Sammy Carducci's Guide to Women

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9780140364811: Sammy Carducci's Guide to Women

A four-foot-two sixth grader gets pointers from his handsome older brother on handling women, and tries them out on his classmates.

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An antic, lightweight tale about suburban sixth-graders in pursuit of the opposite sex. At 4'2'', Sammy Carducci has decided that he's ready to date; as he learnedly lectures his featherbrained buddy Gus about Women and Love (``Giggling is one of the ten early warning signs''), he surveys the available females and settles on voluptuous, 5`6'' Becky Davidson. The two, who narrate alternate chapters, actually hit it off, though (unbeknownst to Sammy) Becky is already being chased by prep school hunk Kevin. Sammy tries to come on as a swaggering, sharp-dressed Italian lover, but Becky is cleareyed enough to see past this front to the good heart underneath. Amid pratfalls, comical plot developments, and quick, funny dialogue, the two share some good times, have a falling-out, and finally mend matters (after a macho, gratuitous fight with Kevin) when Sammy acceptd the fact that he's not as sophisticated as he'd like to think. Readers who enjoy comedies of embarrassment will laugh through this while absorbing the author's suggestion that they needn't rush to maturity. (Fiction. 11-14) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 5-7-- Sammy Carducci is a super-slick sixth grader who wears a suit to school and puts the moves on the class beauty, Becky Davidson. Through a successful use of alternating chapters, they tell the story of their romance. Sammy's chapters involve his over-zealous efforts to impress Becky. (Of course, being a sixth grader, he faces the difficulties of pursuing a girl who tops him in height and maturity). In Becky's narration, readers get her bemused view of the eccentric Sammy. The characters are not always believable, nor are some of the situations they find themselves in completely realistic. However, plausibility is not the stuff of which comedies are made, and the funny scenarios and sharp one-liners give the book instant appeal. --Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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