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Special Edward
By author: Eric Walters
Selling Points: Learning disabilities, school, humor
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Apr/01/2009
Lexile Level: HL580L
Fry Reading Level: 3.2
Pages: 136
Fiction Ages 10-14
Price:  $9.95
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You've been designated special ed?" Kevin gasped.

"Not yet. They still have some testing to do, but they're letting me work there on a trial basis."

"Wow," Kevin said. "I can't believe that you did fooled them."

"It wasn't hard."

"You're, like, a genius," Ahmad said. He sounded impressed.

"An evil genius," Cody said.

"There's nothing evil about this. Nobody gets hurt. Besides, I don't want any more talk about me being a genius. I'm just Ed... special Ed."

Edward is a classic slacker. He's got better ways to spend his time than toiling over homework, and as long as he gets passing grades he's happy. When his fifty percent average is threatened he has to find a way to pull up his grades without applying himself. Edward discovers that special education students get more time to complete tests, and he thinks he's found the perfect scam. Little does he know that manipulating everyone around him will take more work than he ever imagined.
CM Magazine - November 13, 2009
"The story line is believable, with an ending that will encourage reluctant readers to keep reading and trying in school…Recommended."
School Library Journal - September 1, 2009
"The author deftly weaves subtle clues into Edward's character that will leave readers nodding in agreement with his true condition. The title also refutes the stereotype that special-education students are profoundly disabled, emphasizing that a child can be gifted and still have learning issues, an important identity concept for teens to explore. A refreshing read."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group - June 26, 2009
"Nice characterization and good plotting. The book is full of stereotypical references to students with special needs at the beginning, but it is all part of the point of the book as Edward begins to understand what learning disabilities are all about. Recommended."
Booklist - May 15, 2009
"Bold, edgy...This is a topic too often skirted, and there's an inherent fascination built into Eddy's plot to be known as a 'plucky fighter' rather than a 'lazy underachiever.'"
Resource Links - April 1, 2009
"Give[s] the reader valuable insight into realm of the Special Education room—and its importance and value for exceptional students who need the services that it provides...The vocabulary, short chapters and simple sentence structures will make this novel a good choice for readers."


CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2010
Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, commended  US  2010


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Middle-school fiction
for reluctant readers

Key Features:
Contemporary stories
Compelling characters
Ideal for Lit Circles
Ideal for Independent Reading

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