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Wart, Son of Toad

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  35 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
It’s not Steve’s fault that his dad is the most hated teacher at school, nicknamed the Toad. What the kids at school don’t know is that Steve’s dad is even harder on Steve than he is on his students. And that his dad has been miserable ever since Steve’s mom and sister died in a car crash three years ago. Most of the kids don’t even know Steve’s real name – they just call ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Skyscape (first published November 1st 1985)
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Victoria
Dec 13, 2012 Victoria rated it really liked it
Shelves: lit-fic, young-adult
Originally published in 1985, this YA novel opens with Steve in his sophomore year of high school. More than other students, Steve has a rough time in high school between mounting homework, a father who teaches at his high school (his father is nicknamed the Toad by his students, and Steve has been named the Wart by association), and continued grief for the mother and sister that passed away just three years prior to the book’s opening. And though many of Steve’s problems are timeless, the book ...more
Melody
Nov 19, 2010 Melody rated it really liked it
Steve, aka Wart, is a sophomore. His dad is a nearly universally-hated teacher at his high school, unaffectionately known as Toad. There's a lot of meat here, especially in light of the recent flurry of attention around the effects of bullying. Steve is bullied from all directions. He can't communicate with his dad, who is still mourning the death of Steve's mom and little sister. He feels like his dad is rougher on him than on anyone, and maybe that's true. He's bullied by the kids at school be ...more
Ramie
Dec 14, 2012 Ramie rated it really liked it
Being a child of the 80s myself (when this book was first published) even I find some of the terms dated and just weird. That said this is still a good story. It's the story of Steve aka "Wart". Wart is not the name he'd like to be known by; but when your dad is a teacher at the school you attend and very much disliked, with a nickname of his own (Toad) -- well, what's a guy to do? Still, being known as Wart is the least of Steve's problems, his mom and sister died in a car accident, his grades ...more
Erin
May 09, 2014 Erin rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I don't know if it is because my father is a teacher and I felt I could relate (in some ways, not all) to the main character, or if it's just because the characters are so well-developed that you can really feel for them. Either way, I really liked that Carter showed the life of a kid that's struggling in all aspects of his life and seems to find a way to conquer it, not by becoming perfect or anything, but just doing what you need to do to accomplish your goals.
Sunshine
Feb 15, 2014 Sunshine rated it liked it
This YA read barely eeked out that third star. While I very much appreciated Carter's tame language and "softer" approach to his teen character's life, it may have been a bit too soft. Perhaps I'm a cynic, but I would be pleasantly surprised to find a 16-year-old boy able to communicate and resolve his issues the way Wart does. Still, this book is not without merit. It is an appropriate read for teens of all ages and the themes of loss, hard work, and human evolution (intellectually), would not ...more
Cheryl
Dec 15, 2012 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Very good YA book. Loss, bullying, life decisions are all explored. This is an out-of-print classic brought back to the reading public by Marshall Cavendish publishers. It was originally copyrighted in 1985.

WARNING: There is drug and alcohol use by minors and adults in this book, along with alcohol use condoned by a parent. There is also some harsher language.
Deandra Lieberman
Sep 04, 2013 Deandra Lieberman rated it liked it
Fun enough story, perhaps, but the character's growth was sometimes implausible, and the familial tensions were so obvious as to undermine sympathy towards characters' journeys toward making a better family.

I did like the mechanics theme, and I even enjoyed the sometimes-totally-silly and character-revealing moments of tragedy or stress.
Anne-Marie G
Jan 25, 2013 Anne-Marie G rated it liked it
I can see why it was highly rated at the time, its pretty dated in my respects.
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