DONUTHEAD by Sue Stauffacher
Kirkus Star

DONUTHEAD

Age Range: 8 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

Stauffacher takes a stock premise—an improbable friendship between two psychologically opposite 11-year-olds helps them both mature—adds some smartly executed secondary characters and themes involving the importance of courage, hope, and dreams and turns it into something unique and magical. It’s narrated in the pitch-perfect, painfully funny first-person voice of Franklin Delano Donuthead, a boy cursed with an unfortunate moniker, an unknown sperm-donor father, a fearful personality, and an unhealthy obsession with germs. His life, which is ruled by a philosophy of risk-avoidance, changes dramatically when Sarah Kervick, who is filthy, tough, and deeply determined, joins his class, and in a delightfully surprising turn of events is befriended and later hired by Franklin’s sharply drawn baseball-loving mother. In time, the children forge an unlikely yet completely convincing alliance, enabling each to grow in ways that makes them more, as Sarah puts it, regular. Touching, funny, and gloriously human. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 14th, 2003
ISBN: 0-375-82468-5
Page count: 112pp
Publisher: Knopf
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2003




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