ORP by Suzy Kline


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From the author of Herbie Jones, another funny look at kids and their not-so-everyday problems. Orp (Orville Rudemeyer Pygenski, Jr.) starts summer vacation after sixth grade by listing his 40 chief dislikes, topping them off with the worst of all: his own name. Finding that he's not alone (for starters, little sister Chloe has two awful middle names, and best friend Derrick [sic] turns out to have the secret middle name of Vivian), he joins the others in starting the "I Hate My Name Club," which collects some unexpected members--even ordinary names, it seems, can be a burden if too many other people share them. Overriding Mom's understandably hurt feelings, the children even place a newspaper ad (in the Hartford Courant) for an open meeting; but since Derrick, in a fit of misplaced economy, has deleted the words "Kids only eight to twelve," they collect a surprising--as well as oddly named--group for the meeting. Although there are some careless details (Orp says his allowance has been cut for the summer--he's supposed to work--but he is never seen either earning money or short of funds), Kline uses her basic idea to good comic effect; readers will recognize her lively characters as people they know, or would like to know. Good, easily read entertainment.

Pub Date: April 27th, 1989
ISBN: 399-21639-1
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Putnam
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