Synopses & Reviews
From award-winning actor-writer-producer-director Bob Balaban comes a hilarious new series, perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid
If popularity were a score between one and ten, Charlie Drinkwater would be a zero. He's nerdy and unathletic, and to top it all off, he's suddenly morphed into a giant mutant sea creature sometime between first-period science class and third-period English.
Now Charlie's two best friends are treating him like a science project, there's a petition to get him kicked out of school, the cool kids are recruiting him for their clique, and for some reason his parents are acting like everything is perfectly normal. What's a slimy, scaly, seventh-grade creature to do?
“Bob Balaban does it all (really he does). He directs, acts and writes funny (really he does). In my opinion, this book is a monsterpiece."
“A very funny and insightful exploration of what it means to be the REAL you.”
"A fun book for the inner reptile in all of us." **PLEASE NOTE: We are allowed to use this blurb ONLY on the book jacket itself. To use in any other promotion (ads, bookmarks, etc.), please contact the editor so that we can request legal permission from Robin Williams' lawyer.**
"With occasional comic drawings and lots of humor regarding life as a dinosaur among humans (such as the scale of reptile farts), this romp is a balm for anyone who’s ever felt awkward in their own scales err, skin. . . . A wacky story of loyalty and self-discovery."
"Bob Balaban knows this world so well...you might think this actually happened to him...read it and you’ll see!"
"The amiable drollery carries it a long way..."—New York Times Book Review
“An endearingly quirky story about embracing oneself.”—Publishers Weekly
“This romp is a balm for anyone who’s ever felt awkward in their own scales err, skin….A wacky story of loyalty and self-discovery.”—Kirkus Reviews
"An exciting, thoughtful story."
"This high-action journey has suspense to spare, and the continual near misses will keep readers cheering for Digger."
"A masterful mix of humor, mystery, and school-related problems. . . . Charlie is a likable and believable character who will appeal to reluctant readers."
"The amiable drollery of The Creature From the Seventh Grade carries it a long way."
Capricorn "Cap" Anderson has never watched television. He's never tasted a pizza. Never even heard of a wedgie. Since he was little, his only experience has been living on a farm commune and being home schooled by his hippie grandmother, Rain. But when Rain falls out of a tree while picking plums, and has to stay in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a guidance counselor and her cranky teen daughter and attend the local middle school. While Cap knows a lot about tie-dyeing and Zen Buddhism, no education could prepare him for the politics of public school.
Capricorn Cap Anderson has been homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Rain. When Rain is injured in a fall, Cap is forced to attend the local middle school. Although he knows a lot about Zen Buddhism, nothing has prepared him for the politics of public school.
Escaped and on the run, can Digger find redemption?
His bold escape from a juvenile detention facility nearly kills him, but soon an angry fourteen-year-old Digger is on the run, hijacking a tractor trailer, "borrowing" a bicycle, and stealing a canoe. When injuries stop him, Digger hides at a riverside campground, where he befriends a young boy and a girl his own age. New friends, a job caring for rescued horses, and risking his life to save another make Digger realize that the journey back is not just about getting home, it's about discovering what he's really running from, and how to come to terms with his troubled past.
There's a thief in town, and all signs point to twelve-year-old Charlie Drinkwater. Once you spontaneously morph into a giant mutant dinosaur in the middle of the school day, people will suspect you of just about anything. Charlie's teachers decide that all he needs is a little discipline, so they make him join the swim team. The only problem is, Charlie is terrified of the water. (He's terrified of a lot of things.) Charlie and his friends vow to apprehend the real criminal and clear Charlie's name. But when they discover who the actual thief is, Charlie's problems get a whole lot bigger . . . not to mention slimier, scalier, and smellier!
A teenage boy faces his past and seeks redemption in the gripping companion book to Red Kayak
Nine months in a juvenile detention facility was the punishment for his crime. After just a month he makes a bold escape that nearly kills him and soon an angry fourteen-year-old Digger is on the run. When injuries stop him, Digger hides at a riverside campground, where he befriends a young boy and a girl his own age. New friends, a job caring for rescued horses, and risking his life to save another make Digger realize that the journey back is not just about getting home. But he come to terms with his troubled past and face what he's really running from?
About the Author
Bob Balaban is the author of the McGrowl series for young readers, and he has appeared in nearly one hundred movies, including Midnight Cowboy
, Close Encounters of the Third Kind
, Waiting for Guffman
, and Moonrise Kingdom
. He has been nominated for an Oscar, a Tony, four Emmys, a Producers Guild Award, two Directors Guild Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, one of which he won for his appearance in Gosford Park
, a film he also produced. A Chicago native, Bob now lives in Bridgehampton, NY.
Andy Rash lives in Sherwood, Wisconsin, and has illustrated many books for young readers. He is author-illustrator of Ten Little Zombies: A Love Story and Are You a Horse?