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Ansonia Public Library J. DEFELICE, CYNTHIA (Text to phone) 34045126320469 Juvenile Paperback Available -
Jonathan Trumbull Library - Lebanon J FIC DEFELICE (Text to phone) 33430138239694 Juvenile Fiction Available -

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"A middle-grade summer adventure about two boys who build an awesome fort and tangle with two older bullies"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Best friends > Juvenile fiction.
Friendship > Juvenile fiction.
Bullying > Juvenile fiction.
Summer > Juvenile fiction.
Great-aunts > Juvenile fiction.
Great-uncles > Juvenile fiction.
Best friends > Fiction.

Syndetic Solutions - BookList Review for ISBN Number 125007973X
Fort
Fort
by DeFelice, Cynthia
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Wyatt and Augie's friendship is strong despite the fact that they only see each other in the summer. This particular summer, Wyatt's eleventh, is told as a flashback in the What I Did on My Summer Vacation essay that he has no intention of showing to a teacher. The two boys spend their summer in upstate New York (Wyatt comes just for the season; Augie lives there year-round) the way summers are meant to be spent: fishing, hunting, and, above all, camping out in a fort they built themselves. They have a few troubles with bullies, but when those bullies target Gerard, a mentally disabled kid in the neighborhood, it's time to turn the tables. Stuffed full of clever pranks and summertime nostalgia, this is a story of kindness and adventure, and a rare breed in the middle-grade canon that doesn't rely on cheap humor to hold attention. A boisterous and poignant coming-of-age tale.--Reagan, Maggie Copyright 2015 Booklist

Syndetic Solutions - School Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 125007973X
Fort
Fort
by DeFelice, Cynthia
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Gr 4-7-Two best friends build a fort in the woods and defend it from bullies in this fun, old-fashioned story that manages to be fresh and familiar. Wyatt is enjoying the freedom of a summer with his dad in upstate New York. His friend Augie lives there year-round and has many useful skills that include killing squirrels with a slingshot and cooking them over a fire. There are the expected bullies, two older boys named J.R. and Morrie, and an unexpected friend named Gerard, a socially isolated teenager with developmental disabilities. The two friends spend rapturous days building their fort, looking at a car company's girlie calendar, and other country-boy activities unimpeded by smartphones or YouTube, since Wyatt's father doesn't want him plugged into a screen all day. In a low-stakes climax, the two bullies try to destroy the boys' fort but are foiled by an ingenious series of booby-traps. The moral center of the novel revolves around Wyatt and Augie discovering how J.R. and Morrie are mistreating Gerard and how after some hesitation, they find in him a valuable ally. There is a touch of burgeoning sexuality, mostly as Wyatt notices and appreciates Augie's aunt's figure, but otherwise the tone of the novel is remarkably innocent without being cloying or unrealistic. There is a good balance of action and description and well-developed characters, though the bullies are a tad two-dimensional. VERDICT A boy-centered adventure with heart, appealing to a variety of readers.-Kyle Lukoff, Corlears School, New York City (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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by DeFelice, Cynthia
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Three pairs of buddies are the principal players in DeFelice's straightforward story: 11-year-old Wyatt and his summer pal Augie, Augie's Uncle Heindel and auto-parts-shop/junkyard owner Al, and older bullies J.R. and Morrie. City boy Wyatt spends summers in upstate New York with his father, whose college teaching schedule keeps him conveniently on the sidelines, giving Wyatt and Augie plenty of time for biking, fishing, hunting squirrels, and exploring the woods, where they build a fort using materials from Al's junkyard. Protecting the fort soon becomes a challenge: is it a local mentally disabled teenager or J.R. and Morrie who are vandalizing it? DeFelice (Wild Life) smoothly advances the plot to a satisfying climax and conclusion, while engagingly developing the relationship between Wyatt, Augie, and the older men, whose low-key support provides just the right amount of guidance for this adventuresome, good-hearted, but never goody-goody pair. Wyatt is a sympathetic narrator with a realistic blend of thoughtfulness and daring; DeFelice's secondary characters are well developed and add pleasing dimension to this summer tale. Ages 8-12. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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