The Waffler

By DONOVAN, Gail

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ISBN
978-0-8037-3920-8
Publisher
Dial


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on October 1, 2013  |  Preschool to Grades 4

Gr 3–5—Decision-making is an agonizing ordeal for Monty Greene, but it does not become the bane of his existence until his new fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Tuttle, decides to accelerate the process for him by branding him with three "decision-aids" (Band-Aids). These are applied to his arm every day for the entire class to see, earning him the derisive nickname, "Waffles." Monty steels himself for the worst school year ever. Reprieve ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on August 1, 2013

Fourth grader Monty (short for Montana) seems to be the only one in his family who's paralyzed by indecision. His twin sister, Sierra, is a go-getter; Mom and Dad, amicably divorced, are both remarried and distracted by the challenges of keeping track of the blended family members' various schedules. At school Monty is dubbed "The Waffler" by the principal, and he gets in trouble with h...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on September 1, 2013

An engaging novel with convincing, contemporary portrayals of both school and home environments. Gail Donovan authentically narrates the inner thoughts of fourth-grader Monty: “It was like a grown-up counting: One . . . two . . . They didn’t really want to get to three. They just wanted you to do whatever it was they wanted.” Readers may identify with Monty’s family situation. Monty’s parents are divorced and have shared custody. Both parents have ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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