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Dunces Anonymous

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Josh Johnson's mother wants him to run for class president. Josh just wants to run and hide. If only there were a club to help downtrodden eleven-year-olds escape their parents' ambitions! But since no such club exists, Josh has to invent one -- he calls it Dunces Anonymous, and before he knows it, the membership is up to three. Magnolia and Wang help Josh lose the school presidential election, but that's just the beginning of the club's activities. Magnolia, pressured by her mom into trying out for the role of Juliet in the school's play, finds herself fending off the advances of an overly amorous Romeo. Wang's father has forced him to join the school chess club, but Wang desperately wants to take fencing lessons instead. As the three friends try to free Magnolia from the school play, liberate Wang from the chess club and get rid of horrible Stacey Hogarth, who has vowed to become the new president of Dunces Anonymous, they realize that they all have talents -- if only their parents could see them.
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c a t h e r i n e a u s t e n WalkingBackward Kate Jaimet
“Flunkers of the world unite!” T I MWY N N E  J O N ES
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Kate Jaimet
Text copyright ©2009Kate Jaimet
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted inany form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system now known or to be invented, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Jaimet, Kate, 1969 Dunces anonymous / written by Kate Jaimet.
ISBN 9781554690978
I. Title. PS8619.A368D86 2009 jC813’.6 C20099033518
First published in the United States,2009Library of Congress Control Number:2009929364
Summary: Josh forms a club to help kids whose parents have unrealistic expectations of them and, in the process, learns what it really means to be a leader.
Orca Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support for its publishing programs provided by the following agencies: the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program and the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit. Design by Teresa Bubela Cover image by Dreamstime Author photo by Mark Purves
Orca Book Publishers PO Box 5626, Stn. B Victoria, BC Canada V8R 6S4
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www.orcabook.com Printed and bound in Canada. Printed on 100% PCW recycled paper.
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