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Cartboy and the Time Capsule
by L. A. Campbell


Overview - "Cartboy and the Time Capsule" by L. A. Campbell is a laugh-out-loud debut novel for young readers about sixth-grader Hal Rifkind--unfortunately nicknamed "Cartboy"--and his horribly historic, hilarious year.

Hal hates history class--it literally bores him to tears.  Read more...


 
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Overview
"Cartboy and the Time Capsule" by L. A. Campbell is a laugh-out-loud debut novel for young readers about sixth-grader Hal Rifkind--unfortunately nicknamed "Cartboy"--and his horribly historic, hilarious year.

Hal hates history class--it literally bores him to tears. But his father is a big history buff, and unless Hal gets a good grade this year, he'll never get his own room. Sixth grade gets off to a horrible start when history teacher Mr. Tupkin gives the class an assignment to write journals that will be buried in a time capsule at the end of the year. Things get even worse when his dad makes him take his neighbor's old shopping cart to school, earning him the nickname "Cartboy." What else could possibly go wrong? Read Hal's journal to find out

Filled with photos, drawings, and timelines, Hal's time capsule journal chronicles a year in the life of the hopelessly hapless Cartboy.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780765333179
  • ISBN-10: 0765333171
  • Publisher: Starscape Books
  • Publish Date: April 2013
  • Page Count: 205
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12
  • Dimensions: 8.29 x 5.86 x 0.77 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.63 pounds

Series: Cartboy

Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > School & Education
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - Parents

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-02-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

Campbell’s first children’s book is structured as the yearlong journal of sixth-grader Hal Rifkind, written for inclusion in a class time capsule. Chapters focus on transportation, clothing, sports, and other topics, allowing Hal to riff on the travails of his daily life, including sharing a bedroom with his baby sisters, worrying about passing history class, and facing the upcoming school dance. The episodic format allows little narrative tension to build (Hal’s assumed betrayal by his best friend is the only real source of drama), and the attempts at humor often miss the mark. The book aims for a Wimpy Kid–style format: each chapter ends with a lighthearted timeline charting human advancements in food, communication, and such, but the photos, clip art, and cat heads that dot the text feel stuck in and superfluous (although the deadpan jokes in the photo captions are often funnier than those in the story itself). Hal addresses his journal entries to readers in the distant future, but even those in the present may struggle to connect with him. Ages 8–12. Agent: Laura Dail, Laura Dail Literary Agency. (Apr.)

 
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