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Bruno for Real

by Caroline Adderson
illustrated by Helen Flook

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imagination & play, humorous stories, short stories
list price: $6.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
published: 2009
ISBN:9781554690237
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
6 to 8
Grade:
1 to 3
Reading age:
6 to 8
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Awards
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets
  • Commended, Resource Links "The Year's Best"
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Description

Seven-year-old Bruno is back and tackling problems with his trademark originality. He defeats hiccups. He trades his mother for a new hat. He skillfully avoids math. And thanks to his special Flutter Kick, he easily advances to the next level—in swimming and in life! Bruno is ready for any challenge as he learns all there is to know about being a boy.

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Excerpt

"Where did you get that funny hat?" Mom asked him.
"I swapped for it," Bruno told her.
Dad looked proud. "Did you? What did you swap?"
"I swapped Mom."
Mom put down her fork. Her face turned white.
"Don't worry," Bruno told her. "I got you back."
Dad said, "Thank goodness! I like your mother."
"Me too," said Bruno. "I like her so much I swapped my plastic teeth to get her back again."

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Editorial Reviews

"With a teacher who turns any conversation into a math lesson, Bruno tackles daily life with a great sense of humor and originality. Cartoonish pen and ink drawing complement the silly tone and create an appealing transitional chapter book."

— Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media

"Bruno has so much personality he almost leaps off the page, and the energy of the book marches its main character. Bruno's hijinks are entertaining and true to life, with every chapter acting as a fast-paced, self-contained story...Highly recommended."

— Resource Links

"Young readers will enjoy Bruno's funny stories, short chapters and cartoon illustrations."

— Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
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About the Authors

Caroline Adderson

CAROLINE ADDERSON is the author of four novels (A History of Forgetting, Sitting Practice, The Sky Is Falling, Ellen in Pieces) and two collections of short stories (Bad Imaginings, Pleased to Meet You), as well as many books for young readers. Published in eleven countries, her work has received numerous award nominations, including for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Winner of three BC Book Prizes and three CBC Literary Prizes, Caroline was also the recipient of the Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement. She is the program director of the Writing Studio at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

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Helen Flook

Helen Flook was born and grew up in the beautiful countryside of Wales. She has a Degree in Graphic Design from the Norwich School of Art. Helen has illustrated numerous children's books, including many Orca picture books and early chapter books in the Orca Echoes series. She lives and works in Abergwyngregyn, a village in Wales.
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