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The Accidental Genius of Weasel High

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A book for the Wimpy Kid who has grown into a Wimpy Teen
 
Larkin Pace desperately wants a new camcorder. How else is he going to become the next great filmmaker? But his dad won’t give him any money, his sister is determined to make his life miserable, and his nemesis Dalton Cooke is trying to steal his girlfriend. Now this height-challenged aspiring director must chronicl
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Paperback, 199 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by EgmontUSA (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jamie
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jamie by: www.capitolchoices.org
Shelves: 12-14, boys, guys, movies
This book made me LOL more than once. Boobs! Sheet spit! Ghost cats! The cartoons are reminiscent of One Big Happy, but also their own cartoons. I loved his relationship with Brooke, and with Freddie. This book is clearly aimed at the Wimpy Kid crowd, but it succeeds completely. I kinda loved it.
Regina
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Fans
"A Book for the Wimpy Kid who has grown into a Wimpy Teen" is the phrase written on the back of this book and it is seriously appropriate.

Fourteen year-old freshman, Larkin Pace, is writing a blog for his English class assignment. Making up this book are the entries themselves which helped him win the class coveted prize, 100% grade.

Larkin blogs about his desire to become a famous filmmaker, and all the grand schemes he's planned to get there. One of which involves a stint on The Price is Righ
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Books and Literature for Teens
A hilarious take on the life of a “wimpy” teenager, The Accidental Genius of Weasel High is great novel for young teens (especially teen guys) who will relate to Larkin’s comical situations and outtakes on high school, family, and first love. Incorporating illustrations within the written novel is a perfect way to get anybody to read, especially with a generation of young readers who are use to visual communication. Detorie seems like a great author to watch for more graphic novels from.
Overall,
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William Bentrim
Jun 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Accidental genius of Weasel High by Rick Detorie

In the tradition of a diary of a wimpy kid this book chronicles the adventures of a 14 year old boy and that age groups humor. That humor is demonstrated in the title.

Larkin Pace is a vertically challenged 14 year old teenager. His goals and aspirations are subject to the people and kids around him. His control over his life is minimal. He spends a lot of time frustrated. This is going to resonate well with young teens who share the same feeli
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paula
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Not a whole lot happens. And I have to say, it's a bit of a relief. Nobody has mad cow disease, the school doesn't burn down, Larkin's parents don't split up. This gives us the chance to settle in and enjoy getting to know Larkin. He lives on a farm, for example, and owns seventeen dogs. He thinks that shrimp cocktail is a drink. His love life and his relationship with his eccentric friend Freddie unfold in episodic fits and starts, a lot like real life and in fact a lot like a daily comic strip ...more
Rich Izzo
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children
I found the book, supposedly written as a journal, disappointing. The illustrations are uninspiring, and although the main character, a 14-year old named Larkin, is interesting and fun to hang out with, his supporting cast, particularly his so-called friend Brooke, is insufferable. I'd add this to my library only if there were a demand for it.
Elizabeth
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Cute story but a little derivative.
Jennifer
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Summary:
Larkin Pace is 14 and hates it. He can’t do any of the things that he would love to do because he is 14. Also, he has the most useless superpower. This superpower is retaining movie information. After he sees a movie, he can tell you everything about it. The only good thing about that is his friend Brooke can also recall corny movie lines. To go along with his superpower, Larkin wants to be a famous director. The only thing that is holding him back is getting a brand new camcorder, a rea
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Beth Tangarone
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Larkin Pace, a film-obsessed high school freshman,records everything he goes through as he tries to collect some money for a new camera to take better videos on,and tries to break out of the friend zone with a girl who has been his best friend since third grade, but he chooses a *cough cough**jerk* over sweet 'ol Larkin. And his mean, annoying, older sister is no help either. She just wants a cat.
Then, after a week, doesn't actually want the cat anymore.
Even after they built a RAmP for the thing
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Jessica
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
Targeted to children or teens that have enjoyed the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, The Accidental Genius of Weasel High is told using a journal type of format from Larkin's point of view. I say journal, but it's really a written blog assigned by his English teacher to chronicle his life, interests, hobbies, or whatever else he wants to write about. As with the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, this book features graphics and cartoons, but in a less appealing way. The graphics and cartoons do not look l ...more
James Vachowski
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-boys-like
I was immediately drawn to this book after reading the title, which is one of the more interesting ones that I’ve come across. The story is about Larkin Pace, a high school student an amateur filmmaker. “The Accidental Genius” is one of those books where the main character is telling his own story, and writing it down as a long-term diary as part of a school assignment.

