STANFORD WONG FLUNKS BIG-TIME by Lisa Yee

STANFORD WONG FLUNKS BIG-TIME

Age Range: 8 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

Yee’s companion to Millicent Min, Girl Genius (2003) tells the story of the same pivotal summer that Millicent tutors Stanford Wong—but this time through Stanford’s eyes. Although the story is again laced with humor and told in the first person, 11-year-old Stanford is more of a regular kid, and therefore by necessity his voice is more regular too, lacking the hilarious perspective of his socially clueless but intellectually gifted contemporary. Yee compensates by giving her likable protagonist numerous comic tribulations. His biggest is that he failed English and must attend summer school supplemented by Millicent’s tutoring. His scholastic problems are further complicated by a difficult home life—a disapproving father, constantly fighting parents and his concern over his increasingly addled but full-of-heart grandmother. He also has several self-generated troubles, specifically lies he told that, in order to keep from being found out, require numerous gyrations to protect. Parts of the story seem drawn out and not all of the complications are credible, but overall readers should find this story amusing, enjoyable and finally touching. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-439-62247-6
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Levine/Scholastic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2005




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