Dodger and Me

Paperback | March 3, 2009

byJordan Sonnenblick

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A boy's imaginary friend is driving him crazy in Dodger and Me, the first installment of a hilarious new series by acclaimed author Jordan Sonnenblick.

What would you do if your best friend was:
1. Imaginary?
2. An oversize blue chimp in surfer shorts? (Potentially embarrassing, but hey, no one else can see him . . . right?)
3. Proposing a plan to help you improve your life?
4. Did we say imaginary?
5. Driving you crazy?!?!

Now you have an idea of what Willie Ryan's life is like when he meets Dodger. It's the beginning of a lot of trouble-and a friendship you'll never forget!

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A boy's imaginary friend is driving him crazy in Dodger and Me, the first installment of a hilarious new series by acclaimed author Jordan Sonnenblick.What would you do if your best friend was: 1. Imaginary? 2. An oversize blue chimp in surfer shorts? (Potentially embarrassing, but hey, no one else can see him . . . right?) ...

Jordan Sonnenblick is the author of the acclaimed teen novels Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie, Notes from the Midnight Driver, and Zen and the Art of Faking It. In addition to being a writer, he's a middle-school English teacher, and would never penalize one of his students for bringing an imaginary friend to school. Jordan lives in Be...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.62 × 5.18 × 0.52 inPublished:March 3, 2009Publisher:Square FishLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312561229

ISBN - 13:9780312561222

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Okay, I was unpopular. But was I so amazingly unpopular that I needed a magical blue chimp for a best friend? Quite possibly. “Me? Are you sure you have the right kid?”      “If you’re Willie Ryan, of Seven Lamplighter Lane, I have the right kid. And I have been waiting for you here for, like, a really long time. . . .”     “Why would you wait for me? Why would you want me for a best friend?” As I said this, I couldn’t help wondering, Isn’t there, like, a lonely blue surfer chimp somewhere that needs a buddy more than I do?     “You’re the one, Willie. I know you are. Didn’t your best friend just leave you?”     “Uh, well, my friend Tim moved to—”     “Right, see? My best friend left me too. And aren’t you a really special guy who just needs a chance?”     “Well—”     “Me, too. And don’t you like bananas?”     I had to think about that one for a minute. “Yes, actually. Now that you mention it, I do like bananas, Dodger.”     “See, Willie? This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

Editorial Reviews

"The humor will draw kids including Dodger's off-the-wall dialogue and the outlandish predicaments that result when he decides to 'help.' The story grows increasingly engaging as Willie starts moving toward what he really wants." -Booklist"Baseball fans will enjoy this novel." -School Library Journal"It is roll on the floor funny with several nice messages tucked in for good measure." -Brenda Kahn, Librarian, Haworth Public School (NJ)