Set in Australia, this humorous and touching story of the misadventures of a clever girl who cannot speak and her social misfit of a father will delight readers. “Gleitzman has created a plucky heroine, and readers will enjoy this light, first-person, humorous tale with an Australian tang.”--School Library Journal
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Morris Gleitzman has been a frozen-chicken thawer, fashion-industry trainee, department-store Santa, and screenwriter, among other things. Now he’s one of Australia’s best-loved children’s book authors.
Grade 4-6?Rowena Batts has an inborn disability that renders her incapable of speaking. She lives with her good-natured father, a loud, flamboyant, country-and-western fan known as the most successful apple farmer in Australia. She was formerly enrolled in a special school where she grew adept at sign language, but now the girl and her father have moved to a new town, and she attends public school. There, her muteness and her comical surname make her an easy target for the class bully, Darryn Peck. She is delighted when Amanda Cosgrove makes overtures of friendship, until Amanda divulges that she is trying to fulfill a community service project to help the "disadvantaged." Never losing her sense of humor, Rowena recovers to take on her own service project when her outrageously dressed father behaves embarrassingly in front of her teacher. Amanda proves to be an ally after all as Rowena concocts a plan to reform her father by hiring Darryn's brother to fly his plane above the PTA barbecue and skywrite a cautionary message: "Pull your head in, Dad." She makes her point that her Dad is sometimes more of an affliction than her muteness. Gleitzman has created a plucky heroine, and readers will enjoy this light, first-person, humorous tale with an Australian tang.?Susan W. Hunter, Riverside Middle School, Springfield, VT
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Book Description Harcourt Children's Books, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11015200369X