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The Schernoff Discoveries [Paperback]

By Gary Paulsen (Author)
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Item description for The Schernoff Discoveries by Gary Paulsen...

Harold and his best friend, both hopeless geeks and societal misfits, try to survive unusual science experiments, the attacks of the football team, and other dangers of junior high school

Publishers Description
Harold Schernoff, 14-year-old science whiz and social nerd, has a theory for every problem, from dating, to bullies, to making money, to sports, to how to buy a car when you're underage. When he and his buddy team up to put his theories to the test, nothing goes according to plan. A ski lesson becomes: Mass x Acceleration x Slope of hill = eeeAAGGHHH. As for first dates, only Harold could mastermind such disaster. Only Harold could go fishing and get caught by the fish. And only Gary Paulsen could write such a wonderfully funny story of friendship.
GARY PAULSEN is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, His most recent books are Mudshark, Lawn Boy, Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day, The Time Hackers, and The Amazing Life of Birds (The Twenty Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech).

Awards and Recognitions
The Schernoff Discoveries by Gary Paulsen has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Young Hoosier Book Award - 2001 Nominee - Grades 6-8 category

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Schernoff Discoveries by Gary Paulsen has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2009 page 970
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2000 page 521
  • Publishers Weekly - 07/20/1998
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2005 page 692

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Yearling
Pages   103
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 6, 1998
Publisher   Yearling
Age  10-14
ISBN  0440414636  
ISBN13  9780440414636  
UPC  071009004504  

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More About Gary Paulsen

Gary Paulsen Gary Paulsen is one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young readers. He has written more than one hundred book for adults and young readers, and is the author of three Newbery Honor titles: Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. He divides his time among Alaska, New Mexico, Minnesota, and the Pacific.

Born May 17, 1939, Gary Paulsen is one of America's most popular writers for young people. Although he was never a dedicated student, Paulsen developed a passion for reading at an early age. After a librarian gave him a book to read — along with his own library card — he was hooked. He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another.

Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adventure. A youthful summer of rigorous chores on a farm; jobs as an engineer, construction worker, ranch hand, truck driver, and sailor; and two rounds of the 1,180-mile Alaskan dog sled race, the Iditarod; have provided ample material from which he creates his powerful stories.

Paulsen's realization that he would become a writer came suddenly when he was working as a satellite technician for an aerospace firm in California. One night he walked off the job, never to return. He spent the next year in Hollywood as a magazine proofreader, working on his own writing every night. Then he left California and drove to northern Minnesota where he rented a cabin on a lake; by the end of the winter, he had completed his first novel.

Living in the remote Minnesota woods, Paulsen eventually turned to the sport of dog racing, and entered the 1983 Iditarod. In 1985, after running the Iditarod for the second time, he suffered an attack of angina and was forced to give up his dogs. "I started to focus on writing the same energies and efforts that I was using with dogs. So we're talking 18-, 19-, 20-hour days completely committed to work. Totally, viciously, obsessively committed to work, the way I'd run dogs....I still work that way, completely, all the time. I just work. I don't drink, I don't fool around, I'm just this way....The end result is there's a lot of books out there."

It is Paulsen's overwhelming belief in young people that drives him to write. His intense desire to tap deeply into the human spirit and to encourage readers to observe and care about the world around them has brought him both enormous popularity with young people and critical acclaim from the children's book community. Paulsen is a master storyteller who has written more than 175 books and some 200 articles and short stories for children and adults. He is one of the most important writers of young adult literature today and three of his novels — Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room — were Newbery Honor Books. His books frequently appear on the best books lists of the American Library Association.

Paulsen has received many letters from readers (as many as 200 a day) telling him they felt Brian Robeson's story in Hatchet was left unfinished by his early rescue, before the winter came and made things really tough. They wanted to know what would happen if Brian were not rescued, if he had to survive in the winter. Paulsen says, "Since my life has been one of survival in winter — running two Iditarods, hunting and trapping as a boy and young man — the challenge became interesting, and so I researched and wrote Brian's Winter, showing what could and perhaps would have happened had Brian not been rescued."

Paulsen and his wife, Ruth Wright Paulsen, an artist who has illustrated several of his books, divide their time between a home in New Mexico and a boat in the Pacific.

Gary Paulsen currently resides in the state of New Mexico.

Gary Paulsen has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Aladdin Classics
  2. Francis Tucket Books
  3. Gary Paulsen World of Adventure (Paperback)
  4. Tucket Adventures (Paperback)
  5. Tucket Adventures (Pb)

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( P ) > Paulsen, Gary
3Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Humorous
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Situations > Friendship > Fiction
5Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Situations > Self-Esteem & Self-Respect > Fiction
6Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12
7Books > Subjects > Teens > Authors, A-Z > ( P ) > Paulsen, Gary
8Books > Subjects > Teens > Social Issues > General
9Books > Subjects > Teens > Social Issues

Reviews - What do customers think about The Schernoff Discoveries?

Simple Story of Friendship  Jul 4, 2007
Harold Schernoff is a fourteen-year-old genius and outcast. He only has one friend, the narrator of this book and fellow outcast. Together these two teenagers investigate the world around them. Harold tries his hand at electricity and nearly electrocutes himself. The two boys set pins at a bowling alley, retrieve golf balls for money and try to learn to ski--most adventures leading to some sort of disaster.

