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101 WAYS TO BUG YOUR PARENTS by Lee Wardlaw

101 WAYS TO BUG YOUR PARENTS

By Lee Wardlaw

Age Range: 10 & up

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-8037-1901-9
Publisher: Dial

 When Sneeze's parents ruin his summer plans to take his latest gizmo to the Invention Convention, and enroll him instead in a summer writing class, he decides to get even by pestering them. He turns this obsession into his class project by producing a book of tested ways to annoy parents. When his classmates want to buy copies, he figures that he can make enough money to go to the convention without his parents. Wardlaw (Seventh-Grade Weirdo, 1992, etc.) works hard to be funny--and often is--but the strain shows occasionally: Sneeze and his friends (Hiccup the hypochondriac, Pierre of the fake French accent, Ace the supercool, etc.) don't become believable--or even likable--until the last 30 pages. The title will hook readers, though, and the ending will satisfy them, while the real list of the 101 ways to bug parents that closes the book is likely to elicit guffaws. (Fiction. 10+)