Meet Tom Gates. When his teachers don t have their beady eyes on him, he likes to draw pictures and write about stuff, like last summer s worst camping vacation ever (five merits ), or how much he hates sitting next to nosy Marcus Meldrew, the most annoying boy at school. Read more...
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Meet Tom Gates. When his teachers don t have their beady eyes on him, he likes to draw pictures and write about stuff, like last summer s worst camping vacation ever (five merits ), or how much he hates sitting next to nosy Marcus Meldrew, the most annoying boy at school. All Tom really wants is to score tickets to see the best band ever, Dude3, when they come to town, and to impress Amy Porter, who is very nice and smart (but is currently ignoring him). Tom s teachers think he is easily distracted and "lacks focus," but that s a bit harsh can he help it if his grumpy big sister, Delia, made him late for school (again), or that last night s homework had to be sacrificed to stave off a vicious dog attack? Master of excuses, creative storyteller, and middle-school comedian extraordinaire, Tom Gates is guaranteed to get kids turning the pages and keep them laughing."
- ISBN-13: 9780763674724
- ISBN-10: 0763674729
- Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
- Publish Date: August 2014
- Page Count: 256
- Reading Level: Ages 8-12
- Dimensions: 7.6 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds
Series: Tom Gates #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-06-09
- Reviewer: Staff
From his penchant for doodling to his myopic self-interest, fifth-year student Tom Gates can easily be seen as a British cousin to Jeff Kinney’s Greg Heffley. In Tom’s first novel, published in the U.K. in 2011 (where it won a Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and a Roald Dahl Funny Prize), he recounts his ongoing antagonism of his older sister, Delia; his attempts to see his favorite band, Dude3, perform in town; and various family and school-day mishaps, including a disastrous camping trip, inedible meals cooked by his grandparents (aka “the Fossils”), and joining the school choir. The book is typeset in a handwritten-looking font, accompanied by Tom’s doodles and text that he’s embellished for emphasis. A glossary explains the Briticisms Tom uses throughout: “ ‘Rumbled!’ basically means ‘I’m busted!’ ” explains a tiny cartoon of Tom’s head—it’s a phrase he has reason to deploy more than once. Truly laugh-out-loud moments are few and far between, but readers who like their fiction heavily illustrated and their heroes mischievous should find it diverting enough. Ages 8–12. Agent: Caroline Walsh, David Higham Associates. (Aug.)