Slob by Ellen Potter is a delightful yet thought-provoking realistic fiction book that is full of surprises. Take the cover, for example. When I first saw the title and the cookie, I assumed that this novel would be about the trials and tribulations of an overweight adolescent. And it is. But is much more than that, too. Yes, Owen Birnbaum suffers through teasing at school, and someone is stealing the Oreos from his lunch. But he is also a creative and dedicated inventor, who scours the local junkyards for components for his devices. Lately, Owen has a mission–to perfect a device that will let him see into the past. Because he MUST look back on something that happened two years ago.
Here’s an example of my reaction to just one of Slob‘s surprises, and I was lucky enough to get a tweet back from Ellen Potter, herself.
And that’s not all, of course. But I won’t spoil the motivation for Owen’s invention for you. You’ll have to read and find out for yourself.
Other 2015 Rebecca Caudill Reading Roundup Posts
- A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
- Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald
- Dogs on Duty by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
- Unstoppable by Tim Green
- Chuck Close: Face Book by Chuck Close
- The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
- Almost Home by Joan Bauer
- Bomb by Steve Sheinkin
- Never Say Die by Will Hobbs
- Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow
- Ungifted by Gordon Korman
- Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
- The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
- A Diamond in the Desert by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
- Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
- One for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly Hunt
- The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby
- Legend by Marie Lu