The most important things in the lives of these two teens, though, are avoiding the bullies that plague their lives and trying to get close to the girls in their class who never seem to want to talk to them.

This is an entertaining story of being young and awkward, and of a tight friendship that helps to make the lives of these two teenagers more bearable.

I liked the lighthearted nature of this book. Everything was presented in a way that made it amusing rather than sad, as it could have been. I also liked that in some ways Harold and the narrator were able to get their revenge and to eventually get close to the girls they liked.

However, this book was pretty simplistic and seems to have been written for an audience much younger than the ages of the main characters. I don't think it would keep the attention of a middle-schooler.
school nerd  Nov 16, 2006
This book written by Gary Paulson is a below average comedy. The book is about two fourteen year old boys trying to earn their way out of geekhood and into the status of being cool. That is very hard when one of the boys, Gary, has alcoholic parents, and the other boy, Harold, is a strait A+ student who learns everything (including how to kiss) from a book. They go through everything from picking a fight with a bully, to buying a car while under aged at the age of fourteen. My favorite part was when they tried to learn how to ski. Harold tried to use his butt to slow down. All in all I give this book 3 out of 10 (one and a half stars) because it wasn't a book you could get into and "never want to put down".
the Schernoff Discoveries  Mar 31, 2006
I read a book called "The Schernoff Discoveries" written by Gary Paulsen-the best author, who makes the greatest story of all times like "Hatchet"-which is a book and included in his children series. It is one of the funniest books that I ever read in my life. If you are like me, meaning you hate to read and love funny things, you should read this enjoyable short one-hundred and nine page book. The book is about these two teenage boys, two teenage geeky boys, and one of the teenage boys talks about his with his friendship and experience with his determined friend Harold Schernoff-who is very intelligent and tries all of these crazy experiments-on things such as girls, outdoors and etcetera. This book was interested me because it was short, funny, had numerous sorts of imagery, and was a grand adventure, and most of all; it was very easy to understand and also I can compare it to myself. So next time you go to the library or go to the bookstore make sure you grab The Schernoff Discoveries because just like it did to me; it will take you on a grand adventure.
Geek Dicoveries  Dec 17, 2004
1. In this book there was about five different chapters/discoveries and they were all kind of hard to get interested in.
2. This book when I got finished with it I was kind of like happy that it was over. Sorry, Gary but this book wasn't very good.
3. This book was a book that was mainly for the less popular people, (science freaks mainly) one part was how to get girls to like you, I thought if you can't get a girl to like you without you being yourself you shouldn't get one.
4. The reason why I gave this book only three stars was because it was really hard to get into it.
Hilarious Harry  Mar 12, 2004
The Schernoff Discoveries is a quick moving, funny book about friendship. The story takes place in Minnesota, in two small towns called Hilard and Peat roughly 10 years ago. Gary tells the story about different hilarious challenges two good friends faced at fourteen years of age and what became of them.
I like The Schernoff Discoveries because it is about what happens in school and includes important issues like friendship and dealing with peer pressure. The main characters are Harold and Gary. They are two kids from different sides of the tracks. Harold is smart and daring; Gary is cautious and not so smart. One good example of Harold being daring and Gary being cautious, Harold decided that they needed to go skiing, because girls liked skiers. Harold read in a book on how, even though Gary was against this idea, he went along anyways. They should have listened to Gary. They enjoy school and like girls a lot. They figured out a way to change their schedules so that they would be the only boys in the Home Economics classroom full of girls. This worked for them because they could get to know the girls without competition or insults from other boys. On the downside, the boys were picked on for being the only boys in the room, especially by the football team. With the help of the Home Economics class, the girls and Harold were able to get even with the football team. They enjoy each other's friendship and play jokes on each other, even though others around them make fun of them calling them "geeks" and "nerds".
The story is very funny because during the story Gary talks about things he and Harold have done in the past. Gary is the one telling the story because Harold is the one who is always coming up with ideas for new ways to make money. Harold decided one day that they needed a car. It didn't matter that they weren't old enough to drive. Harold discovered a way for them to make a lot of money at a golf course, which they later used the money to buy the perfect car for a fourteen year old. All through the story Harold helps Gary with bullies and school by playing tricks on the bullies. Gary looks up to Harold because he is smarter than Gary. Gary comments, "Harold is good at everything, except fishing." Harold would try anything he had never tried before, but he would visit the library first. He had never tried fishing and decided he wanted to. He figured that Gary could teach him. Harold came equipped for a major fishing tournament; Gary came with string, hook and worms. This turned into a learning experience; Harold was able to hook everything, except a fish.
I would recommend this book to 6th and 7th graders because it is more at their reading level. Kids hate reading long books, so they will enjoy this quick paced, funny, short book.
This book showed how two friends could overcome bullying and has fun doing it. I like the way the story is being told in the present and the past. This book helps teenagers to relate with the characters. The things that Harold and Gary had to deal with are what so many kids these days deal with. This story shows kids that, you have to keep your head up and not give into peer pressure. Don't let anyone bully you, but most of all don't be a bully to anyone else. Most of all, that a true friend is a good friend.

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