Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375832758, 208pp.
Publication Date: October 10, 2006
Franklin Delano Donuthead, star of Sue Stauffacher's Donuthead, is back and life continues to throw him lots of curveballs: he's now in sixth grade which means it's time for middle school, with all of its related terrors. He has to avoid whipping pony tails in the hallways, he's forced to use school bathrooms, with eighth graders, his life science teacher makes him blush like a tomato, his beloved Glynnis Powell may be moving ahead of him socially, his mother has a boyfriend, and his unlikely best friend, Sarah Kervick, once again needs more help than he thinks he can manage on his own. But thanks to his tough but kindhearted mother, the tough but kindhearted Gloria Nelots, and a little growing self-awareness, Franklin manages what it takes to pull Sarah out of another rough situation.
Sue Stauffacher has crafted another laugh-out-loud middle grade novel about Franklin and Sarah that once again overflows with Franklin's distinctive voice, a touching plot, wholly original characters, and a little Mercurochrome for good measure.
Sue Stauffacher is a professional journalist and has been writing a children's book review column for over ten years. The author lives in Grand Rapids, MI.
“Funny and marvelously humane, it’s a worthy follow-up to [Franklin’s] debut, Donuthead.”–Kirkus Reviews
“[Franklin is] a character readers will like, and his trials are a wry, touching commentary on middle-school survival.”–Booklist
“An invitingly quirky story.”–The Bulletin