This book is probably always going to be compared to “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”, because the author includes hilarious cartoons to c
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Anastasia Tuckness
This is a funny funny book that will be enjoyed by many Wimpy Kid fans. It's written as a "notebook blog", which in practice reads like a diary with lots of pictures. It's similar to Smile by Raina Telegemaier, with more text, from the guy's point of view, and a little edgier.

Larkin faces issues common to the male teen--annoying older sister, a friend who's not very cool, a bully who repeatedly and variously threatens him (and does worse than threaten, especially to his friend), and dreams that
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Emily
I decided to read this book on an impulse while I was trying out my library’s e-book collection, and it turned out to be an excellent choice. I quite enjoyed it and I think it will appeal to fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. It’s similar in that it has cartoons mixed in with the text, and the main character is a somewhat unpopular fourteen-year-old boy.

Larkin Pace has plans to be a famous film director, and he has the entertaining but largely useless talent of remembering both facts about
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Raina
Fun, light, realistic, boy fare.


Some random, disconnected thoughts...

--I wish Detorie'd emphasized the Genius part of the title a bit more. The term "Accidental Genius" is defined in the first page or so, and then it's sort of referred back to, but don't expect a lot of plot from the title.

--I liked the use of sequential art, though sometimes it wasn't all that sequential, and some of the illustrations didn't necessarily add anything to the text. But they don't detract, and they do make the page
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Irene Swenson
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Larkin Pace is a genius, but no one else has any idea - mostly. Except for his friend Brooke, Larkin is basically a social outcast - especially after the whole 'Vendetta' incident. He's saving up for his dream possession - an expensive camcorder to help launch his brilliant plan to become a big-letter movie director. Larkin can recite entire scenes of script from old movies, which helps his cause. However, his stingy dad won't lend him any money, so he gets stuck working for an old lady. His gra ...more
Melissa
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Although it may be targeted to the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" age groups, this book would probably be enjoyed by almost anyone who likes the author's "One Big Happy" daily newspaper comic strip. This story reminds me more of Sue Townsend's "Adrian Mole Diaries" and Dan Elish's "Born Too Short" than the Wimpy Kid series. There were some things that I had a problem with 1)The parents were unrealistically indulgent of the main character's older sister. I grew up in a multiple child household (a middle ...more
Ingrid
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Firstly, I feel sorry for fourteen year olds. And fifteen year olds. Bad years, those. Chin up though, it gets better.

Secondly, I kind of wish I could quote whole movies- old and new. That's what Larkin does. It's his accidental genius. He has memorized hundreds of movie plots, quotes, actors, and directors. When it comes to movies, he knows almost everything. Sadly, off all the powers one could have, it's kind of pointless and worthless. Not the sort of thing to impress your high school. (Thou
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Jodi Papazian
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-reads
The Accidental Genius of Weasel High is a current Teen Nutmeg Nominee which means one thing - I had to read it. It was actually one of the last of the 10 that I read because I just didn't think I would like it. This is a huge lesson in not judging a book by its cover because I really liked it! Larkin was a great character/narrator. His adventures and mishaps throughout his freshman year of high school had me experiencing all the emotions with him - and mostly, they were enjoyable and funny.
Lar
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Bristol Public Library System
The Accidental Genius of Weasel High is a 2013 Teen Nutmeg Nominee which means one thing - I had to read it. It was actually one of the last of the 10 that I read because I just didn't think I would like it. This is a huge lesson in not judging a book by its cover because I really liked it! Larkin was a great character/narrator. His adventures and mishaps throughout his freshman year of high school had me experiencing all the emotions with him - and mostly, they were enjoyable and funny.
Larkin
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Allie
Feb 06, 2017 added it
The Accidental Genius of Weasel High is a realistic fiction book by Rick Detorie. The main character, Larkin, faces various problems throughout the story. As it turns out, his best friend isn't who he thought she was, and Larkin's sister is a dramatic teenager who blames everything on her younger brother. Larkin's main problem, however, is that he needs a camcorder. Larkin needs to save enough money to get himself one, which proves to be more of a problem than he anticipated. If you liked I Am a ...more
Christianne
Oct 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Draft BAYA review

Detorie has made an entry into the growing list of novel-comic book hybrids with this peek into the journal of high school freshman Larkin Pace. While fulfilling an English class writing assignment, Larkin tells us the story of the second half of the school year. He deals with many of the usual teens dramas: the school bully, a lost love, the ups and downs of friendship, and a mean older sister. He also has a special wish: to buy a camcorder and start his film making career.

