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Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Number of Pages: 296
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If Stanford Wong has any hope of playing for the school basketball team in the fall, he must forgo attending a celebrity basketball camp to enroll in summer school. Not only must he attend summer school, he must also find a way to pass English, his least favorite subject. His parents insist he be tutored by Millicent Min, a socially clueless "brain". Through the course of the summer Millicent irritates Stanford, helps him out of a jam, whips him into shape so he passes English, and, finally, earns his grudging respect. Along the way he also falls in love for the first time, with a friend of Millicent's, of course, and he deals with his beloved grandmother's move into an assisted living facility. This is a funny, sometimes poignant, tale about a regular kid, more passionate about sports than academics, who is trying to find his way with friends and family.
Reviewed by: Susan Heist Carlton on 6/3/2010
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