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The Normal Kid

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Sylvan has been angry ever since his parents split up. And now that an embarrassing photo has appeared in the paper, he's stuck with a lame nickname too.
Charity is back in the United States after several years in Africa. And she's learning that home can be a strange place when you've been away for a while.
Neither of them knows what's up with Brian. He spends whole afternoo
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Carolrhoda Books
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I was hesitant to read this at first. I thought it would be boring and dull. I mean like come on, a book about a bunch of kids trying to save their favorite teacher from getting fired? I don't know about you, but to me that just sounds incredibly dull.
However, this turned out to be an awesome book about learning more about a person, and looking deeper than what they appear to be, before you judge them. The book summary, given in the inside cover of the book, does it no justice. The book is so mu
Told in the alternating voices of two fifth graders, Sylvan and Charity, this title would be great to use with late elementary graders in class discussions about what's normal. After all, each one of us has something that makes us a little bit different, and we often find commonalities with one another if we look hard enough or take the time to get to know someone else. Sylvan is dealing with his parent's separation and acting out at school. He is sure that he has nothing in common with his two ...more
Teresa Bateman
Sylvan's parents have separated and his mom gets involved in lots of protests and social causes and drags her son along with her. He just wants to be normal. Charity's family has just come back to the States from Kenya where her father was a minister. Now he's suffered a crisis of faith and she's trying to get used to a world where she doesn't know the social norms. She just wants to be normal. Clearly something is wrong with Brian. His behavior in school is a little peculiar and it seems like t ...more
Diane Ferbrache
Sylvan is having difficulty dealing with his parents' split. At the start of 5th grade, there's a new teacher and two new kids -- Charity who just returned from several years in Kenya and Brian who barely speaks and spends hours on his trampoline. In alternating chapters we learn Sylvan's and Charity's story and with the help of their teacher we also learn something about tolerance and acceptance and what it means to be "normal".

I wanted to like this book. I hoped it would be stronger in the mes
Patricia Bandre
Hmm... interesting book told in two voices - a 5th grade boy whose parents have recently separated and a 5th grade girl whose family has recently moved back to the U.S. after being missionaries in Kenya for five years. There is a third character at the beginning, Brian, who I expected to be a more prominent character than he actually was. In fact, I kept waiting for something to happen to/with Brian and was somewhat disappointed. The whole point of the book is what is a "normal" kid anyway. Ever ...more
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I snacthed this book off the libary slef and it turns out to be better than any other book i took from the libary
Patricia Lusher
good gr. 4-6 book about being yourself and what really is normal. 2 fifth graders tell the story in alternating chapters: Sylvan's parents are separated and he just wants a normal life. Charity just moved back from a mission in Africa with her family, and the other kids laugh at her limited knowledge of American life. They both decide to stand up for their new teacher, whom they think is going to be fired. Can you be normal and different at the same time? A good lesson for all students.
Eduardo daniel Avila
This book is great it tells the story of a boy from his perspective and how he sees the world and the stuff that he gets into but this book is great and is an absolute good book to read
Interesting book about being normal and making friends who are different than yourself. It is a quick read, for 5th grade students.
Liked how the story illustrated how we are all different yet all normal. Writing was smooth and engaging.
Very good book for preteens who are a little unsure of who they are, so pretty much all of them.
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

Elizabeth Holmes grew up in Tennessee and went to Davidson College in North Carolina. She then went to Africa, where she teached at a girls' high school in Kenya.

At first she wrote poetry for adults, resulting in two poetry books: The Patience of the Cloud Photographer and The Playhouse Near Dark.

She is married
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