Double Dog Dare

Jamie Gilson, Author, Elise Primavera, Illustrator, Elise Primavera, Photographer Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books $16 (126p) ISBN 978-0-688-07969-7
Hobie Hanson, first seen in the popular Thirteen Ways to Sink a Sub , and the hero of two subsequent novelsis back, having lost none of his high spirits. In fifth grade, a new program for talented and gifted childrenTAGcreates tension among classmates. Molly, one TAG participant, is insufferable in her superiority; Hobie's best friend, Nick, has also been selected for the program, which causes a rift between the two boys. In the end, it is a clever trick Hobie plays on Nick and Molly that defuses the issue of what it means to be ``gifted,'' and helps them all to see that there are many ways in which individuals are special. A worthy lesson, delivered through sparkling dialogue and humorous hijinks; readers will be both enlightened and entertained. Ages 8-11. (August)
Reviewed on: 08/05/1988
Release date: 08/01/1988
Paperback - 978-0-671-67898-2
Paperback - 126 pages - 978-0-688-16361-7
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-606-12263-4
Library Binding - 978-0-688-07970-3
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