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Nennt mich nicht Ismael! (Ishmael, #1)

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Hausaufgaben, Mobbing, Liebeskummer - mal abgesehen von diesen üblichen Schulproblemen trifft Ismael ein besonderes Schicksal: Sein Vorname macht ihn zum Gespött der Mitschüler. Zu allem Übel kann sein Vater nicht oft genug betonen, wie ihn die Lektüre von Moby Dick auf diesen Namen gebracht hat. Ismaels Reaktion: Abtauchen! Das ändert sich, als James Scobie in die Klasse ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 4th 2008 by Hanser (first published 2006)
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Edacheeky Yes me too!!! i loved it! It was so authentic, real and beautiful and i loved how it was funny and light-hearted at the same time. Yes he does get to…moreYes me too!!! i loved it! It was so authentic, real and beautiful and i loved how it was funny and light-hearted at the same time. Yes he does get to hang out with Kelly and yes there IS a sequel called "Ishmael and the return of the Dugongs" and a third book: "Ishmael and the hoops of Steel". I have read them all and they are all wonderful books! the goodreads links for them are here:
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3.5 stars.

“One of the Beatles had just fallen out of my pants.
I was pretty sure it was Ringo.”

A conversation.A heated debate.

Jo -So, I really enjoyed this book. It was full of colourful characters, hilarious dialogue and ridiculous (and fun!) situations, this book will definitely appeal to middle-grade readers. However I couldn’t help but think that there were some jokes that went on a bit longer than they should of. I imagine my face was similar to the face I pull when my granddad, my colou
The biggest problem with Don’t Call Me Ishmael is that I really liked James Scobie, and the implication—at least according to the book flap, which cheered that “Nothing will stop James and Ishmael from taking on bullies, bugs, and Moby Dick, in the toughest, weirdest, most embarrassingly awful . . . and the best year of their lives!”—was that he would stick around for the duration of the story.

As main characters typically do.

But apparently James Scobie wasn’t actually a main character.

He showed
"Don't Call Me" Ishmael follows Ishmael Leseur, a quick witted 9th grader as he enters a new school and deals with the burden that being named Ishmael brings. Overall, the book is enjoyable and funny but struggles to present a truly memorable or interesting high school tale. Spoilers included, be forewarned.

Ishmael, himself, is a well done character with a wonderful voice which carries the book from beginning to end. You empathize with him, root for him, and wish things turn out well because he'
Henry Moss
'Don't Call Me ISHMAEL' is a good book and I enjoyed reading through it. The book was good because at the end of most chapters it had a little comment that made you want to keep reading. These included things like 'But I was wrong' which always made me want t read one more page. The book has some humourous points that made me chuckle in a happy manner. The characters are believeable and you actually start to generate feelings for them which is always a good thing for any reader. Overall I enjoye ...more
A very funny book although probably more for younger readers
Ismael hasst seinen Namen und wird anscheinend aufgrund seines Namens immer wieder von einem Jungen seiner Klasse gehänselt. Ismael hat die beste Technik herausbekommen, dem aus dem Weg zu gehen, nämlich indem er sich so unsichtbar wie nur möglich macht. Das geht aber nicht mehr, als ein neuer Mitschüler in die Klasse kommt, der Ismael auch noch in seinem Debattierclub haben will...
Ein witziges Buch, dass Mut machen möchte, gegen Mobbing vorzugehen und für Zivilcourage einzutreten. Klingt jetzt
I enjoyed this immensely from start to finish. The plot was by no means unconventional but the writing was so fantastic that I hardly noticed. The narrator's 'voice' was so vivid and he told his story with such a dramatic, humorous, theatrical flourish that you felt like his troubles with the school bully and insecurities about girls and public speaking were bigger news than WWII.
I immediately guessed that the writer was a high school teacher, and sure enough, a quick check of the 'about the aut
James Purkis Purkis
I am reluctant to criticize YAF because it is not aimed at my reading level. The character of Ishmael is engaging in his own self defeatist attitudes and his cast of school yard enemies and weird friends surpass being simply caricatures. The plot is not over predictable and the action never gets bogged down for too long in any one scene. This lends the book an easy going feel that made it a pleasure to keep reading. My main criticism would be the message about bullying and the melodramatic natur ...more
Stacy Nyikos
Don't Call Me Ishmael

Michael Gerard Bauer


If the cold, dreary, dark days of January have blanketed you, this is just the right read. Don't Call Me Ishmael is Bud, not Buddy hilarious and set in Australia, where, currently, it is summer! So pull up a chair and toast your toes on the warmth and humor of this story.

Basic plot: Ishmael Leseur, a Year Nine student (that's down under for ninth grader), suffers from ILS, Ishmael Leseur Syndrome, which is Ishmael's name for his particular brand of
Kay Smith
I just borrowed this book from my school library. I recently finished it today. It is my favorite book in the world now!!! This book has inspired me so much. i would like to say that Michael Gerard Bauer is an amazing writer!! I love the characters so much and it feels like i had a strong connection to this book. I LOVED this book so much. It is an awesome book. Ishmael is a very awesome character. I love the way that he tells the story of his school year and how he felt about it. But i would li ...more
Jill Smith
At first thought the topic of Bullying in schools is not an easy one to broach. However, Michael writes so cleverly this subject is easy to relate to. Michael writes in the voice of a fourteen year old, with a brainy big sister and parents that kid around all the time. Ishmael believes he has an incurable disease ‘Ishmael Leseur’s Syndrome!’

