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The Amazing Life of Birds: The Twenty-Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Puberty isn't for wimps -- tweens and up.

Book Gary Paulsen Humor 2006
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age 9+


it got my kid to ask questions about stuff

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If only all adolescents could be as light-hearted and fatalistic about the mess they're enduring as Duane, the narrator and main character. Suffering embarrassments and humiliations that would strain the self-confidence of a reality-show contestant, and getting little help from family or friends, Duane soldiers on with wit and a good heart.

Author Gary Paulsen maintains a light touch, doing no more than hint at some of Duane's problems and using witty euphemisms and circumlocutions for anything that Duane doesn't really want to talk about. Unfortunately his touch is not so light when it comes to slapstick -- it's funny, but ultimately strains credulity. Still, for kids who are in the throes of change, this might help lighten the mood.

Book Details

  • Author: Gary Paulsen
  • Genre: Humor
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Publication date: June 18, 2006
  • Number of pages: 84
  • Last updated: November 3, 2015

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