DORK IN DISGUISE by Carol Gorman


Age Range: 8 - 12
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PLB 0-06-024867-X A book that celebrates the many notches of cool; although the territory isn’t new, Gorman (Jennifer-the-Jerk is Missing, 1994, etc.) makes sure readers enjoy this lesson in what makes a dork tick. Jerry Flack is a dork, and he knows it; he exhibits all the prime characteristics, from wearing glasses to loving science and getting good grades. When he moves to a new neighborhood, Jerry decides on the lofty goal of becoming cool, but Brenda, for one, sees through his disguise instantly, and offers to give him lessons. He tears his jeans just right, struts just like Gabe and Tony, and gains the attention of the lovely Cinnamon. Cool comes at a price, of course; Jerry has to tell lies frequently, and ignore the fact that Cinnamon is an airhead. The sacrifice he can’t bring himself to make is turning down the chance to be on the science team. It will be no surprise to readers that Jerry is smart enough to realize that his real friend is Brenda, and it’s predictable that the cool kids come over to his side—because this is fiction, and such things happen in books. A funny tale, with a truly in-your-face cover illustration, meant to snag those who care about cool and those who pretend they don’t. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1999
ISBN: 0-06-024866-1
Page count: 164pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1999


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