From the very first sentence the reader is drawn to this insecure boy with many foibles and a loving family, willing Ishmael to like himself and to stand up
Mu'iz Bakar
This book is just okay.
Sarah Waters
The start of this book didn't grab me but after seeing its rating and reading reviews I persisted and I'm glad i did! Really enjoyed getting to know the main character and the introduction of James Scobie was a highlight for me. Would have loved to have had his character throughout the book. This book would promote a lot of discussion, especially in regards to bullying. Great mature read!
i thought that this book was a good book and very enjoyable to read, it was a book that could be great to read for all ages but especially for teenages or people that have started at a new school. The book focuses alot on bullying and how to cope with bullying. i really enjoyed reading this book and i would like to read the next one.
Kathy Lane
I love laughing aloud and being taken by surprise. The emotions and character reactions felt authentic. I plan to read top contenders again. Alexie's book is great, but not appealing to local teens so far where Ishmael is captivating all -young and no longer young. (KDL)
I have been interested in reading this books for a while now, but after reading the first chapter I had put it aside thinking it to be a bit dull. By the end of chapter five I had tears from laughing so much. As did everyone I read sections to. I was hooked. This is a story about bullying, but also self-confidence, empathy and being a teenage boy.

For me, I would save this book for older, high-school-age readers. There are quite a few sexual references that make me feel as though it wouldn't be s
When I started reading this book, I thought it was quite boring. Right now, I am still on part one and I am slowly getting through it. I have to read it for school so I have no say whether I want to read this book or not. I'm sure if I got to read it by myself in my own time, I would probably like it more. Right now we have to read it slowly and talk about every 1-5 page chapter for about half a lesson each, it's going really slow. Hopefully by the end of this book, I will like it more. If not, ...more
Ismael hasst seinen Namen. Besonders deswegen, weil er für die tyrannische Clique ständige Steilvorlagen bietet. Er ist es gewohnt so gut es geht abzutauchen, um ja keinem der bösen Jungs aufzufallen. Doch das gelingt leider nur bedingt. Als ein neuer Schüler in die Klasse kommt, ändert sich die Situation jedoch maßgeblich, denn dieser neue Schüler kann mit der bloßen Kraft seiner Worte, die vorlauten Jungs zum Schweigen bringen. Ist der Debattierclub, der vom neuen Schüler mitbegründet w
Jill Smith
At first thought the topic of Bullying in schools is not an easy one to broach. However, Michael writes so cleverly this subject is easy to relate to. Michael writes in the voice of a fourteen year old, with a brainy big sister and parents that kid around all the time. Ishmael believes he has an incurable disease ‘Ishmael Leseur’s Syndrome!’

From the very first sentence the reader is drawn to this insecure boy with many foibles and a loving family, willing Ishmael to like himself and to stand up
Ismael ist nicht allein wegen seines Namens zum Gespött seiner Klassenkameraden geworden. Typen wie Barry Bagsley brauchen einfach jemanden, auf dem sie herum trampeln können. Als James Scobie neu in die Klasse kommt, stockt Ismael - und Michael Bauers Lesern - der Atem. James ist außergewöhnlich klein, adrett, er hat mehr als merkwürdige Angewohnheiten und macht so ziemlich alles falsch, das ein Schüler falsch machen kann, der nicht zur Zielscheibe eines überzeugten Mobbers werden will. Doch de ...more
Review by Laurence Penna

Hounded by the school bully and struck dumb in the presence of girls, the year doesn’t start well for Ishmael when he is asked to take misfit James Sobie under his wing. However, life takes some unexpected turns for Ishmael and his friends as they embark on the most embarrassingly awful… and the best year of their lives.

I wasn’t too sure what to expect just from reading the blurb on the back, but immediately got hooked on this wonderful book. I was expecting something s
Jed Bradley
I decided to read this book to fill the book with a male main character and it was shortlisted in the children's book council of Australia, (like that helps).

This book completes the category of a book with a male main character on the bingo board.

What i liked about this book is it is very relatable to new people that have come from a different country, in this case India, and the troubles they face at their school. however it put these events into a comical form that all worked out for Ishmael i
Gabe Neph
If you have a name of great meaning or is easily made fun of, I think you could relate to this book. The main character Ishmael goes through some great adversities in this book. He gets picked on all the time by the school bully, Barry Bagsley. I recommend this book to children that like a fun theme.
Personally, I thought that the grammar was very poor. A lot of fragments were written in this book. The imagery in this book was very good. Michael Bauer really made you feel like you were there w
Don't call me Ishmael, is a great story which tell us a story about Ishmael who thinks that he got a rare syndrome called "Ishmael Leseur Syndrome" which he got it due to the combination of his names.

The story happened in a school with funny events such as debating.

The book is similar to "Diary of a Wimpy Kid", so if you like that one, you will like this one too.
It’s official. I double-checked the complete list, and Bauer makes my Final Four for Funniest Book of the Year. A lot of the laughs are at the level of a fifth grade boys bathroom stall, but that’s OK. It’s still funny.

One consequence of the most crass moments: teachers and parents might hesitate to share this book with younger readers. The warning label applies for, but isn’t limited to: some obvious comedy at the expense of Moby Dick; a few outbreaks of Middle School profanity; and a scene wi
This book might have no big issue, bullying is everywhere and one latent evil thing people do (read it everywhere) but what I love about this book is how it successfully make me laugh so hard. Oh and that bit about debating club is a bit personal because I was chosen for debate club when I was in high school but I was that kind of people who thought that everyone's entitle to their opinion, lawl.

Simple words that made me crack. "Excrement has hit the fan!"

As a kid, I love this book and I still do.
I read it when I was 13, and I loved it.

Bauer manages to capture a unique essence in the novel, a smart youth who is still figuring on who he is. It's a wonderful journey with hilarious hijinks and cringe worthy moments (because that's how the character is), all of it definitely relatable.
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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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