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The Janitor's Boy by Andrew Clements
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Jun 15, 2010

it was amazing
Read in May, 2010

Andrew Clements is just the greatest. His books manage to convey the perspective of an adult and the viewpoint of a child. They always make me laugh, and usually make me cry. This one certainly did.

The story of Jack Rankin's uneasy relationship with his father, a smart guy who somehow ended up as a school custodian, 'The Janitor's Boy' gently pushes its protagonist toward understanding and conciliation.

At the same time, the novel has acridly witty criques of a sixth-grade bully festooned in logo-rich attire, and a teacher in a lime green pantsuit who resembles a "lizard getting ready to flip its tongue out to snap up a fly." No worries--Jack gets over on the both of them.

Highly recommended.
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