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The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar

The Boy Who Lost His Face

by Louis Sachar

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For children who have outgrown Sachar's Wayside School stories and are ready for something a little more authentically crude than [a:Andrew Clements|63095|Andrew Clements|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1209495851p2/63095.jpg] school stories. Some parents would have a fit if they read this book, but I loved it. I raised three boys and I know that they tend to be more interested in stuff like flipping the bird and learning that bullocks are bulls with their balls cut off and rolling-in-the-dirt fights than many children's books acknowledge.

The story itself is adorable though. I absolutely love the different female characters - they each have their own non-stereotypical personality. Well, the boys and men do, too. And though the themes are not subtle, they're not didactic either - the book is both funny and provocative.

On a whim, I reread this, gosh, almost exactly 2 years later. My opinion still holds - it's a seriously underrated book. The people who don't like it seem to have an even more idealistic sense of the innocence of children than I do. If you know that [b:Lord of the Flies|7624|Lord of the Flies|William Golding|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327869409s/7624.jpg|2766512] is universally plausible, you'll have no trouble empathizing with the very real tweens here.

I suppose I ought to point out is that the "little brother" is a fifth-grader, so the intended audience for this books is probably a little older than that - despite the fact that the book looks like it's aimed at ages 9-11 and is RL4.5. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
Trying to fit in with some classmates, middle schooler David Ballinger steals an old woman's cane and she shouts a curse at him. As an aspiring scientist, David doesn't believe in witchcraft, but after bad things keep happening to him, he begins to suspect he may really be cursed.

Though it lacks the zany humor of Wayside School and heart and driving plot of Holes, Sachar's ability to make the reader care about his characters and their fates comes through. The problems David faces-- such as drifting apart from old friends challenges talking with the girl he likes, and struggling to find his place at school-- are ones any kid can relate to...with the added challenge of a potential curse spicing up the storyline.

This book will be best appreciated by late elementary and early middle grade students. ( )
  ejmeloche | Sep 16, 2012 |
Very cute book about an outcast trying to do the 'cool' thing and dealing with kids he thinks are his friends and an imaginary curse. He realizes who his real friends are and that there was never a curse at all. Love Louis Sachar! ( )
  briannad84 | May 9, 2011 |
Hilarious! One of my favorite books! ( )
  laurab_53 | Aug 9, 2009 |
David was only trying to be cool when he helped some other boys steal an old lady's cane. But when the plan backfires, he is the one she 'curses'. Now David can't seem to do anything right. The cool kids taunt him and his only friends are weirdos. When he finally gets the nerve to ask out a cute girl, his trousers fall down! But is this the curse at work or is David turning into a total loser? Another witty tale by the author of the multi-prize winning novel ‘Holes’.
  simplybookslibrary | Aug 31, 2008 |
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In the book The Boy Who Lost His Face by: Louis Sachar, a boy named David tries to get in the cool group by helping his friend Scott, and two troublemakers named Roger and Randy (the former being the leader) carry out a prank. Their target was an elderly woman who was called a witch by all the kids in the neighborhood. When they attacked her and stole her cane David flicks her off to try to impress Roger. But when they leave the old lady cried out to David "Your Doppelgänger will regurgitate on your soul!" The following days David finds himself experiencing strange happenings that lead him to believe that he is cursed. After being rejected by Roger and his gang, David finds himself becoming a loser. He breaks his parent's window, he walks into class with his zipper unzipped, he falls off his chair in class, and his only friends are fellow outcasts Larry and Maureen "Mo". His actions lead Rogers gang to target him and his friends, calling them "The Three Stooges". He becomes friendly with a cute girl named Torrie Whilliams, but his pants fall down when he gets the courage to ask her for her telephone number. Finally, his little brother, after being ridiculed by Roger's younger brother, loses all respect for David.

Eventually, David begs the elderly woman to remove the curse, but she asks for her cane to be returned first. As it turns out, Torrie does not turn on him for his moment of humiliation, and tries to pretend that she had her eyes closed in thought to prevent David from becoming uncomfortable around her. David finally decides to fight for his dignity, and, with his friends and little brother by his side, he goes to face Roger's gang and get the cane back, not suspecting that many things, including the curse, are not as they seem.
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DAVID IS ONLY trying to be cool when he helps some of the popular kids steal Old Lady Bayfield’s cane. But when the plan backfires, he’s the one the “old witch” curses. Now David can’t seem to do anything right. Is it the Bayfield curse at work? Or is David simply turning into a total loser?

“Wildly funny.”—Kirkus Reviews

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David receives a curse from an elderly woman he has helped his schoolmates attack, and he learns to regret his weakness in pandering to others for the sake of popularity before new friends and a very nice girl help him to be a stronger, more assertive person.… (more)

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