Thursday, January 24, 2008
Zen and the Art of Faking It
Sonnenblick, Jordan. 2007. ZEN AND THE ART OF FAKING IT. New York: Scholastic. ISBN 9780439837071 [Suggested Grade Levels 5-8]
Nerdy new kid San Lee experiences new-found popularity and attracts the attention of cute girl Woody when he reinvents himself as a Zen master after he arrives in his new middle school. However, San must face the music when his classmates discover his fabrications.
Sonnenblick creates an identifiable plot, sympathetic characters, and a realistic ending wrapped up with a strong dose of humor. Middle schoolers looking for their place in the world may identify with San’s attempts to find a place in his and understand the fallibility of his efforts at self-discovery.
Readers may want to study the art of Zen and learn more about the history of this Buddhist tradition of meditation and study.
Other humorous books about middle school boys:
Mackey, Weezie Kerr. THROWING LIKE A GIRL. ISBN 0761453423
Yoo, David. GIRLS FOR BREAKFAST. ISBN 0385731922
By Donna Woody