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Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel (Ishmael Leseur #3)

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  222 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
327 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Omnibus Books
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Christine Bongers
Jul 13, 2011 Christine Bongers rated it it was amazing
Inhaled this in a two-night laugh-fest. Hats off to MGB, the Ishmael series just keeps getting better. He has produced a corker of a read in this third and final novel, which sees our cast of lovable larrikins finish Year 12 at St Daniels. The colourful rejacketed full set will pull in the younger readers (though my 11-year-old preferred the old jackets designed by MGB's son Joe, and I do too). A favourite read for 2011.
Jul 19, 2011 Angela rated it it was amazing
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Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel

The Laugh-Out-Loud Conclusion to the Ishmael Story.

Michael Gerard Bauer

Price : $19.99
Ages: 9 +
ISBN: 978-1-86291-917-4

Ahh high School, remember it? Though we may try hard to forget there is much that we have gained in our life from our experiences at high school. It is that period in our life when we start to find our feet and our place in the world. If you are fortunate enough to be an Ishmael fan and to have read the previous 2 Ishmael publications
Aug 14, 2011 Julia rated it really liked it
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This book is a glistening example of how a trilogy should end. From the day I began the very first of these books with Don't Call Me Ishmael! by Michael Gerard Bauer
I knew I was in for a good time accompanied by a barrel of laughs. What I hadn't bargined for was all the stuff that came with it. This book reay touched down on real life friendship. It wasn't the kind of friendship you expect to find in a book. It's the kind you have in real ife, the friends you tease to no end and love eachother even though no-one ever says it kind. So that
Jill Smith
Mar 15, 2014 Jill Smith rated it really liked it
What a brilliant conclusion to Ishmael Leseur’s education. It starts with the ultimate let down, Kelly Faulkner saying farewell in an email, and the rest of the year looked like it would spiral down from there. Luckily for Ishmael he had his fab five friends to cheer him up. Razz was still the same madcap take on any challenge dude, and being a mate decided he needed to find a new girlfriend for his buddy. This could be great or a total disaster. For Ishmael having Ishmael Leseur’s Syndrome mean ...more
Oct 14, 2012 Sue rated it it was amazing
Michael Gerard Bauer's last Ishmael book sees Ishmael and his mates Scobie,Razz, Bill and Ignatius in their last 2 years at St Daniel's College. Smarting from his breakup with Kelly Faulkner, Ishmael is determined to make his mark on the last 2 years of school. Miss Tarango, their favourite teacher, again features and the boys undertake a massive challenge for her - to WIN the College Cup. None of them feel they are good at much at all, and the way these four (and various members of their house) ...more
Edacheeky (Eda D)
This was a great book. I enjoyed this book so much and no matter what, i was always in the mood for it.
The characters - i'll never be able to forget the colourful characters in this series their personalities and loving, comical nature. Particularly the notes from each character at the back of the book - they made me smile and laugh.

The storyline - it was true to life. It was the experience of any teenager and made me laugh, somtimes uncontrollably. It even made me cry - the end of the book whe
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Feb 01, 2015 Anthony rated it it was amazing
The cringe worthy have been replaced by more mature themes, signalling the end of Ishmael's transition from a nervous boy into a confident man. It's a wonderful story that Bauer gives us as he tackles social issues with superb grace and humility that makes us feel all the more better after reading it.

To me personally, it felt like a lovely send off as I would leave behind my teenage years and the all-boys school for which I have known for the entirety of my childhood.
Dylan T
Jul 27, 2015 Dylan T rated it really liked it
i didn't enjoy this one as well as the second or first book but it was a still a really good read, i felt that the book speed through the years too fast and sometimes i had trouble keeping up. i have really enjoyed all of the Ishmael series. at the end of the book i felt happy for Ishmael because every turned out good, and at the start of the series things weren't looking too good.
Jan 03, 2013 Meg rated it it was amazing
A brilliant end to a brilliant trilogy!
Ishmael and his friends are in their final years of schooling, and they're set on going out with a bang.
This book has a bit of everything, with plenty of comedy - and a lot of heart.
The Ishmael trilogy is not just for children, but for anyone who's ever been through (and survived) highschool.
I can't recommend it highly enough.
Apr 17, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
The cover for this book is so misleading - I wouldn't even have looked at this book if it weren't shortlisted. It is a fantastic and fun book and the five main characters are a joy to meet. Definitely recommended.
Jul 15, 2013 Chad rated it really liked it
Great Book very funny could do with a bit more of an introduction at the start.
Jonny Ertl
Oct 27, 2011 Jonny Ertl rated it it was amazing
This book was a great book. It continued straite on from the second book but still has stuff from the first book. It shows how he gets through year 11 and 12 with all the exams and work.
May 03, 2012 Marita rated it it was amazing
This is a perfect book about friendship, school, the vaguaries of first love, written with humour and generosity.
Anne Weaver
Jul 15, 2011 Anne Weaver rated it it was amazing
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A must read - very funny.
Jun 26, 2012 Danny rated it liked it

The near perfect end to the Ishmael series. 3.5 stars.
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Michael Gerard Bauer was born in Brisbane. After surviving school, he attended the University of Queensland where he enjoyed the social life while making brief and half hearted appearances in a variety of courses.

These included Commercial / Law and Social Work where he quickly discovered he was neither lawyer nor social worker material. Finally, like everyone else who didn't have a clue what they
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