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North: The Tale of a Boy Who Becomes a Free Agent and Travels the World in Search of the Perfect Parents

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In a cross-country comic odyssey, nine-year-old North goes to court to win ""free agency"" from his parents and proceeds to search the United States for parents who deserve him. Reprint. 150,000 first printing. $75,000 ad/promo. Movie tie-in.
Paperback, 135 pages
Published June 28th 1994 by Villard (first published 1984)
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Sep 10, 2013 Nicole rated it it was ok
A thin quick read that should've taken me all but a week or two to read at the rate of reading a chapter a day. However what starts off as an interesting funny book hits a long dry road in Chapter 6. Not sure exactly what or why it is but it just drags. It is the longest chapter and the one that I would continually stop reading and put down to read something else. Once I finally got past chapter 6 the rest was easy to breeze through. Chapter 6 is a significant chapter but perhaps its too much in ...more
Aug 22, 2011 Marie rated it it was ok
A little young adult book that I picked up at the Friends of the Library bookstore. The premise is interesting, The main character is a nine year old boy who is so unhappy with his parents that they give him "heart attacks." So he sues to become a free agent and wins. Since he's an exceptional kid, he knows someone will want him, and he travels around to visit potential parents. It starts off well and then gets ridiculous, humorless, confusing and convoluted. But it was worth a try. It was made ...more
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Jul 21, 2014 Kyler Place rated it liked it
Normally I like to write a short summary of the book, but the title pretty much says it all. North, after repeatedly risking heart attacks at the sight of his parent, decides to seek his freedom. Never mind that he is only nine-years-old. Along the way he learns a few things, but will they be enough to help him?

This book is, at times, quite humorous. The ending was a tad slow, but still enjoyable. I enjoyed the author's occasional interjections, but he does not use the consistently enough; eithe
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Aug 20, 2013 Shenai Alonge rated it did not like it
This book was a waste of my life. I can never get that time back. The plot is a cute idea that's full of potential, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. Trite, cheesy, bad current events jokes/references that are no longer current (and not particularly clever when they were current), unlikeable characters, this list could go on and on. Even the title character, the hero!, is not just not likeable, he is unlikeable. This was a miserable reading experience for me.
Jun 08, 2008 Rebecca rated it liked it
Recommends it for: children
I read this because I really like the movie. The book was good. I found it amusing and enjoyed it.
Sep 25, 2013 Andréa rated it did not like it
Shelves: humor, tv-movies
Interesting premise, but the result is not very funny, rather strange, and just generally not very appealing.
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premis awalnya lucu dan menarik: anak umur 9 tahun yg bercerai dr orang tua yg gak acuh untuk mencari orang tua baru yg perhatian. Namun semakin maju ke halaman berikutnya... groookkk...
Jul 13, 2007 Keith rated it liked it
I remember liking this - as a kid feeling trapped. Can't say I would still like it and the horrible movie reviews at IMDB have me wondering . . .
May 18, 2014 Gospodyina rated it it was ok
Shelves: culled
I don't know why I kept this on the shelf for so long; perhaps to have something under Z? I only remember it being very, very slow.
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