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Word Nerd by Susin Nielsen
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May 15, 2011

really liked it

The cover:

I love the "peanut-free" marking at the top-right corner, especially since it's so relevant. The colours complement each other well, but I wish the background wasn't completely black. A little setting would've been nice.

The book:

The humour in the first-person voice is apparent from the first exchange shown between Ambrose and a group of bullies. His frank, often unintentionally funny style of talking gains him enemies just as easily as friends, while the reader is endeared to him by his oblivion to the effect his straightforward words have. Cosom is also a well-drawn character, in turns prickly, proud and protective.

The theme of family figures in largely, though never seeming overbearing, especially from Ambrose’s perspective. Although the shouting match near the end, where Ambrose lets loose all the words having built up inside him, is a bit stereotypical, his running away seems perfectly logical from his point of view.

All in all, Word Nerd is a charming, well-populated middle-grade novel suitable for middle-graders and teens alike.
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