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The Schernoff Discoveries (Tales to Tickle the Funnybone #3)

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  130 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Harold Schernoff, 14-year-old science whiz and social nerd, has a theory for every problem, from dating, to bullies, to making money, to sports, to how to buy a car when you're underage. When he and his buddy team up to put his theories to the test, nothing goes according to plan. A ski lesson becomes: Mass x Acceleration x Slope of hill = eeeAAGGHHH. As for first dates, o ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published May 12th 1997 by Random House Children's Books
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Apr 15, 2016 Danny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dec 17 2014
SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The best part of this whole book so far is when Harold went on a date with a girl and put his tongue in her ear. This was truly the funniest part of the whole novel. As well another interesting scene is when the boys handed in the gulf bulls and managed to buy a car that broke down after less then 10 miles. This book is great because it is very funny, and interesting. This book would be better if the aut
Jen Castagno

Harold Schernoff is an unpopular boy at school who thinks he has found solutions of every problem. Him and his best friend go about to set those theories in action. They buy a car, even though they are 14, learn ho to talk to girls, give the football team laxatives, and attempt to become skiers, but nothing ever goes according to plan. This novel is just about two best friends and the adventures they have.

It is a funny story about friendship and is very innocent. It is definitely wri
Sep 21, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This 103-page book seems to be an autobiographical book about Gary's middle school years. It contains a lot of things that really happened to him--working at a bowling alley, his parents being drunk all of the time, failing school, etc. Each chapter is about a different adventure he and his friend, Harold, dreamed up. I'm sure these stories have been embellished. I laughed all of the way through the book. I especially liked the ski story and the story of Harold's first date.

There are some instan
Sep 16, 2013 Stephania rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Harold and his fried The narrator tell us about their many mishaps in school and learning experiences. Some of their experiences are fishing, skiing, blowing up a pen in an electrical socket and even a first date. Harold and his buddy go through a lot and his buddy consistently tries to talk him out of the "stupid" ideas he has to get him to do something different. Overall tale of boys doing some dumb things. (Boys do this I know I have two) I was looking for something funny but it was a let dow ...more
Feb 27, 2015 Buchtoaster rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eine Empfehlung an alle. Mal wieder was richtig witziges. Ein kleines Schmankl für zwischendurch von Gary Paulsen.

Harold und sein Freund sind Aussenseiter im Alter von 14 Jahren und versuchen beliebt zu werden! Harold ist ein Supergenie und sein Freund der die Geschichte in der Ich-Perspektive erzählt ist keine Leuchte. Aber profitieren auf Ihre Weise voneinander und haben eine ungewöhnliche Freundschaft!

Richtig witzig mal wieder und cool! Seid doch auch mal Harolds Freund. Der ist echt n Nerd!
Dec 09, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a relief to listen to after the last long dismal book. This was only 2 discs long and way too short. I'd like to hear more adventures of Harold, the science whiz, and his friend who narrates the story and who, I just discovered, doesn't appear to have a name.
Kathy Sleva
Two nerdy kids and their escapades at school. A quick, fun read. I picked this one up in a " Little Free Library" while on vacation. It provided an entertaining afternoon. I will read anything Gary Paulsen writes.
Austin Druyor
This book overall was a great one because it is a hilarious book and made me laugh quite a bit. This book is also a good good because it would be cool how to use Harold Schernoff's science to solve many great and funny problems.
Kaden Johnson
The Schernoff Discoveries by Gary Paulsen. I had very different feeling about this book. In some parts of this book I was very confused on what was going on but in some parts of the book it was clear what they where saying. But in all i enjoyed the book.
Jul 20, 2015 Karin rated it liked it
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Not my favorite Paulsen book. It doesn't even sound like him. It was too juvenile, but in the end, it makes it seem like it's a memoir of his childhood. If it's nonfiction, then I like it a little better.
Aug 17, 2010 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious! The ski scene was the funniest. I laughed for a whole 10 minutes. It still brings a smile to my face.
Jan 02, 2009 Kris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, but my 6th graders had a noticeable generational removal from the jokes and pranks of the day.
Oct 25, 2014 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Need a good, relaxing chuckle? This is it. Stories of these boys mirror Gary's own upbringing. Reading this book felt like getting to know Gary's turf.
Funny! A primer for every adolescent boy. Any adolescent girl reading this book will benefit as well to help her understand all the goofy things the boys are doing.
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