The Boy with the Lampshade on His Head by Bruce Wetter

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Stanley Krakow is amazing.
He's the world-record holder for Rock Kicking and Holding His Breath. He's a superhero in his spare time, rescuing his camp cabin mates from Volkswagen-size flying insects. Stanley's amazing all right...when no one can see or hear him....
The real Stanley is painfully shy; too shy to even speak out loud in class, much less kick a rock when he thinks someone might be watching. He worries about, well, everything, including how to save his prized glow-in-the-dark fish when his brother puts a river trout into the fish tank, whether stinky socks really do protect you from monster attacks (in which case he needs to start spending all sleeping hours in the laundry basket), and, most importantly, how he can get out of reading-aloud period in school. All in all, Stanley far prefers to live in his head.
That all changes when he meets Theresa, a new friend who has a terrible, real, problem, and needs Stanley to become the hero he's always pretending to be.
Meet the amazing Stanley Krakow...a most unlikely hero.
 

About Bruce Wetter

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Bruce Wetter has worked with foster children and their families for many years. He has also worked as a clown and a storyteller. He lives in Thousand Oaks, California, with his wife, Mari-Ann, and his fierce, seven-pound Shih Tzu, Scooter. This is his first novel.
 
Published May 1, 2004 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 304 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Stanley Krakow, a timid, pathologically shy fifth-grade worry wart who only shines in his overactive imagination, has to deal with the real world when he learns that Theresa, his new, seemingly high-spirited classmate and neighbor, is regularly beaten by her mother.

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Stanley, the protagonist of Wetter's striking if flawed debut, might be a tongue-tied geek to his fifth-grade classmates, but in his own mind he is the Very Famous Stanley Krakow, constantly trailed by surreptitious ESPN vans that record his every record-breaking move.

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