Friday, December 16, 2011

New Customer Review - SLOB (and other Ellen Potter titles)

by Ellen Potter [j Potter]

When I read the first lines of SLOB, I wondered what I was in for: "My name is Owen Birnbaum, and I'm probably fatter than you are." Was this going to be another "pity the fat kid" story? Or was it going to be another "here's how to lose weight" story? I should have known better than to wonder. This is Ellen Potter. SLOB starts out with a simple problem: The cookies which Owen eats for lunch everyday have disappeared. After you read about Owen's gym class, you'll probably also understand why Owen needs those cookies. On the heels of gym class is a third problem: Owen is trying to build something called Nemesis. What amazes me about SLOB is how organic it is. SLOB goes in one direction and then another. Yet no matter what surprises crop up, when you think about them in hindsight they all make sense. Something else I love about Potter's books is how easily she weaves in lessons, without ever preaching about them. Owen is all of us who have ever run away from a problem. He is also every person who has faced up to problems. For so many reasons, including this one, SLOB is my favorite Ellen Potter book. -- review submitted by Allison H.-F. - a customer of the Bennett Martin Public Library

Visit the Customer Reviews page on BookGuide (linked below) to see three additional recent reviews by Allison of other Ellen Potter titles!

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