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Extreme Elvin
Lynch, Chris.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, [1999]

Physical Description:
230 pages ; 22 cm
As he enters high school, fourteen-year-old Elvin continues to deal with his weight problem as he tries to find his place among his peers.
General Note:
Sequel to: Slot machine.
Reading Level:
700 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.3 7.0 29336.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.1 13 Quiz: 13967 Guided reading level: NR.

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Call Number
Material Type
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Grand Island Library X Young Adult Fiction Young Adult

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Elvin Bishop is fourteen -- an official Young Adult (and you know "that one was dreamed up by an old adult). Having barely survived the sports camp that he and his best friends, Frankie and Mikie, attended in "Slot Machine, Elvin is actually ready for high school to begin. Or so he thinks.

Suddenly, Elvin's hurled into a whole new social scene, where relationships -- the "right relationships -- are the name of the game.

Leave it to Elvin to fall hard for exactly the wrong kind of girl -- the kind of girl who is definitely "not a part of any guy's cool plan. And that's just the beginning of his problems. Because what happens when everything that used to be so simple -- like friendship--changes?

With an appetite that forces him to shop at the Big and Tall, a mother who still talks to her long-dead husband, and a nasty case of hemorrhoids, is becoming cool something that someone like Elvin can even pull off?

In this second book about Elvin, Chries Lynch has written the love story to end all love stories -- and a multilayered look at the hysterical trials and tribulations of one guy's introductions to Young Adulthood.

The entire cast of Slot Machine is back: good-looking, popular Frankie; dependable Mikie; the ominous Senior Boys; and the sarcastic and loving Mrs. Bishop. This time, though, there are girls on the scene, and Elvin, who can keep on laughing when faced with an embarrassing mother, a menacing bully, ownership of the ugliest

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 8^-10. Elvin Bishop, who found out so much about himself in Slot Machine (1995), isn't finished learning yet. Now, at 14, he has encountered girls and a whole new set of relationships: "Hell. I never had any relationships before I hit fourteen." Elvin's best friends, Frankie and Mikie, are around again to offer advice--on everything from dealing with hemorrhoids and dressing to impress to choosing a girl to dance with. And Elvin's unusual mom is back again, this time in the flesh. There are also two girls and a bully who listens to rumors and makes Elvin's life miserable. As with the earlier book, some of this is laugh-out-loud funny ("Not the swear suck, Ma, the command suck!"), but Lynch pushes too hard here and pays a lot less attention to plotting than to wisecracking and jokes. What's more, a little of Elvin's mother goes a long way, and readers unfamiliar with the first book will almost certainly miss some of the references. Still, because Elvin is unquestionably a good-hearted, right-thinking sort, he's easy to root for. His self-deprecating humor helps, too. --Stephanie Zvirin

Publisher's Weekly Review

In a starred review, PW called this novel featuring the wisecracking, irrepressible narrator of Slot Machine "witty and knowing." Ages 12-up. (Jan.)n (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 8-10‘Elvin Bishop's story, begun in Slot Machine (HarperCollins, 1995), continues, but there is no need to read that book first. Here readers meet Elvin during the opening weeks of his freshman year of high school, a time when his since-kindergarten friendships with Mikie (aka "Dad") and smooth-talking Frankie undergo the tests of each guy's changing perceptions of important. Elvin's widowed mother is always there for her chubby, uncertain son and yet she is, of course, completely willing to embarrass him for his own good. Elvin is smart enough to keep her in ignorance about his hemorrhoids and tentative enough to let her arrange his first official date. Elvin's realization of the value of girls to the species is humorously and credibly threaded throughout the plot but romance isn't the theme here so much as benevolence. Benevolence's shadow is suitably portrayed by evil upperclassmen whose torture repertoire is heavy on threats and insinuations, but also includes extortion and disconcerting applications of petroleum jelly-based salves and alcoholic beverages. This is a funny, insightful, and wholly engaging novel that addresses many of the worst fears of adolescent boys without preaching. It is possible to be just like Elvin and still laugh at his numerous follies. His story makes a great booktalk but will also prove popular enough to pass from reader to reader without adult intervention.‘Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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