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Invasion of the Road Weenies: And Other Warped and Creepy Tales
David Lubar
0765314479
September 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7–In this companion to In the Land of the Lawn Weenies (Tom Doherty, 2003), Lubar takes kids' wishes and fantasies and shows how they might go horribly–even fatally–wrong. Most of the protagonists in these 35 short-short tales think that they cannot be surprised, which makes their shock when they meet the unexplainable more fun, and creepier. Many of the selections are told with a sly, satirical humor. Although a few pieces fall flat, the chilling ones far outweigh them. What if you discovered, for example, that when you recorded over your dad's boring videotapes of a family vacation or a school play, those events suddenly had never occurred? And what if you accidentally erased the videotape of your mother giving birth to you? Oh oh. Not for the sensitive or easily frightened, this...


Flip
David Lubar
0765340488
May 2004
Mass Market Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-Twins Taylor and Ryan, 13, discover mysterious disks dropped by aliens in the woods. When properly "flipped," each disk temporarily fuses into the palm and projects into the person the abilities and knowledge of a "legend" from the past. Ryan's first try turns him into Babe Ruth, and he wows his classmates with home runs and hot-dog eating. He goes on to become Albert Einstein, Elvis Presley, and Queen Victoria. The results get him into even more trouble than he's used to and makes his already tense relationship with his perfectionist father worse. His sister is a straight-A student and much less eager to take risks; she spends most of her energy trying to keep her brother out of trouble. The narrative jumps nimbly between the siblings and also includes their meek but funny friend Ellis and the...


Hidden Talents
David Lubar
0765342650
January 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
After being expelled from any number of schools, 13-year-old Martin winds up at Edgeview, a publicly funded boarding school and a last-chance alternative. Martin, who narrates, doesn't seem like a delinquent, but he just can't stop himself from taunting his teachers. By the end of his first day he has infuriated the whole staff. Of the kids, Bloodbath is a terror, as are his cronies, but Martin's roommate, "Torchie," is nice enough, although he constantly denies starting the fires that flare up wherever he goes. The other boys Martin gets to know similarly refuse to own up to the particular behavior that landed them at Edgeview. Readers expecting a typical resolution, wherein the boys accept responsibility for their misdeeds, are in for a surprise. Martin's buddies aren't liars and troublemakers at all;...


In the Land of the Lawn Weenies and Other Misadventures
David Lubar
0765345706
June 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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Review
“These stories creeped us out — and we loved it. Four stars!” —Chicago Tribune

“Really off the wall stories. They’re funny thrillers that scare you out of your seat, but have you laughing all the time.” —Walter The Giant Storyteller

“Clever, creepy, and full of surprises.” —James Howe


Dunk
David Lubar
0618439099
June 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The slightly tawdry world of boardwalk arcades along the New Jersey shore is just one of the attractions of Lubar's (Hidden Talents) engrossing novel. From the first moment soon-to-be-11th-grader Chad hears the boardwalk clown hurling insults ("His voice ripped the air like a chain saw," the novel begins), the teen is mesmerized. The "bozo," whose witty barbs lure passersby to try and drop him into a water tank, represents all that Chad is not: "Nobody ignored him. Nobody looked down on him or told him he was a loser." The boy adds working as a bozo to his list of goals-along with seeing a certain girl again-for what he hopes will be "the greatest summer of his life." But plans go awry when a rival beats him to the romance punch, his best friend is struck with a life-threatening illness, and Chad has run-ins not...


Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie
David Lubar
0525473114
July 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Starred Review. Grade 7-10 -Scott Hudson is the quintessential freshman. He's small, he's lost, and seniors yoke him for spare change. His honors homework keeps him up all night and his gym teacher is trying to kill him. He joins the paper, runs for student council, and tries out for the play, just to be near a girl he likes. This all backfires. He turns out to be the least athletic sports reporter in school history, and freshman lackey to the sadists on stage crew. Meanwhile, his mother is pregnant. The plot is framed by Scott's journal of advice for the unborn baby. The novel's absurd, comical mood is evident in its entries, like "Scott Hudson's List of Good Things about Getting Beat Up," and jabs at the fetus ("I hope we can recover our investment [in baby furniture] when I sell you."). The author brings...


