THE EARS OF LOUIS by Constance C. Greene


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Fifth grader Louis wishes desperately that his ears were smaller and his muscles bigger -- until a neighbor lady he plays poker with gives him an amulet, and an old man at a garageless garage sale gives him some bar bells, and before long he's playing football with the big kids who call him ""ears"" as if they like him. An unpromising outline, but Greene makes affecting human encounters out of the poker games with the old lady, the reverse bargaining with the henpecked old man, and the exchanges in the school hall and lunch room with teasing sixth graders. In addition, louis has a couple of friends who are nicely individualized, as well as honestly supportive. All in all, though Louis' ears remain his most prominent characteristic, he is still an acquaintance worth making.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1974
Publisher: Viking