Lark
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BAYA Librarian
Feb 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Detorie has made an entry into the growing list of novel-comic book hybrids with this peek into the journal of high school freshman Larkin Pace. While fulfilling an English class writing assignment, Larkin tells us the story of the second half of the school year. He deals with many of the usual teens dramas: the school bully, a lost love, the ups and downs of friendship, and a mean older sister. He also has a special wish: to buy a camcorder and start his film making career.

Larkin is honest, sma
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Laina SpareTime
Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
The tagline of this describes it as "A book for the wimpy kid who has grown into a wimpy teen." I have only read part of one of the Wimpy Kid books* while I was baby-sitting, but what I remember of the book, I tend to agree that they're both for the same kind of audience. A lot of reluctant readers would probably snap this up. And while it's definitely a higher reading level than the Wimpy Kid books, it's a lower-end YA in my opinion. Like I might actually have put it at upper-MG myself and I th ...more
Pam
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, graphic-novel, ya
Great afternoon read that appeals to both boys and girls. Not a true graphic novel, more of a Diary of A Wimpy Kid with real art, this story chronicles the year in the life of a teen who hates being fourteen. Any child would be able to relate to the feeling of isolation, frustration, irritation, and bewilderment that Larkin communicates in his personal blog with humor and a deft eye to middle school life. The authentic voice and ringing endorsement by comic artists Richard Thompson (Cul de Sac) ...more
Nicole Dreibelbeis
I am not sure how I feel about this one. It was enjoyable and easy to read, but I am not sure who the intended audience is. The blurb on the back says "A book for the wimpy kid who has grown into a wimpy teen" but although the protagonist is a couple years older than Greg Heffley, I don't think it holds much teen appeal. It is sweeter than Wimpy Kid, and I did not think it was nearly as funny. Also, some of the plots are just left dangling...for example the issues that Larkin has with his Dad ar ...more
Jen Mech
Jun 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
It was a pretty good book, but it had a terrible ending. I feel like it left so many strings untied. I thought it was cute that his whole notebook/blog project was kind of turned into a movie; it even had "out-takes." So, my question is, was the whole project make-believe, as part of his accidental genius? If so, then why not end up by getting the girl? Speaking of the girl in question, what a bonehead for not standing up for her friend even though she said she knew the truth. Instead, she walks ...more
Elizabeth
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is written from the perspective of 14 year old Larkin Pace and the novel is actually his notebook entries that he writes for his homework assignment. He is honest about how he feels, his thoughts are random at times and I laughed when reading many of the entries.

Some of the issues he deals with are trying to save enough money to buy a camcorder that he'd need to become a famous film director/maker, taking his relationship with Brooke, a girl who he believes is already his girlfriend b
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Reader
Jan 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
While Larkin prepares to become the next great filmmaker, he must first survive his sister's endless drama, his maybe-girlfriend is seeing another guy, and he needs 900 bucks for a new video camera. Telling his story in journal entries and black and white illustrations, Larkin addresses school tension and his odd friendship with Freddie, his goal to meet Steven Spielberg over a casual dinner, and his obsessive knowledge of film. The art is engaging and rich, taking the narrative thread to a fant ...more
Clayton Yuen
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Yes, this is a combo storybook with cartoons to illustrate, about Larkin - the Accidental Genius. For what this book was intended, it hit the target spot on. There was humor, there was pathos, there was drama, and there was life lessons.

Why did I give this Rick Detorie book 5 stars. Well, if you are a kid growing up, experiencing all of life's speed bumps, then you need to learn how to react to situations. This book depicts how Larkin, though he's not big and not super smart and not fantastical
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Wawa
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars actually. The reason I prefer the .5 rating is because although this book was interesting it didn’t “wow” me the way I thought I would. The ending is especially drab. The reason I decided to vote up to a 4 is because of the art which I thought was quirky and cool. Other than that, the story is pretty simple. I like the main character’s sister’s description of her life. She reminded me of my own moments of adolescent drama. It was a good story in that it flowed well but it doesn’t spark ...more
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Rick Detorie is the creator of the popular comic strip One Big Happy. He is the author of 14 humor books, including the best-sellers No Good Men, No Good Lawyers, Totally Tacky Cartoons, Catholics and How to Survive an Italian Family. He currently resides in Venice, California.
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