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A sizzling young adult novel about Chad, a teenager living near the New Jersey boardwalk who becomes obsessed with the Bozo---the clown who sits above a tank of water, taunting people until they pay a couple of bucks to try to dunk him. But even as he tries to master the slashing humor of the Bozo, Chad finds he also needs to learn humor's healing power if he is to help his best friend recover from a serious illness. Emotionally rich, filled with fascinating detail about life on the Boardwalk, this is David Lubar's breakthrough novel.




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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.92" Width: 6.38" Height: 1.14"
Weight:   0.49 lbs.
Binding  Audio Cassette
Release Date   Mar 6, 2003
Publisher   Full Cast Audio
ISBN  1932076077  
ISBN13  9781932076073  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David Lubar is the author of many popular novels for young readers, including Hidden Talents and Dunk. He has also published many short stories in young adult anthologies. He lives in Pennsylvania.

David Lubar currently resides in the state of Pennsylvania.

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DUNK  Mar 5, 2008
I first learned of this book when a former student of mine e-mailed me one day last year and asked if I had read DUNK. I hadn't, but he suggested it to me because, in reading it, he had come to the realization that the character of Malcolm reminded him very much of me.

Malcolm, the Bozo in the dunk tank on the Boardwalk at the Jersey shore, was a comedy-loving drama teacher who made some money in the summer with an odd, but challenging acting job. I am a comedy-loving drama (and English) teacher who sometimes makes money from the occasional acting job, as well. I even share a physical resemblance to Malcolm.

Though Malcolm is not the protagonist of David Lubar's book, he figures prominently in DUNK as the motivator for Chad, a 15-year-old who needs to find his focus in life.

A love-letter to the art and value of comedy, DUNK clearly understands its marks (to use an appropriate word from the book) -- young adults who can relate to the problems, desires and angst of a 15-year-old like Chad.

Having just finished the book, I can report that it serves its customers well, but, like the dunk tank at the core of this story, it's not for everyone. I really wished that Lubar had not chosen to tell this not from the first-person viewpoint of Chad, but rather from the omniscient third-person. I think that Chad's lack of ability to properly articulate his feelings, surroundings and conditions prevents DUNK from being a beautiful piece that reveals gorgeous, poetic details of the Americana of boardwalk life, as well as being able to use more elegant language to bring every aspect of this book to life.

I also found that by putting Comedy (with a capital "C") on a pedestal, Lubar's humor would have been funnier. I found his appreciation of the art form admirable, but his actual use of it limited.

As is the nature of YA books, plotting sometimes becomes predictable and stereotypical, and DUNK does not escape this problem. The seriously ill friend, the local teenage "wiseguy," the over-burdened mom, and the red-headed object of Chad's eye end up exactly where you expect them to -- and you can probably guess what that is, even with my simple descriptions. There are no surprises here; everything is pretty much what you'd expect.

With so many excellent YA novels out there, as palatable as DUNK is, it doesn't quite win the big prize.
 
Gavin's Reveiw  Jan 24, 2007


Ah, it is summer again, a time and place when the best things can happen to you. No school, no teachers and best of all, a time to do what you want. The best? Not for quiet, witty, and friendly Chad. His life seems like it is deep under water in David Lubar's Dunk. Do not be fooled by the name or the blurb of the story because once you get into Dunk, It will feel as if the book was almost super glued to the hands your reading with. Chad's sarcasm and plain old wit will make you laugh so hard you will start to have pains in your sides. Most humorous books do not have much of a true message. This book has a much better message than other thoughtful tales.

Chad's life is all washed up in the story when Malcolm, the man who has the job he wants, moves into his house. One of Chad's closest and only friends, Jason, has a terrible disease that is killing him. To top it off the love of his life, Gwen, who he finally had the guts to ask out is dating a drug dealer. Dunk is an emotional roller coaster you do not want to miss.

Dunk's sense of what life is about is what makes this book so incredible. It really tells the reader know how life is definitely not a walk in the park. There are similar qualities between Dunk and Be more chill. Both books explore the real thoughts of a teen and how the things that happen can get the best of us. If you thought Be more chill was amazing, then you will be drenched with on going thoughts while enjoying Dunk. Dunk's message is, no matter how cruddy or bad your life is, appreciate the things you have, and remember only you can change it. It's really all in your own hands.

With laughs, love and a meaning of life, Dunk will flood you with loving thoughts.
 
Dunk By: David Lubar  Nov 2, 2006
Robert Dias Mod 2
Book Review

Dunk is about Chad who is a kid that wants to be the bozo in the dunk tank on the Boardwalk. The real bozo is a guy named Malcolm who helps Chad threw out the book even though Chad hates him. Towards the end of the book Malcolm and Chad become good friends, and Chad gets to be the bozo.
My favorite part of the book is when Chad becomes the bozo. He finally gets his chance to get in the tank and let loose at all of the people. When he gets into the tank he freezes and doesn't say anything. Then Malcolm tells him to be bozo and not his self. Then he starts to be a good bozo and attracts a lot of people and he has a lot of fun.
I recommend this book for many reasons. This is more of a guy book. I would also recommend it to people who like suspense. Also I would recommend this to people who like comedy. Overall Dunk was a very good book for the most part. In some parts of this book it started to boring, but keep reading because it just gets better.
 
Dunk By: David Lubar  Nov 2, 2006
Robert Dias Mod 2
Book Review

Dunk is about Chad who is a kid that wants to be the bozo in the dunk tank on the Boardwalk. The real bozo is a guy named Malcolm who helps Chad threw out the book even though Chad hates him. Towards the end of the book Malcolm and Chad become good friends, and Chad gets to be the bozo.
My favorite part of the book is when Chad becomes the bozo. He finally gets his chance to get in the tank and let loose at all of the people. When he gets into the tank he freezes and doesn't say anything. Then Malcolm tells him to be bozo and not his self. Then he starts to be a good bozo and attracts a lot of people and he has a lot of fun.
I recommend this book for many reasons. This is more of a guy book. I would also recommend it to people who like suspense. Also I would recommend this to people who like comedy. Overall Dunk was a very good book for the most part. In some parts of this book it started to boring, but keep reading because it just gets better.
 
Awesome on audio  Aug 20, 2006
I listened to this book performed by Full-Cast Audio. The actors were fantastic, especially Malcolm!
 

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