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Also Known as Elvis

By: James Howe

The summer before eighth grade, Skeezie has to work while his friends have fun. Worse, his dad returns after a two-year absence—and wants Skeezie to live with him.

ISBN: 9781442445109

JLG Release: Jul 2014


Series: The Misfits
Sensitive Areas: Language: Mild Language, Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur, Language: Homophobic Slur
Topics: Single-parent families , Summer employment , Fathers and sons , Mothers and sons , Family life , Friendship

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In this final book in the series, Skeezie Tookis looks back 12 years to the summer he was 13, when his mother, struggling to raise him and his two sisters alone, insists he get a job to help out. Skeezie hires on at the Candy Kitchen, favorite hangout of the Gang of Five, forming a special friendship with 19-year-old waitress Steffie, who nicknames In this final book in the series, Skeezie Tookis looks back 12 years to the summer he was 13, when his mother, struggling to raise him and his two sisters alone, insists he get a job to help out. Skeezie hires on at the Candy Kitchen, favorite hangout of the Gang of Five, forming a special friendship with 19-year-old waitress Steffie, who nicknames him Elvis. Slicking back his hair and wearing his deadbeat dad’s black leather motorcycle jacket are Skeezie’s way of holding on to him, even as his anger over his father’s desertion consumes him. When his dad turns up in Paintbrush Falls, Skeezie must face his ambivalent feelings head on: while his mother and sisters are hoping for a reconciliation, his father’s plan is to seek a divorce so he can remarry and take Skeezie with him to his new life in Rochester. With his three best friends away on vacation, Skeezie is on his own as he grapples with his decision to stay or leave. Howe skillfully blends humor and pathos, effectively conveying the protagonist’s conflicted feelings, even through his wisecracks, and his characterization is robust and nuanced. Skeezie narrates the story to his soon-to-be-born son, and readers learn at the outset, as they did in the conclusion of The Misfits (S. & S., 2001), how things turned out for the Gang of Five, but knowing doesn’t lessen the impact of this compelling story. A most fitting and satisfying conclusion.—Marie Orlando, formerly at Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY

Book Details

ISBN

9781442445109

First Release

July 2014

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Fic

Trim Size

6 1/8" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

288

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.5; Points: 7;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.7; Points: 12;

Lexile

Level 780L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Atheneum

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Mild Language, Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur, Language: Homophobic Slur

Topics

Single-parent families, Summer employment, Fathers and sons, Mothers and sons, Family life, Friendship,

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