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Rent-a-Genius (Young Puffin Story Books) [Paperback]

Gillian Cross
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27 May 1999 Young Puffin Story Books
Sophy's family has had enough of her helpful hints and her mother tells her to find someone who really needs help. So Sophy sets up as a rent-a-genius. Customers flock in, desperate for advice about mud and grandmothers, friends and tomatoes - but soon there are too many problems.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New edition edition (27 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140361308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140361308
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gillian Cross has been writing children's books for over thirty years. Before that, she took English degrees at Oxford and Sussex Universities, and she has had various jobs including working in a village bakery and being an assistant to a Member of Parliament. She is married with four children and lives in Dorset. Her hobbies include orienteering and playing the piano. She won the Carnegie Medal for Wolf and the Smarties Prize and the Whitbread Children's Novel Award for The Great Elephant Chase.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Want help? Ask Sophy! 28 Jan 2002
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I thought that this book was for younger children then me. (I am right know 10-years-old, fifth grade) But I enjoyed this book a lot. I usually don't read books often but after reading this book, I now love reading!
This is a book about a girl called Sophy. She likes helping people but her family doesn't want her to be this helpful. In fact they think she is a nuisance. For example, one day when she gets home from school her dad was making something in the kitchen with a mixer. Some how the way that her dad was holding the mixer was strange. So in any minute Sophy knew that the food her dad was making would splatter all over the kitchen. So she told him that it was dangerous to hold a mixer like he was. Unfortunately it wasn't such a good thing to tell him that in quite along sentence because, while she was telling him, her dad forgot to keep an eye on his food he was mixing. Then, SPLAT!!! The kitchen was filled with food bits. Of course Sophy was the one scolded at. She went up miserably to her room upstairs. As soon as she got to the second floor she heard a loud screeching voice from her older brothers room. It was the stupid old argument her brother and her mom always have. All about my brother's dirty clothes scattered on the floor. Stupid old situation, who is going to pick them up and wash them. There were no volunteers. So Sophy just did the job. As soon as she came back there were four eyes staring at her. She knew what they were going to say, "He was supposed to wash them!" her mom said, "No, you were supposed to!" her brother replied " Go back to your room and mind your own business!" Her mom yelled. Sophy was totally fed up. If she can't help her family then she should help someone who really needs help. "I'm going to call this service... RENT-A-GENIUS!"
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