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Der Fluch des David Ballinger

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Der Fluch der alten Dame – alles Aberglaube?

Wenn man bei Roger, Scott und Randy dazugehören will, muss man cool sein. Trotzdem war es eine blöde Idee der alten merkwürdigen Mrs Bayfield einen „Besuch“ abzustatten. Ausgerechnet David bleibt nach der Attacke auf Mrs Bayfield als Letzter zurück. Und ausgerechnet ihm murmelt die alte Mrs Bayfield etwas hinterher, was sich anhö
Published (first published 1989)
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Andrea I would recommend this to 11-14 year olds. Personally, the vocab words are not hard, it is just the language. Really, I would actually recommend it to…moreI would recommend this to 11-14 year olds. Personally, the vocab words are not hard, it is just the language. Really, I would actually recommend it to 12+ but society today...says no...somewhat. (If you know what I mean. If you don't, that's fine.) If you allow your kid to know..and possibly say the sh-- word, then whatever age is fine. And also possibly know the finger.(less)
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Shoa Khan
Dear Louis Sachar,
Where were you all the years that I was growing up? No, seriously! hmph!
But then, as they say, Der aaye, durust aaye! At least I'm glad to have finally discovered you! (^.^)

This is the story of David, who's trying really hard to fit into the friend circle that his best friend of many years is now a part of. David just wants to be considered "cool". And that is why he decides (against his better judgement) to partake in some moronic activities (read stealing the cane of a helple
Sep 29, 2015 Alyssa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
Publisher: Yearling
Publication Date: April 15, 1997
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Copy sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

David is only trying to be cool when he helps some of the popular kids steal Old Lady Bayfield’s cane. But when the plan backfires, he’s the one the “old witch” curses. Now David can’t seem to do anything right. The cool kids taunt him and his only friends are freaks. He even walks into
Jan 07, 2011 Zemkat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenged
This book is a fantastic depiction of the ridiculous nature of junior high. What do you do when your friends start acting weird? How do you respond when people are mean just to get a reaction from you? How far would you go to be cool? Would you ignore your old friends? Reject your family? Would you help beat up an old lady and steal her cane? If you did all that, would it make you cool, or might there be dire consequences for you?

I understand why it appears on challenged book lists -- it has dis
Adam Crossley
A quick easy read. Some surprising swearing thrown in. Definitely targeting 11-14 year olds. This book doesn't hold a candle to Holes. However, it is a breezy read that kids might identify with. I wouldn't exactly recommend it, but you could do worse.
Hai Lu
Oct 07, 2014 Hai Lu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw this book,The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar,in the classroom libary and also in several other places but I never really paid attention to it. I also read another book by the same author and the book was quite interesting,so I decided to give this book a try. The other book I read was Holes by Louis Sachar.

One thing in this book that impressed me was the plot line of this story. The story starts off with kids attacking the old lady, Mrs. Bayfield, who they thought was a witch and co
Kima Von
Sep 20, 2016 Kima Von rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The boy who lost his face- Louis Sachar

I read this book because it was by Louis Sachar and he wrote holes. I also read it because a few of my cousins requested it.

Tori Williams- tori is a lovely girl that is cute. She is the crush of David. He then has the courage to ask her but his pants fall down. Although it was humiliating, Tori still likes him for who is. She is my favourite character because she is a dynamic and strange character in the book.

This book is about a boy named David who is try
Narges Moini
Dec 26, 2013 Narges Moini rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Narges by: لیلی
شاید همین طوری کتاب بدی نبود. اما برای نویسندهای که آخرین گودال رو نوشته بود٬ کتاب خوبیم نبود خب. ...more
Mar 20, 2011 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The best attribute of Louis Sachar's writing style, as I see it, is the easy fluidity with which he creates. To read his stories, one might think that writing is a snap, and that anyone could do it just as well as he; however, I'm sure that a great deal of energy and care must go into the molding of every paragraph that he produces. The kind of realistic narrative voice that Louis Sachar achieves again and again is an example of high art.

What is the nature of a curse, and how does it tie in wi
The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
This is one of those books I am just surprised to come across on a challenged list. Not that I can't find something in it worth challenging, I suppose that I could (and in a minute, I will). But it's just such an *unimportant* book compared to the books that are generally challenged. This is the story of David, who wants to be popular, and therefore goes along with the crowd and does something not very nice. He realizes that he shouldn't have done this, a
Ayumi Shimoyama
Jan 06, 2014 Ayumi Shimoyama rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Level: 4.5
2)Time: 9/27=30min, 10/2=25min, 10/4=10min
(I also read "One and Only Ivan" 9/26=18min)
3)7word summary: Boys, Woman, Steal, Cane, Witch, Worried, Curse
4)Discussion Question
David who is a main character and his FRIRENDS plot to stael woman's cane. If you were David, what would you do?
-If I were David, I would stop my friends from doing bad. However, If I thought that I am left out of the group of my friend,I don't know what should I do.
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I've read a lot of Louis Sachar, but I'd never heard of this book. Too bad, because it's not awful. Not "Holes" by a long shot, but not bad either. Quick summary: David succumbs to peer pressure when he breaks an old lady's window, turns her chair over, pours lemonade on her head, breaks her pitcher and steals her cane. Then bad stuff that mirrors the attack starts happening to him.

Sachar does a tremendous job portraying David's initial guilt. The story is predictable, but that's not a bad thin
The Boy Who Lost His Face,
By Louis Sachar,
Genre: Fantasy.

I would rate this book with five stars because I really enjoyed it. In fact I was planning on reading for five minutes one night but I got so into the book I finished it! From the minute I picked up this book I loved it, I would read it over and over again. This book started of well and also ended well, I really liked it.

David and his friends stole an old ladies cane, they beat her and left her there. David heard that a curse was put on h
Javonte Holloway
David helps some boys from his school steeal a cane from Mrs. Bayfield, and old woman who the boys say is a witch. David doesn't feel comfortable stealing from an old woman, he just wants to be "cool". David has always been teased and he never stands up for himself. The boys steal the cane and Mrs. Bayfield shouts some gibberish at David which he believes is a curse. Soon after David starts to have a lot of bad luck, from dropping viles in science class to his pants falling down in front of the ...more
Jan 23, 2014 Blake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was exceptionally good. It brought back a lot of memories and emotions from my own high school experience. The main character did a few things that didn't make a lot of sense, but they were only minor glitches in the overall greatness of the story. There was some cursing in this book, which was a little shocking at first, but it wasn't used inappropriately. I try to hold my tongue these days, but I had a pretty foul mouth when I was in high school. So comparatively, the cursing in this ...more
Oct 11, 2008 Duane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To begin with, this is my first book by Louis Sachar but I am happy to say it won't be the last. Although this book does include some minor cussing, in relation to the subject, it wouldn't be realistic if it didn't. I remember Middle School and there was lots of interesting language being used by kids trying to be cool so this book is authentic about that. David is struggling to learn the new cliques that has arisen with all his peers entering the new world of middle school. Besides learning his ...more
Aug 15, 2009 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle schoolers
I loved this book! I wasn't expecting it to be nearly as engaging as it was. It's the ideal book for middle school boys and girls but especially those hard-to-reach boys. I loved that the book touched on so many issues that we don't normally talk about but should (ex: swearing, the middle finger, the word "nipple," etc.) as well as the classic coming-of-age issues like dealing with bullies, getting girls to like you, finding true friends, and so much more. The plot is very engaging and relevant ...more
Jun 03, 2016 Daisy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar. I give this book four out of five stars because it is such an amazing book. It is about a boy named David who tries to be part of the cool crowd. His best friend seems to fit right in but him, not so much. In order to prove that he is cool, the cool crowd go to an old lady’s house to steal her cane. They execute their plan and David gets caught right in the middle. They manage to steal the old lady’s cane, but she yells out a curse towards David. “Your ...more
Julie Decker
Poor David. His ex-best friend ditched him to go be popular, and when David tries to be a cool kid too he realizes he was just being cruel to an old lady. Now that tons of weird and bad things are suddenly happening to him, David wonders if he's been cursed by the woman whose cane he helped steal, and he doesn't know if anyone will ever like him again. Has he been supernaturally cursed or is all of this the fault of his own lack of self-confidence?

Kids do worry a lot about being cool when they'r
Kaylin VanDomelen
This book was interesting and I would recommend students to read on their own. This boy grows throughout this novel and it is shown in the old and new relationships he builds, the way or pursuit in which he tries to rid himself of the curse and the way in which he grows as a person as well. The book shows how old friends don't necessarily mean they are true friends, especially if you are uncomfortable with the scenarios and situations which David found himself in. I also thought that the situati ...more
Adele Broadbent
David is worried. He’s also feeling a bit mean, because while he was trying to be cool with three other boys, he watched them tip an old lady out of her chair, pour lemonade on her face and then steal her carved walking stick. Because all he did was watch, he flipped her the bird as they escaped

His mind is racing afterwards, wondering why he did it? Maybe she wouldn’t even know what it meant? And what mumbo jumbo was she saying as they left?

