivia Kidney series. She lives in Upstate New York.
Published March 30, 2009 by Philomel. 208 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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While the Oreo heist provides the main premise for Owen to engage with other kids at school, there are a number of secondary mysteries crafted alongside it, each of them raising unexpected questions that are neatly wrapped up by the novel’s end.

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Although Duffy's humor does get a bit wearying, readers will surely warm to many of her suggestions (e.g., cooking eggs "Karaoke Style"), and find themselves fascinated by Duffy's recipe for "Gravy-Scented Candles," which aid nicely in Duffy's mission: looking like you "tried" by exerting only mi...

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Arlington Library

The big Owen Birnbaum is determined to find out who took his Oreo cookies and his parents lives.

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Sycamore Reviews

I stumbled across the original Olivia Kidney in the school library and fell in love with everything she writes.

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