The Fat Boy Chronicles by Diane Lang

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It's bad enough being the new kid, but as a freshman, Jimmy finds school less enjoyable than many of his classmates. Standing 5'5" and weighing 187 pounds, he's subjected to a daily barrage of taunts and torments. His only sources of comfort are his family, his youth group, and his favorite foods. When his English teacher assigns a journal as a writing project, Jimmy chronicles not only his struggles but also his aspirations - to lose weight and win the girl of his dreams. Inspired by a true story and told in first-person journal entries, The Fat Boy Chronicles brings to life the pain and isolation felt by many overweight teenagers as they try to find their way in a world obsessed with outward beauty.

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Michael Buchanan is the owner of Michael Buchanan Designs, a New York-based interior design firm that pairs European philosophies with practical and functional needs. He is also the owner of a popular antique store in the Pennsylvania countryside. His designs have been featured in Traditional Home and Better Homes and Gardens. Michael has been invited by Christopher Lowell himself to participate in a new feature next season, "Designer's Round Table." He can also be seen on HGTV's "Decorating With Style" and "Our Home. Diane Lang is a volunteer wildlife educator who leads programs at two wildlife centers in Northern California and one in Southern California. Previously she ran classroom programs for a library, was on the publications staff at Caltech, and wrote newsletters and raised puppies for Guide Dogs of America. She lives in Alamo, California, with her husband, two rats, a parakeet, and a tarantula. She claims, as well, the hummingbirds that visit the bird feeder and the squirrels that scamper through the trees. Learn more about Diane at
Published November 12, 2010 by Sleeping Bear Press. 224 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Fourteen-year-old Jimmy Winterpock is a self-proclaimed “diet-challenged kid” who sits in the back row so he won’t have to hear, “We can’t see around Jimmy!” He’s in a new school and has hopes of making new friends, though he soon realizes it’s the same old thing—no friends, no girlfriend and inc...

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Adults, as well as kids, will be well-served to read The Fat Boy Chronicles and learn, not just the story of Jimmy Winterpock, but of the courage and faith he demonstrates in just going forward in his daily life, as well—many of us could benefit from finding those things within ourselves, no doub...

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