The New Champion
The New Champion

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Annotation: Tired of living in his brother Spencer's shadow, twelve-year-old Cameron Schein considers taking an unfair advantage to win the second Golly Toy and Game Company's Gollywhopper Games, in which the brothers and other children compete by solving puzzles, answering riddles, and doing stunts.
Catalog Number: #107997
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Illustrator: Jamieson, Victoria,
Pages: 394 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-221126-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-90052-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-221126-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-90052-3
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2014004276
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Horn Book
Twelve-year-old Cameron Schein is desperate to compete in the second Gollywhopper Games, and he gets his wish. But so does his older brother. With expert pacing and high-stakes tension, Feldman leads her diverse ensemble cast through a range of puzzles and challenges that will engage readers and keep them guessing about just how far Cameron's abilities can take him in the contest.
Kirkus Reviews
Bert Golliwop and his executive team at Golly Toy and Game Company decide to hold a second round of Gollywhopper Games in this sequel. Enter 12-year-old Cameron, an ordinary middle child with an actual ticket to said games courtesy of older brother Spencer, who entered him thinking it would double his chances to get in. Mild-mannered Cameron might never have considered it. Spencer plays all the angles, and his competitiveness keeps the brothers at odds throughout. Cameron doesn't think much of his chances and really believes that his family hasn't any faith in him either, but he finds the games' puzzles intriguing. His video camera—his lifelong companion—has trained him to see things cinematically, and his observation skills become key. Readers might feel that they are following Cameron to his inevitable, big win, but Feldman is canny and employs hints of a possible act of sabotage to keep the outcome slightly more uncertain. Every puzzle is clearly explained but never too quickly, giving readers a chance to make their own guesses. (There are some amusing posers, but nothing requires calculus.) Some moral and ethical questions arise, but there's no time for soul-searching in this mildly amusing entertainment. Puzzle lovers who pick the book up wanting to hang out in the Gollywhopper world one more time will find themselves with a better-than-average sequel. (Fiction. 8-12)
School Library Journal
Gr 4&11;7&12; Due to the overwhelming success of the first Gollywhopper Games, the Golly Toy and Game Company decides to host another competition. Readers meet an all-new cast of characters as they compete to win.
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Word Count: 58,584
Reading Level: 4.1
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.1 / points: 8.0 / quiz: 166798 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: 560L

The Golly Toy and Game Company is hosting the regional rounds for the next Gollywhopper Games, and this time it's brother against brother in the physical challenges and mental puzzles. The companion to the popular The Gollywhopper Games will appeal to fans of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Chasing Vermeer.

Chock-full of puzzles, riddles, and challenges for the reader to solve along with the main characters, this fast-paced companion to The Gollywhopper Games is bigger, bolder, and braver! The Golly Toy and Game Company's Gollywhopper Games was such a big success the last time, the company's executives have decided to host the competition again. Cameron and Spencer Schein have scored two highly sought-after slots in the regional round—will one of the Schein brothers make it all the way to the finals? Favorite characters from the first book make guest appearances, and a new cast of competitors, both boys and girls, get set to compete against (and with) Cameron and Spencer. There are twists and turns and complications—as well as lots of great things to eat—in this page-turner of a race to the finish line!


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