Double-Click for Trouble
By Chris Woodworth
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374309879, 176pp.)
Publication Date: May 27, 2008
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Eddie McCall is a good kid. He does his homework, picks up around the house, and cooks dinner for his single mom when she has to work late at a Chicago hotel. Then Eddie’s best friend, Whip, shows him a printout from the Internet— a picture of an honest-to-gosh naked woman—and suddenly Eddie can’t seem to think about anything else. He knows his mom will be upset if she sees the sites he’s visiting. Still, he doesn’t expect her to ship him off to her hometown of Sheldon, Indiana, to live with his great-uncle Peavey for an entire month. Peavey isn’t exactly the father figure thirteen-year-old Eddie’s been looking for. He spits tobacco juice into a can, calls a toilet a “commode,” and certainly doesn’t own a computer.
As it turns out, however, both Peavey McCall and Sheldon, Indiana, hold some very surprising secrets . . .
The author captures two worlds in this tender and funny look at a boy learning what it really means to be a man.
CHRIS WOODWORTH’s debut novel, When Ratboy Lived Next Door, was hailed by School Library Journal as “an outstanding offering from a first-time author.” Her second novel, Georgie’s Moon, was selected a Best Book of Indiana–Children’s Literature. She lives in Indiana with her husband and their two children.
“Woodworth perfectly captures an eighth-grade boy on the cusp of adolescence, struggling with his identity as he learns about himself, his family, and what is really important in relationships.” —School Library Journal"Woodworth leavens her simply written story with well-drawn characters and quiet wisdom, making this a good choice for discussion groups. Parents, too, might learn from Eddie's single mother and her determination to assert parental control over her son's use of the Internet." —Kirkus Reviews
“Solid storytelling and well-developed characters round out this familiar tale of new insights gained through clean country living and intergenerational relationships.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books"Readers will find themselves unable to put Double-Click for Trouble down. . . . Very highly recommended." —Young Adult Books Central