It's Not a Bug, It's a Feature!
David Lubar
0201483041
Feb 1995
Paperback
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Amazon.com
This is a handy collection of pithy quotations about computers: advice, put-downs, off-the-mark predictions, and other snippets from experts such as Steve Jobs, Ted Nelson, Thomas J. Watson, George Bush, and Duckman. Anyone who writes, speaks, or thinks about computers is sure to find at least a few useful tidbits for their work in this book: "The goal was that it had to be better than the back of an envelope. -- Dan Bricklin, creator of VisiCalc, circa 1978 "Unlike print, electronic text defies proverbial wisdom. You can have your cake, give it away, then eat it, and still have it." -- Richard A. Lanham, 1993

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Ribbiting Tales: Original Stories about Frogs
Nancy Springer (Editor)
0641566794

Hardcover
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Wizards of the Game
David Lubar
0399237062
Apr 2003
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-Mercer Dickensen's passion is a fantasy role-playing game called Wizards of the Warrior World. He and his friends play during free periods, after school, and on weekends. When he is asked to help organize the annual school fund-raiser to benefit a local homeless shelter, he suggests a gaming convention in the gym, with observation posts and all kinds of associated sale and swap tables featuring books and other paraphernalia. His idea is enthusiastically adopted by most of his classmates and teachers, as well as by Pastor Chuck, who runs the shelter. However, a dissenting article in the school paper by a student who links the game with Satanism and devil worship brings out a group of Bible-toting fundamentalists who halt the convention and game playing at school. After Pastor Chuck introduces Mercer...


Flip
David Lubar
0765301490
July 2003
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-Twins Taylor and Ryan, 13, discover mysterious disks dropped by aliens in the woods. When properly "flipped," each disk temporarily fuses into the palm and projects into the person the abilities and knowledge of a "legend" from the past. Ryan's first try turns him into Babe Ruth, and he wows his classmates with home runs and hot-dog eating. He goes on to become Albert Einstein, Elvis Presley, and Queen Victoria. The results get him into even more trouble than he's used to and makes his already tense relationship with his perfectionist father worse. His sister is a straight-A student and much less eager to take risks; she spends most of her energy trying to keep her brother out of trouble. The narrative jumps nimbly between the siblings and also includes their meek but funny friend Ellis and the...


Hidden Talents
David Lubar
0613340310
Nov 2000
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
After being expelled from any number of schools, 13-year-old Martin winds up at Edgeview, a publicly funded boarding school and a last-chance alternative. Martin, who narrates, doesn't seem like a delinquent, but he just can't stop himself from taunting his teachers. By the end of his first day he has infuriated the whole staff. Of the kids, Bloodbath is a terror, as are his cronies, but Martin's roommate, "Torchie," is nice enough, although he constantly denies starting the fires that flare up wherever he goes. The other boys Martin gets to know similarly refuse to own up to the particular behavior that landed them at Edgeview. Readers expecting a typical resolution, wherein the boys accept responsibility for their misdeeds, are in for a surprise. Martin's buddies aren't liars and troublemakers at all;...


Hidden Talents
David Lubar
0613987578
Jan 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
After being expelled from any number of schools, 13-year-old Martin winds up at Edgeview, a publicly funded boarding school and a last-chance alternative. Martin, who narrates, doesn't seem like a delinquent, but he just can't stop himself from taunting his teachers. By the end of his first day he has infuriated the whole staff. Of the kids, Bloodbath is a terror, as are his cronies, but Martin's roommate, "Torchie," is nice enough, although he constantly denies starting the fires that flare up wherever he goes. The other boys Martin gets to know similarly refuse to own up to the particular behavior that landed them at Edgeview. Readers expecting a typical resolution, wherein the boys accept responsibility for their misdeeds, are in for a surprise. Martin's buddies aren't liars and troublemakers at all;...


Wizards of the Game
David Lubar
014240215X
October 2004
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-Mercer Dickensen's passion is a fantasy role-playing game called Wizards of the Warrior World. He and his friends play during free periods, after school, and on weekends. When he is asked to help organize the annual school fund-raiser to benefit a local homeless shelter, he suggests a gaming convention in the gym, with observation posts and all kinds of associated sale and swap tables featuring books and other paraphernalia. His idea is enthusiastically adopted by most of his classmates and teachers, as well as by Pastor Chuck, who runs the shelter. However, a dissenting article in the school paper by a student who links the game with Satanism and devil worship brings out a group of Bible-toting fundamentalists who halt the convention and game playing at school. After Pastor Chuck introduces Mercer...


Dunk
David Lubar
061819455X
Sept 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The slightly tawdry world of boardwalk arcades along the New Jersey shore is just one of the attractions of Lubar's (Hidden Talents) engrossing novel. From the first moment soon-to-be-11th-grader Chad hears the boardwalk clown hurling insults ("His voice ripped the air like a chain saw," the novel begins), the teen is mesmerized. The "bozo," whose witty barbs lure passersby to try and drop him into a water tank, represents all that Chad is not: "Nobody ignored him. Nobody looked down on him or told him he was a loser." The boy adds working as a bozo to his list of goals-along with seeing a certain girl again-for what he hopes will be "the greatest summer of his life." But plans go awry when a rival beats him to the romance punch, his best friend is struck with a life-threatening illness, and Chad has run-ins not...


Witches' Monkey and Other Tales
David Lubar
0812558812
October 1997
Paperback
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Review
"A great new talent. He blows my mind in a fun way." --Christopher Pike

"David Lubar is weird. I like that in a writer." --Bruce Coville

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