Things aren’t improving for David. Scott (ex best frie
Bruce Gargoyle
Full review at http://thebookshelfgargoyle.wordpress...

Another good read from Sachar, full of all the angst of early puberty and the wilds of middle school. There's a fair bit of humour and the main characters are likeable and ordinary.
This book was so bizarre. I read it for a challenged book assignment. Apparently this has been challenged frequently due to "witchcraft/occult." Ok, that is dumb. They think this old lady is a witch because she's eccentric, but she's not. So, that is a dumb reason to challenge it. However, I was surprised at the amount of language. The "s-word" is used frequently among others not as strong. This is targeted to 4th-6th grade, so it might be a little bit too much for the 4th graders. It did have s ...more
ok, holes?holes was such an awesome i have this high expectation (measures with my hand, approximately waist-high)for another of dear Louis Sachar's book.and you know what, these two books cannot be compared because they have nothing in common.not that im saying that i was dissapointed, i mean i created another shelve especially for this book - children-s-not-for-children, so it means that it was interesting at was created for children, i think, but if i were a parent, i wouldnt ...more
Oct 27, 2014 Sally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

After reading the book, I personally thought that it was a really interesting book, full of jokes, imagination and twisty turns.
The story is about a boy called David who tries to be cool and fits in with the popular boys by doing things, which they tell him to do.
One day, the leader of the gang leads them to an old lady’s house. He then makes fun of the lady and decides to steal her snake headed cane.
She puts a terrible curse on David. Therefore David keeps on making strange accidents and mist
Amber the Human
May 23, 2014 Amber the Human rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Which I shouldn't be surprised at. I like this author a lot. So why can I just trust him to take me on the journey? I don't know. I started reading this at one point, and I stopped after the first chapter. It just seemed like it was going to take me on some sort of magic trip. I should have known better. Sachar is too smart for such nonsense. It's kind of too bad that the book is titled as it is - it's off-putting to me, makes me think of all the silly books I saw as ...more
Britney Tillman
Oct 06, 2013 Britney Tillman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One amazing book! Amazing story line. Laugh out loud book! If I had the choice, I'd read it again! Amazing ending!
Rui Wen
Apr 07, 2013 Rui Wen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Boy Who Lost His Face, is about a kid named David, and he wants to be popular. So he decides to go help these two cool kids pull a prank on a old lady. The old lady is called a witch by other kids in the neighborhood, they believe that she will cast spells. So David steals her cane, and when he was about leave, she says something very weird. And David assumed she casted a spell. The following days, David experiences weird things. His pants fall in front of a girl he likes, he falls off a cha ...more
Sep 10, 2014 Meghan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-reread
Another Sacher story that I read repeatedly... boy, he's good. I really need to go through it again to be sure, but I recall that this was a perfect book for me when I was anticipating middle school. Also, Tori taught me how to pronounce chamomile tea, and I romanticized it as this delicious thing to drink with a boy. Years later I tried it and found it gross.
Seth Kramer
Mar 03, 2016 Seth Kramer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book and its good like all his books. Its about a kid named David whos friend wanted to be cool. His friend made fun of him to be popular and it wasnt fun for David. His friends name was Scott the cool kids he hung out with were Randy and Roger. Before they hated him they stole a old ladys cane her name was name felica bayfeild. They tipped her over in her rocking chair and they pored lemonade all over her. As they left David did nothing and to look cool flipped her off.
Aug 25, 2014 Ella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book a lot. The story focuses on a group of boys. One of them, joining in with the 'cool crew', helps to steal an old woman's cane. David help and get cursed but doesn't know the truth. He has to go through the year with embarrassing things happening to him and the 'cool group' teasing him. New friends, Witches and Dogs this book is great for all ages.
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Louis Sachar (pronounced Sacker), born March 20, 1954, is an American author of children's books.

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“You're a caring, thoughtful, considerate human being. Maybe that is a curse in this cold world we live in. You have the soul of a poet.

—Mrs. Bayfield, to David”
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