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The Normal Kid

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  65 Ratings  ·  18 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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Mar 08, 2013 Fire_Dragon_ rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
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
Oct 17, 2016 Zoe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: six-grade
Normal Kid by Elizabeth Holmes is a fun summer read full of emotion and life lessons. Normal Kid mainly takes place in the suburbs of America. The Normal Kid also sort of takes place in Kenya because one of the main characters, Charity, used to live in Kenya and had to move to America for reasons you need to read the book to find out. Sylvan, the other main character, has always lived in America. In the book you see two different points of view. You see the view of a person who's always lived in ...more
Adam j
Oct 17, 2016 Adam j rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 6th-grade
The Normal Kid this book tells about a story of a group of 5th graders. Is about a boy named Sylvan and a girl named Charity, Sylvan best friend is named Adam. Sylvan parents are divorced, Sylvan has a brother named Jason. Sylvan mom is always involved with pep rallies. Charity is from Africa and she moved here from Africa, her mom is a doctor. Charity also meets Mr Ignatia a teacher who she likes and he might lose his job. There is also a boy named Brian who is different than then other people, ...more
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
Matthew H
Oct 17, 2016 Matthew H rated it liked it
Shelves: sixth-grade
The Normal Kid is really what it sounds like it is just a normal fifth grader starting the year and is facing any problems that a fifth grader might have such as popular or not popular. One thing that makes Sylvan special is that he has the ability to communicate with kids that maybe come from different backgrounds or do things differently, He is able to really bond with them and make them feel welcomed. This he may not realize, but it makes him more than just a normal kid.
Sylvan now finds hims
Teresa Bateman
Jul 16, 2013 Teresa Bateman rated it really liked it
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
Feb 17, 2013 Diane Ferbrache rated it liked it
Shelves: washyarg, friendship
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
Mar 24, 2013 Patricia Bandre rated it liked it
Shelves: ncbla
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
Noah Wolfson
Feb 05, 2015 Noah Wolfson rated it liked it
I actually just started this book, but it seems quite interesting due to its relatable setting. It's about being weird or not being weird in elementary school and how that is such a big deal. It also relates to teachers in the aspect of wanting her or wanting to be in his class and how that can also be a huge commotion. However, from the beginning of this book and the summary, it seems like it teaches people to not judge to quick because then you don't allow yourself to truly understand the pers ...more
Patricia Lusher
Jan 02, 2016 Patricia Lusher rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 05, 2016 Lynda rated it liked it
Sylvan, Charity and Brian are all unusual kids with their own special "oddness." Sylvan and Charity tell what it's like being a weird kid as they enter school in 5th grade. Charity comes from another country, and Brian has some emotional issues and Sylvan likes to think of himself as "normal." They kind of come together when they assume that their favorite teacher is going to be removed from his position. It was a kind of forgettable book.
Mar 08, 2015 Pat rated it really liked it
This has elements that reminded me of The Poisonwood Bible! And the school portions of the story are as perceptive as Andrew Clements' books. A fairly nice read with fifth graders who come together for a common goal, and end up learning a lot about each other in the process.
Sep 15, 2016 Grace rated it really liked it
Cute easy read about fifth graders. (Probably 5th grade reading level too.) It's helpful to remind ourselves that we are all the "normal" kid. We all want to feel normal and although we are all different, we are all normal, too.
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
Mar 15, 2013 Trever rated it really liked it
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.
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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
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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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