Spider Boy
Spider Boy
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Annotation: After moving to another state, seventh grader Bobby deals with the change by telling people at school made-up stories and then retreating into his world of pet spiders and books about spiders.
Catalog Number: #600014748
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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 1997
Edition Date: 1997
Pages: 180 p.
Territory: North America
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ISBN: 0-547-39165-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-547-39165-6
Dewey: Fic
Language: English
Horn Book
In a sensitively written novel, the author explores the painful adjustment period faced by an intelligent, introspective boy who has been uprooted from home. While accessible and fast-moving, the book is not lightweight; it deals head on with problems such as the bully who deliberately kills one of Bobby's pet tarantulas. The book is somewhat didactically programmed, but Bobby remains a sympathetic protagonist, realistic in his imperfections.
Kirkus Reviews
In a story every bit as engaging as Fletcher's Fig Pudding (1995), and less of an emotional rollercoaster to boot, a seventh- grade arachnophile and his beloved tarantula take some time adjusting to a family move. Between missing his old home and worrying about Thelma (the spider), who has stopped eating, Bobby feels suspended, unable to accept the change in his life long enough to unpack. His parents give him plenty of room and support, plus a huge, ferocious king baboon spider he dubs ``Monk'' as an early birthday present. Not until two new friends take him firmly in hand, and a bully's harassment escalates into spidercide, does Bobby snap out of it. So does Thelma, who molts and once again takes to pouncing on hapless crickets. Capable of telling wild but utterly convincing tall tales about his family at school, courageous enough to make handsome apologies later (and to face his nemesis without fear), Bobby is a beguiling character who fills his notebook with fascinating spider facts (a bibliography is appended) and trenchant observations: ``The female [black widow] allows the male to mate with her. And to show her appreciation she kills him. Eats him. . . . It's lucky human girls aren't this dangerous. Or who knows—maybe they are.'' Creating and guiding a winning cast with a light, sure hand, Fletcher puts a fine, fresh spin on a familiar premise. (Fiction. 10-13)"
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Word Count: 33,728
Reading Level: 3.9
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.9 / points: 5.0 / quiz: 25054 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: 610L
Guided Reading Level: R
Fountas & Pinnell: R

Humorous story about a boy's adjustment to new surroundings and kids in a new school. Packed with fascinating facts about spiders, the story is told through journal entries and scenes of events. Contains a spider bibliography.

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