From the author of Herbie Jones, another funny look at kids and their not-so-everyday problems. Orp (Orville Rudemeyer Pygenski, Jr.) starts summer vacation after sixth grade by listing his 40 chief dislikes, topping them off with the worst of all: his own name. Finding that he's not alone (for starters, little sister Chloe has two awful middle names, and best friend Derrick [sic] turns out to have the secret middle name of Vivian), he joins the others in starting the "I Hate My Name Club," which collects some unexpected members—even ordinary names, it seems, can be a burden if too many other people share them. Overriding Mom's understandably hurt feelings, the children even place a newspaper ad (in the Hartford Courant) for an open meeting; but since Derrick, in a fit of misplaced economy, has deleted the words "Kids only eight to twelve," they collect a surprising—as well as oddly named—group for the meeting. Although there are some careless details (Orp says his allowance has been cut for the summer—he's supposed to work—but he is never seen either earning money or short of funds), Kline uses her basic idea to good comic effect; readers will recognize her lively characters as people they know, or would like to know. Good, easily read entertainment.
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