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Louis Sachar
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2 Jan 2002
Cursed! David was only trying to be cool when he helped some other boys steal an old lady's cane. But when the plan backfires, he is the one whom she 'curses'. Now David can't seem to do anything right. The cool kids taunt him and his only friends are weirdos. He even walks into Spanish class with his fly unzipped! And when he finally gets his nerve up to ask out a cute girl, his trousers fall down midway! But is this the curse at work or is David turning into a total loser? This is another witty and very clever tale by the master storyteller Louis Sachar. Other titles in this series are "There's a Boy In The Girl's Bathroom"and "Dogs Don't Tell Jokes".


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747555281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747555285
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,124,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Louis Sachar was born in New York. He was inspired to write children's books after working as a teacher's aide to gain extra credit. After graduation he worked in a sweater warehouse in Connecticut and wrote at night. He was soon fired from that job and moved onto law school where in his first week of study Sideways Stories From Wayside School was published. In 2000 Louis Sacher wrote Holes which became both an instant classic and a film starring Sigourney Weaver. Holes was his first book to be published in the UK and continues to prove popular among younger readers. Once Louis Sachar begins writing a new book he refuses to talk to anyone until it is finished and entry to his office is barred apart from his two dogs. The Cardturner is his new book which publishes in 2010.

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Louis Sachar lives in Austin, Texas, in the USA. His novel HOLES won the Newbery Medal in the US and has been shortlisted for the Children's Book Award in the UK.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. Buy it! 17 Aug 2002
Format:Paperback
This is another amusing book by Louis Sachar that you can't put down. I read it in a day because it's a fantastic read and the storyline is great. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who is starting a Louis Sachar collection, although I preferred There's a Boy In The Girls Bathroom. The Boy Who Lost His Face is about a boy who got dragged into a dare and got cursed, this may sound boring but it has a twist at the end which will leave you fooled and saying 'why didn't I think of that?' Once you have read this review I hope you will buy it and get other books in the Louis Sachar collection.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cursed!!! 11 Mar 2006
Format:Paperback
This is a great book, it is funny and once you start to read it is hard to put the book back down!!! This is another fantastic book from Louis Sachar!!! I am a 12 year old and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I would recommend this book for 10 year olds - 15 year olds. I have now told all my friends to buy this book as it is a great read and describes the life of a child in high school very well!
This book is about a boy who wants to become more popular so he decides to burgle an old lady. After that everything in his life seems to go wrong and he believes he is cursed. But at the end of the book there is a strange, unexpected twist!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not annoyed by the language 28 July 1998
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Format:Paperback
I have enjoyed all the Sachar books. This one ventures into controvesial language and behavior and nervous parents and teachers will worry that children will use this language inappropriately. I read this book to my seven year old and not only did he love it, but he found the discussion of such controversial subjects very thought provoking. There is a lengthy discussion between friends and parents about giving somebody the finger. What it means, how context influences meaning, who is aware or unaware of its meaning. I don't know where else kids are going to find such thoughtful and provocative discussions. Certainly not from parents and teachers. Thank goodness for Louis and his brave publisher. This book connects to kids in a dramatic and moving way, and best of all shows that reading can be a real key into understanding and thinking. Kudos to Sachar!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some bad language, but REALLY funny! 21 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I've always loved Louis Sachar's books, and this one wasn't different. Even though it has some bad language, some kids do talk like that. David has a lifelike problem, and the old lady and the curse add fun to it. I love all the funny things that happen to him, like his pants falling down, or dropping the test tube in science. All the characters are unique and interesting. I would suggest this book to anyone except younger kids. I really liked it!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great from beginning to end. 8 Oct 2003
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Format:Paperback
I still feel that Louis Sachar's best book is "The Boy Who Lost His Face". It really describes what a 7th grader/8th graders life is like very well. Though many people say that the cuss words are the downside...true, they are in a way. But in other ways it shows how realistic the book is. Many parents think that it will inspire kids to curse, but it won't its helping you or your kids to understand that cursing is not the right way to go. And that being cool doesn't matter. I think that this is for kids 12 and up because it tells aboout some things that younger children aren't ready to hear or know yet.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good enough Sachar 23 Sep 2002
Format:Paperback
I've been a devoted reader of Louis Sachar's backlist since I read "Holes". The Boy Who Lost His Face is not Holes and not as good a read as There's a Boy in the Girls Bathroom and Dogs Don't Tell Jokes. There is also language that will prevent me from recommending it to my seven year old who would otherwise enjoy the book. But you can see Louis Sachar developing the lines and twists in the plot that will eventually feature in his best books. Still, it was not put downable and a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Return of Sachar 3 May 2009
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From the genius behind 'Holes' and 'There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom', this is another lighthearted read with a subtle but important message. Great ambiguous title too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! 9 Jun 1998
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Format:Paperback
David is a likeable boy who is always trying to fit in with the rest of his "cool" friends. Although the language is a little harsh in spots, I approve of it tremendously. It is right on the money for junior high students, and they will eat this book up with passion. I loved every minute of it. It is an accurate portrayal of the struggles junior high students must endure every day of their lives. Great Job!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
fun reading for young children
Published 18 days ago by Marilyn Farmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a great book for anyone between the ages of 10 and12. It had a few swear words in it and that is my I'm putting it in that age group. Read more
Published 2 months ago by F. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars So underrated
a heart warming tale of a kid that believes he is cursed but turns out he was just a caring boy.
I defiantly recommend this
Published 3 months ago by Katarios
4.0 out of 5 stars My 11 year old loved it
My son loved this book and couldn't put it down. He does not enjoy reading but the story is catchy and the book easy to read.
Published 3 months ago by Maria Echeverria
4.0 out of 5 stars The boy who lost his face
I think it a good book but I do not like the bit where it says that his birthday was a day off. Why
Published 3 months ago by RC
1.0 out of 5 stars Shocking
This has gone in the bin,some if the language the author uses in a book aimed at children us terrible and also a scenario written is quite weird, this being two of the characters... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Train fan mum
5.0 out of 5 stars F A B
This was a fabulous book which I really enjoyed I would strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to be wowed
Published 5 months ago by Andrew Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book :)
This was a good book that was very easy to read and there is also a good twist at the end that will surprise you. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sophie Guile
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
i love this long eye caching it is fabulous book.
if you biy this you will never regret it.
the best book in the world.
Published 6 months ago by CLAIRE BILL
1.0 out of 5 stars language
good read but too much bad languge with too much lying and it might encourage kid like m to use that language
Published 7 months ago by Xin6344
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