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"A school like no other, where an "ordinary" boy proves how extraordinary he is."

Unlike his sisters, Danny Chandelier isn't brainy, good-looking or athletic. That's why when his parents discover a boarding school where "being not so good will finally be good enough," they pack him off to Lily Brook in Poplovastan.

On arrival, Danny discovers there is no school -- only a com
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Hardcover, 176 pages
Published June 13th 2008 by Annick Press
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Danny Chandelier is a particularly average young man – he’s not brainy, good looking or athletic. He’s just a normal kid who doesn’t fit in with his exceptionally rich, powerful, smart, good-looking family. After failing the entrance examination for the Midas Millions Academy three times, Danny’s parents decide to send him to Lily Brook Academy – a school where “being not so good will finally be good enough.” While it seems like Lily Brook will offer Danny an environment where he can find accept ...more
Monica
May 08, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I spent a few hours in this book geared towards the 10-12 year old crowd. Danny gets sent away to a boarding school for children who are considered to be "just ordinary". Boarding school proves to be much less than promised and Danny finds himself eating Dinner Soup for lunch and fighting the moving forest.

Although well written, it wasn't extraordinary. The plot was just okay for me...i kept thinking of different directions i would take Danny. The ending was no surprise, hinted at throughout the
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Lauren
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I read this book aloud to my class as it was recommended through the Scholastic Stepping Up in Literacy program. It took a few chapters for my kids to be hooked, but they totally were. Trunkey wrote such a good mentor text for a narrative, as she used all details to move the plot along.
Citygirl
Mar 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
This book was an (incredibly) amazing book to read with twists and turns.
I loved how the author writes about Lilybrook and the guards/staff.
Very funny, and well written!
I cannot wait to spend another weekend with it on the couch. For young and old alike.
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Laura Trunkey’s short fiction collection Double Dutch is forthcoming with House of Anansi in March, 2016. Previous stories have been published in journals and magazines across Canada, and included in the anthology Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow (2010). She is also the author of the children’s novel, The Incredibly Ordinary Danny Chandelier (2008). She lives in Victoria with her ...more
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