The Downside of Being Up by Alan Sitomer

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Thirteen-year-old Bobby Connor is a normal adolescent boy--at least he hopes he is--just trying to survive middle school. But it seems he's being foiled at every turn, and even his own body is conspiring against him. And when his math teacher is seriously injured from the shock and fright of witnessing just how out of control Bobby's changing adolescent body is getting, he starts to worry he's anything but normal.

Faced with expulsion from school for violating the student handbook code, Bobby opts for therapy--Correctional Erectional Therapy. It's official: Bobby Connor is not normal. But in this uproarious and heartfelt novel, he's going to do his darndest to make it seem that he is . . . or maybe just try to make it through middle school.


About Alan Sitomer

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Alan Lawrence Sitomer (, an award-winning inner-city high school English teacher, is also the acclaimed author of four young adult novels: The Hoopster, Hip-Hop High School, Homeboyz and The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
Published September 15, 2011 by Putnam Juvenile. 224 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Stereotypical characterizations combined with a plot that reads like a rejected Family Guy script assure that the novel will find an enthusiastic audience with middle-school boys who share Sitomer’s dubious sense of humor, if with no one else.

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