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A Flying Birthday Cake? First Edition
Contributor(s): Sachar, Louis, Wummer, Amy (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0679890009     ISBN-13: 9780679890003
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 1999
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Annotation: Marvin and Stuart get to sleep over at Nick Tuffle's house for Nick's birthday. They set out sleeping bags in the Tuffles' backyard. Stuart and Nick fall right to sleep, but Marvin tosses and turns. Then he hears a noise, and something glowing zooms over his head. Is it "really a flying birthday cake? Or something else? The next day, a very strange new kid shows up at school. . . .

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Extraterrestrial beings; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 98007204
Lexile Measure: 460
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Series: Stepping Stone Book
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.25" W x 0.25" (0.15 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 31069
Reading Level: 3.2   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 1.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q15750
Reading Level: 2.2   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 4.0
 
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Publisher Description:
Marvin and Stuart get to sleep over at Nick Tuffle's house for Nick's birthday. They set out sleeping bags in the Tuffles' backyard. Stuart and Nick fall right to sleep, but Marvin tosses and turns. Then he hears a noise, and something glowing zooms over his head. Is it "really "a flying birthday cake? Or something else? The next day, a very strange new kid shows up at school. . . .

Contributor Bio(s): Louis Sachar is the bestselling author of the award-winning novel Holes, as well as Small Steps, The Cardturner, Stanley Yelnats’ Survival Guide to Camp Green Lake, There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, The Boy Who Lost His Face, Dogs Don’t Tell Jokes, and the rest of the Marvin Redpost series, among many others. Visit him at louissachar.com.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2000 Spring)
Marvin has forgotten about the UFO he thought he saw when a new kid named Joe Normal shows up at school. Readers will enjoy knowing that Joe is an alien while the characters don't--and they don't ever find out. Clipped sentences and short paragraphs are just right for new readers and for the story--a smart, funny twist on the new-kid theme, reminding us that everyone feels alienated at one time or another.Copyright 2000 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2000 #1)
The fertile imagination and laconic style that Sachar employed to great effect in Holes work equally well for this latest volume in an often-brilliant series. Marvin thinks he sees a UFO while sleeping in his friend Nick's backyard, but both boys have forgotten all about it when the next week a new kid shows up at school. His name? Joe Normal. But with his strange habits and odd gaps of knowledge (which Joe attributes to being from Chicago), the other kids think Joe is anything but normal, and it's Marvin alone who seems prepared to make Joe feel welcome. Readers will enjoy knowing that Joe is an alien while the characters don't; the particularly brilliant bit in this volume is that they don't ever find out-and Marvin's mother agrees that he can go visit the Normals, who are moving back "home," a couple of summers hence. The playground dynamics are exactly right, even poignant, as when Gina and Heather make a dumb joke about Joe being a "door key": "'He doesn't even get it,' said Heather. Joe walked away. He got it." Clipped sentences and short paragraphs are not only just right for new readers, they're just right for the story-a smart, funny twist on the new-kid theme, reminding us that everyone feels alienated at one time or another. Copyright 2000 Horn Book Magazine Reviews
 
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