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Larger-Than-Life Lara [Hardcover]

By Dandi Daley Mackall (Author)
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Using the writing techniques she has learned in school, fourth-grader Laney relates how an obese girl new to the class changes the lives of those around her, despite being bullied by her peers.

Publishers Description
When Lara Phelps walks into Laney Grafton's fourth-grade class, Laney feels the air change. Lara is fat. Really fat. Finally, there will be someone else for the boys to pick on, Laney thinks. But as the class prepares for the school play, Lara doesn't act the way a fat kid should. She's confident. She's happy. And nothing, it seems, can change her positive attitude. Until one day, when Laney's classmates do the unthinkable.

Bestselling author Dandi Daley Mackall tells this original and poignant story through the use of sparkling language, a winsome narrator, and a clever structure that illustrates just what makes a story a story.

Awards and Recognitions
Larger-Than-Life Lara by Dandi Daley Mackall has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • William Allen White Childens Book Award - 2009 Nominee - Grades 3-5 category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Larger-Than-Life Lara by Dandi Daley Mackall has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2007 page 77
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 07/15/2006 page 726
  • Booklist - 08/01/2006 page 78
  • School Library Journal - 09/01/2006 page 212
  • Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks - 10/01/2006 page 82

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Dutton Juvenile
Pages   151
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.65" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 17, 2006
Publisher   Penguin Group USA
Age  9-12
ISBN  0525477268  
ISBN13  9780525477266  

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More About Dandi Daley Mackall

Dandi Daley Mackall Dandi Daley Mackall is theauthor of numerous books for children, includingLarger-Than-Life Lara. She lives in West Salem, Ohio, with her husband and their three children.

Dandi Daley Mackall currently resides in West Salem, in the state of Ohio.

Dandi Daley Mackall has published or released items in the following series...
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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Issues > Bullies
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Issues > Prejudice & Racism > Fiction
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Situations > Peer Pressure
5Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12
6Books > Subjects > Children > Literature
7Books > Subjects > Teens > Religion & Spirituality > General

Reviews - What do customers think about Larger-Than-Life Lara?

Fat Lara Big Smile  Jun 1, 2007
Lara came in one day, and every-one started to giggle and stare. She was HUGE, very fat. So the kids started to call her Larger-Than-Life Lara. When a boy passed her a very mean note, Lara didn't say, "teacher, teacher! That boy just handed me a mean note!" The boy was about to go to the princibal's office for it, but Lara stopped her teacher and said a beautiful, nice poem about the boy and sat down. Now everyone would have tattled on them, and been glad they were at the princabals office. But not Lara. She memorized all of her lines for the play Fair Day by poems. She divided them up. Then, at the time of the play, the boy who had passed her the mean note splashed water balloons,and card-board pigs on her. Lara was about to cry, but then she smiled. While in the prinibals office with her parents, lara did not tell on who did that trich, even though she knew very well who did it. She left school that day, because her parents said that the kids here were too awful to lara. But then, as they were pulling out, every-one ran out with a sign, that said something nice about her, a poem. But the narrerator just said "THANKS" on her sign, but that was O.K for Larger than Life Lara. Lara was always smiling, no matter the situation. When we went to the book store, I picked up the book, and started reading! I couldn't stop, even when my brother started to bug me! I refused to leave before the book was finsihed. My parents said, "Time to Go," I never moved from my chair, and rthey said it 3 more times, but I never moved! Finally they just gave up and let me read until it was all done! I am sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo glad I stayed! It was worth it!
A Magical Story  Sep 8, 2006
There are not enough superlatives for this one. I read a Kirkus review that totally "got it" regarding the instructions for writing a book which are interwoven into the plot. Kirkus said, "Her explanation of how to write a book is just as interesting as the events that she's describing. Best of all, none of this detracts from the novel's emotional core." Absolutely true.

This book is simply magical. Although for children, my husband and I read it aloud with not a kid in sight and thoroughly enjoyed it. Bravo!
An amazing read, a story within a story  Sep 5, 2006
With a voice reminiscent of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, a young girl attempts to tell the story of a classmate who changed the life of everyone she met. And in the telling, the narrator reveals her own tough life and the ray of hope she's shown. Every student should read this book for the poignant compassion, and every writing and language arts teacher should teach this book. It wasn't until I finished the story that I realized I'd learned how to tell, or write, a story. But it's all there. As soon as you finish this book, you'll want to read it again.

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