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Park, Barbara.
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Publication Information:
New York : Random House, [1997]

Physical Description:
111 pages ; 20 cm
Alex's active sense of humor helps him get along with the school braggart, make the most of his athletic talents, and simply get by in a hectic world.
Reading Level:
"RL: 4.3."

"008-012"--P. [4] of cover.

590 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.1 3.0 342.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.3 5 Quiz: 10494 Guided reading level: O.
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J FICTION Juvenile Mass Market Paperback Open Shelf
J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf

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If you thought Junie B. Jones was FUNNY--catch more laughs from New York Times bestselling author Barbara Park with Skinnybones ! Just right for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and I Funny, Skinnybones has been a kid and teacher favorite for almost thirty years and has sold over 1 MILLION copies!

Play ball? Alex Frankovitch is the smallest, second-worst kid on his team. But he has a MAJOR-LEAGUE-sized mouth. And it gets him into MAJOR-LEAGUE trouble! Even Alex knows he's gone too far when he brags his way into a pitching contest with T.J. Stoner, the best player--and BIGGEST jerk--in the whole school (and maybe the whole world!). Can Alex talk his way out this mess? Or is he in for the GRAND SLAM of all humiliations? Find out in the award-winning, laugh-out-loud novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Junie B. Jones!

"Park is one of the funniest writers around. Skinnybones equals tickled funnybones." -- Booklist

"Hilarious! Even if you don't know center field from first base this story will keep you laughing." -- Children's Book Review Service

"Park a way that touches reality, but makes the reader double over with laughter." -- Chicago Sun-Times

Author Notes

Barbara Park was born in Mount Holly, New Jersey on April 21, 1947. She spent her first two years of college at Rider University in New Jersey before receiving a B.S. degree from the University of Alabama.

She began writing children's books after she had children of her own. In a career that began in 1982, she published over 50 books including Don't Make Me Smile, Operation: Dump the Chump, Ma! There's Nothing to Do Here!, Skinnybones, and The Kid in the Red Jacket. She was best known for her 28-book Junie B. Jones series which was first published in 1992. She won seven Children's Choice Awards and four Parents' Choice Awards.

She helped found a charitable organization, Sisters in Survival, to raise money for women with ovarian cancer. She died from ovarian cancer on November 15, 2013 at the age of 66.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Two comic novels portray the struggles of middle-grade boys trying to fit in. Ages 8-12. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved