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Attack of the Tighty Whities! by Nancy E. Krulik
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Read in May, 2012

George Brown is afflicted with a strange malady: he gets the Super Burps. When he gets the Super Burps, things always go haywire. His body starts behaving in ways completely inappropriate and completely out of George's control. He wants to be good. He tries his best to ward off the Super Burps, but somehow, they always find him at the worst possible moment.

In this, the seventh book in the series (and the first I've read) George wins the school spelling bee and begins preparing for the county-wide bee. His fear that the Super Burps will attack while he's onstage has George searching for a cure. His friend Alex read online that eating onions can help people stop feeling gassy, so he concocts a sure-fire cure for George: a vanilla ice cream and onion shake. It's as disgusting as it sounds, and even worse, it doesn't stop the Super Burps. It only gives George horribly bad breath.

A rivalry with the school bee runner-up, Louie, and George's mother's insistence on buying him new clothes for the county-wide bee only add to George's misery. Will he survive this spelling bee at all?

I'm not a fan of Captain Underpants or books in that vein, but judging by this book, this series is pretty benign fare. George is a good kid who has an unusual problem. There's nothing offensive, or even that gross, for that matter, just loud belches, and it will absolutely appeal to a certain group of reluctant readers.

Review copy provided by Penguin. (Thanks, Sheila!)
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