HOW ANGEL PETERSON GOT HIS NAME by Gary Paulsen
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HOW ANGEL PETERSON GOT HIS NAME

Age Range: 10 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

Dedicated to all 13-year-old boys (“The miracle is that we live through it”), Paulsen’s latest collection of possibly autobiographical anecdotes, his most hilarious yet, celebrates that innate impulse to try really stupid stunts, just to see what happens. What sort of bad ideas can a group of lads in a small Minnesota town come up with? “Angel” Peterson ties himself, on skis, to a fast car, earning his sobriquet after claiming to hear angels singing “Your Cheatin’ Heart” when the attempt goes disastrously awry. Because some girls are watching, Orvis Orvisen goes toe to toe with a live sideshow bear; others try various primitive, ill-considered forms of hang-gliding, bicycle-jumping, and skateboarding, capped by a sidesplitting outtake from the author’s Harris and Me (1993), featuring a wildly misguided attempt at bungee-jumping. Related with the author’s customary matter-of-fact tone and keen comic timing, these episodes will not only keep young readers, of both sexes, in stitches, they’re made to order for reading aloud. (Biography. 10-12)

Pub Date: Jan. 14th, 2003
ISBN: 0-385-72949-9
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Wendy Lamb/Random
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2002




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