95 POUNDS OF HOPE by Anna Gavalda


Age Range: 10 - 14
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French Gregory Dubosc, 13, hates school and has since his first day. He can build anything with his hands, but after kindergarten none of his classes makes use of that skill. His parents don’t get along. His grandfather, who is his best friend, is ill. Nothing is going Gregory’s way, so he shuts down. When he is held back a second time, his parents decide to send him to boarding school. Gregory finds one he wouldn’t mind attending, but they have high standards. The right amount of prodding from his grandfather and work on Gregory’s part get him the second chance he needs. This slight volume by a French journalist and adult-novelist will satisfy reluctant readers, school-haters, and square pegs of all stripes. Gregory narrates his own story with an authentic, honest voice that could issue from the mouth of any tween in any Western country. Some story elements might appear over-used, but small surprises make them Gregory’s own. A hopeful, genuine story that will be an asset to any collection. (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-670-03672-2
Page count: 112pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2003