Dork in Disguise

Carol Gorman, Author HarperCollins Publishers $15.95 (176p) ISBN 978-0-06-024866-6
Gorman (The Marvelous Makeover of Lizard Flanagan) retreads Polonius's well-worn exhortation in this familiar tale of a sixth-grader who wants to be ""cool."" When his family moves, science-loving Jerry resolves to shed his ""dork"" image. Hence he starts at his new school in a blur, because he leaves his uncool glasses at home. However, his vision isn't so fuzzy that he can't see and fall hard for gorgeous airhead Cinnamon, who, in turn, is impressed by the handsome and equally vacuous Gabe. What's a dork to do? Under the unlikely tutelage of classmate Brenda (who tells Jerry that it takes a dork to know one), he learns to rip his new jeans fashionably and to strut, and with his new look and the self-promoting lies he spins, he's in like Flynn. The only problem is that Jerry finds that he's happier with Brenda and the other science club members than with Cinnamon's vapid crowd. It doesn't take much to figure out which group Jerry will ultimately decide to stick with. The story is essentially amiable, but even though Gorman has one of the ""cool"" boys furtively express an interest in science, the portrayal of good-looking kids as shallow ignoramuses and intellectuals as unattractive misfits perpetuates stereotypes. Ages 8-12. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 08/30/1999
Release date: 09/01/1999
Prebound-Glued - 164 pages - 978-0-7569-4107-9
Hardcover - 176 pages - 978-0-06-024867-3
Paperback - 164 pages - 978-0-06-440891-2
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-606-20049-3
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