Word Nerd

Word Nerd

Book - 2008
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When some bullies at his new school almost kill him by slipping a peanut into his sandwich, friendless nerd Ambrose, forced to be home-schooled by his overprotective mother, coerces his neighbor Cosmo into taking him to the West Side Scrabble Club, where people accept him for who he is.
Publisher: Toronto : Tundra Books, c2008
ISBN: 9780887768750
088776875X
Branch Call Number: JFICTION Nielsen-Fernlund
Characteristics: 248 p. ; 21 cm

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undereli
Nov 26, 2015

This is a page turner. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole story. We're dealing with real people with real problems, and not much sugar coating. I'd recommend this for anyone looking for a good read.

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 25, 2015

Nielsen’s book is a terrific one and a solid readalike for the Joey Pigza series by Jack Gantos (for younger readers) or for Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (for the older set). All of these stories deal with young people managing serious issues with humor and heart.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/word_nerd_neilsen

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Amal2000
Aug 21, 2014

"Word Nerd", by Susin Nielson is just how I expected this fantastic author to write it ; emotional, crazy and relatable. The book centers around Ambrose, who struggles to find himself and truly be his own person. Ever since his father died, he's always been moving schools, losing friends, the usual. However, when he meets Cosmo, the teenage ex-criminal boy from upstairs, he realizes that they might have more in common than he thought. Throughout the book, Ambrose and Cosmo are pulled through several adventures. Tears are shed, fights are fought and things are said; but the book leaves you with a satisfying ending that leaves you wanting more.
Word Nerd is a book that leaves you thinking. The reader’s mindset grows throughout the novel as the characters do. Susin Nielson's books pull at your heartstrings and leave you feeling different after finishing them. The dialogue and plotline is very down-to-earth and sets a real-life atmosphere for the reader. The situations are realistic and they introduce something that every teen or young adult can relate to easily. The book has a heartwarming message and is written well, so it's relatable to any 12 to 16 year old. Even though it's a short book, it's a fun read and I'd love to read it again. I'd recommend this book to any 12 to 16 year old who wants a quick read, complete with lots of humour, a great moral and interesting references throughout the book that just make you love it even more.

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MoonRiver5301
Aug 08, 2014

I loved this book! Nielsen is an amazing author.

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kesha1123
Sep 16, 2013

Truly enjoyable tale about acceptance and standing up for yourself. There were several laugh out loud moments. Ambrose appears to be destined for "loserville" until an unlikely father figure comes to his aid.

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Laurkew
Feb 26, 2013

What could Ambrose, an overprotected and obnoxious seventh grader, possibly have in common with Cosmo, the ex-con living in the upstairs apartment? Why, they?re both Scrabble aficionados, of course! A humorous coming-of-age narrative that offers thoughtful writing and sound character development.

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linlinlin123
Dec 18, 2012

This book is very heart touching whenever something goes wrong. I highly recommend this book :) It also allows the reader to keep concentrating on the book. Soon you will find yourself finishing the book and groaning god I wanna read more :P

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Bryanne_Lane
Jun 07, 2012

This story was hilarious!! Although sad at some events, it was awesome!

hungergames007 Feb 22, 2012

I know this is a old book, but when I read it I thougt it was sad how the bullys put penuts in his sandwhich when he was allergic to it. But what got be was that when i Read deat george clooney, I found out that the author wrote the book WORD NERD!! so i thought she is a really good author. So anyone who has read Dear george clooney, just think that she also wrote WORD NERD!!! So look for a copy and read it, youll like it!!!

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adriannaliang
Dec 16, 2011

I read one page of this book from my friend and can't get enough of it!!! :P

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