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By Potter, Ellen

Publishers Summary:
Twelve-year-old Owen Birnbaum is the fattest kid in school. But he’s also a genius who invents cool contraptions— like a TV that shows the past. Something happened two years ago that he needs to see. But genius or not, there is much Owen can’t outthink. Like his gym coach, who’s on a mission to humiliate him. Or the way his Oreos keep disappearing from his lunch. He’s sure that if he can only get the TV to work, things will start to make sense. But it will take a revelation for Owen, not science, to see the answer’s not in the past, but the present. That no matter how large he is on the outside, he doesn’t have to feel small on the inside. With her trademark humor, Ellen Potter has created a larger-than-life character and story whose weight is immense when measured in heart.

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978-0-39924-705-7
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School Library Journal

Reviewed on July 1, 2009

Gr 6-8 Owen is the fattestand smartestseventh grader in his New York City school. When hes not ducking the school bully or trying to survive the worlds most sadistic P.E. teacher, he invents things. Currently Owen has two projectsa TV that will show events in the past and a trap to catch the thief who keeps stealing the Oreos from his lunchbox. Theres a lot of middle school banter and adolescent dialogue. However, what begins as a lighthearted adventure ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on October 1, 2009

Owen, nearly a genius and "fifty-seven percent fatter" than average, feels like an outcast at school--especially after someone starts st...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on May 1, 2009

Ellen Potter's covers territories familiar to middle-grade readers: standing up to bullies, misunderstandings with friends, and coping with tragedy. Potter creates characters who are genuine and appealing, but it is Owen Birnbaum's voice that makes this story shine. Middle schoolers will relate to Owen's misfit status. "I'm sure you've noticed that a lot of books start out with some kid's first day at a new school. You can see why of course, it makes for great suspense. . . .The ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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