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The Fruit Bowl Project

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  99 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Call it six degrees of separation. The kids in 8th Grade Writer’s Workshop are awestruck when their teacher announces that through her husband’s cousin, she’s met rock superstar Nick Thompson and has invited him to their class. He’s come to talk about writing and he’s even cooler than they imagined. Nick, known for his music as well as his lyrics, tells the kids his ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published January 24th 2006 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published 2006)
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Neel Daswani
Oct 09, 2014 Neel Daswani rated it really liked it
This book is about school.THe first day of school was really terrible because the teacher had a lot of goof talkers. But the person that troubled the most was this girl named Katie. THe teacher did not know what punishment to give.So the teacher got an idea to calm them down. The teacher's idea was to tell her students that The famous Nick Thompson was her husband.


After several days the students were so exited that they didn't belive that Nick was the teacher's husband. So the teacher asked him
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Madison Crawford
Nov 03, 2014 Madison Crawford rated it really liked it
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Jayda Johnson
Jan 14, 2015 Jayda Johnson rated it did not like it
Shelves: scanned
This book was disappointing. When I read the synopsis, I envisioned a story about young kids creating original pieces of literature and getting those pieces published. Unfortunately, that was not the case. I felt as if I was too old to be reading this book. Surely it is children's literature, but as I read I continued to set it aside to donate. Every minute I read out of this novel, I lost one IQ point. Seriously, it was that young.
Also, I disliked the point of view from which it was written. I
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Natalie  Sapkarov Harvey
A super-famous rockstar visits an eighth grade Writer's Workshop class and delivers an assignment later to be known as the Fruit Bowl Project. Each student will write a piece about the same basic facts that will make up a story - boy drops pencil, bumps girl, girl gets mad. boy tells joke to friend, friend spews milk out the nose. While the premise of the assignment is creative and sounds like something I'd love to try in an eighth grade English class myself, reading about it in this book is ...more
Carmine
May 26, 2009 Carmine rated it liked it
Recommends it for: middle schoolers
Recommended to Carmine by: random pick
Mrs. Vallis teaches 8th grade creative writing, a young teacher with lots of enthusiasm who just happens to be cousin-in-law of the hottest rock star around (think Steven Tyler of Aerosmith or Mick Jagger). He agrees to come visit her class to talk about writing. He uses a bowl of fruit as analogy about style and that launches a creative writing project so compelling that kids who weren't even in that class end up contributing. A fun way to talk about style and point of view with budding ...more
Victoria
Jan 31, 2014 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This story was recommended to me, and I am so glad I took the advice to read it! The story is about an eighth grade class who gets a visit from a classic rock star. Said rock star doesn't talk to them about being a rock star, but the importance of writing, and tasks them with "The Fruit Bowl Project". The students have to write a story about a series of established facts. The variable is how it is written - poetry, narrative, screenplay, lyric, IM/text speak, etc. 50 different versions were fun ...more
Emilia
this was my favorite book in middle school. i thought it was the most clever thing ever written. unfortunately, i lost my copy of it, and it went out of print before i could buy another one. this christmas my mother surprised me with a copy she found online and i finally got around to rereading it this week. honestly, i was relieved to find that it held up after all these years! reading this book was a bit like hearing a song you used to be obsessed with when you were younger and finding that ...more
Melissa
Jun 21, 2009 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Fruit Bowl Project (NOT The Fruits Basket Project as I keep calling it in my head) doesn’t seem to have a lot of legs outside of the classroom. It’s a fine quick little read, but the first half of the book that’s set-up doesn’t really have that much connection to the meat of the premise, or the variations on a theme. It’s also fairly tedious to read through all the different versions of the story when they’re not terribly inventive (the crazy genres and the math versions worked better for me ...more
Kerri
Sep 09, 2008 Kerri rated it really liked it
Pretty cool idea. I wish we had gotten to know the kids better before she put the Fruit Bowl Project compilation in. I felt like I was just getting to know the main characters and then we left them behind.

On a Writing Teacher's note: Awesome for teaching point of view, voice, style, and just about everything else. Just the fact that the teacher called her class Writing Workshop made me love this book from the get go!
Melanie
I love this book! I wish middle schoolers were really this creative; and maybe, somewhere in this world, they are. The book is a bit unrealistic. The way the rock star and teacher talk, and sometimes the students, is a bit kitschy for middle school. But the story told at the end, in so many different ways, is fabulous!
Noelle
Feb 22, 2009 Noelle rated it it was amazing
Ha, ha, ha! 'do not feel sorry for nugget! Nugget have no brain! Nugget have no nervous system! Nugget inanamate object! Anomynous just think it fun to put Chicken nugget in book!' Ah... I loved that part. Ishowed it to my friends. We are still joking about it. I think Cassie wrote it. I compared the handwriting/font.
Heather
Jun 09, 2009 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, realistic-fiction
This is a really interesting way to give the kids a look at multiple genres representing different aspects of the same topic. I started reading it aloud and they were really into it. There is a small bit of crude humor at the end that is not appropriate for school, but the kids would really enjoy.
Amanda
Dec 15, 2009 Amanda rated it liked it
This novel was an interesting idea....writing from different points of view. The thought that went into the text and type of writing was really interesting to me. I liked the story line of the 8th graders preparing themselves within their writing workshop.
Stephanie
Aug 07, 2009 Stephanie rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-fiction
The concept for this book is good. All the students in this class have the same characters and simple plot, but told from different points of view. I was just ok.
Laurie Williams
Jul 14, 2012 Laurie Williams rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya-books
The idea of this book is better than the actual book. I was quite disappointed, especially the first section.
Ms. Campbell
Nice book about how to be inspired to write and writing from multiple genres and perspectives. Probably better fro middle school students.
Martie
May 08, 2013 Martie rated it liked it
It was ok. I grew a bit bored reading the 50 varieties of the same story, but it is a creative book idea.
Anne
A really interesting look at what a simple story would look like when told from a variety of viewpoints and genres. Great for a middle school English/writing class - or kids interested in writing.
Pineapple Girl
May 01, 2010 Pineapple Girl marked it as to-read
Della is currently reading this and I was reading parts of it while she was doing math homework in advisory on Fridady. What I did read was hilarous!!
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Sarah Durkee has had success as a writer, lyricist, comedy writer, scriptwriter and poet. Currently, her songs, scripts and poetry are featured on the PBS reading show Between the Lions, as well as on Dora the Explorer, Arthur, and others. Her writing for grown-ups includes The Book of Sequels, a collection of literary parodies co-authored with fellow National Lampoon alumni Chris Cerf, Henry ...more
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