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  • Paperback: 147 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (23 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142406546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142406540
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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The author has a sympathetic eye for the ups and downs of her characters and a quick ear for adolescent conversation. (HORN BOOK)

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Everything starts looking up for Marcy when a young, fun, new teacher called Ms Finney comes along. So when Ms Finney is suspended, Marcy has to battle for what she believes in. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Jun. 1999
Format: Hardcover
behind the cover of this book you will find the most inspiaring storie about a girl who has many worries and troubles when suddenly a teacher changes her life. you will love this book and recermend it to your friends. when i saw this book i found the name off putting but behind the cover was a brilliant story. before this i did'nt even like books but once you have read this you never stop reading again.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Jan. 2002
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Like Judy Blume,Paula Danziger also writes excellent books for young people.'The Cat Ate My Gymsuit' may be a deceiving title for it has nothing to do with cats or gymsuits(the title IS taken from the story.)But don't let the title stop you from reading the excellent story inside.This book is great for kids who feel like they don't fit in & really need to identify with someone who has the same feelings.The story is about a teenage girl who's overweight & finally befriends a really nice teacher who's kind to her.Towards the end of the story,this nice teacher is banned from the school(I'm not giving it away,read the book.)Of course this bothers the teenage girl who then does what she can to help bring the teacher back into the school system.Does she have success?Find out when you read the book.If you're an adult(like myself) & want to read a book that reminds of you of how painful adoloscence was,how it felt to be misunderstood,the joy you had when you also once had a very nice teacher-read this book.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A Teenagers Real Life Situation 23 Feb. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I had just read this book a year ago, when I was in seventh grade. I really liked "The Cat ate my Gymsuit". I thought it dealt with a lot of real life problems that most teenagers deal with. It was about a girl in seventh grade named Marcy, who was overweight, had a lot of acne, and had barely any friends. In gym class she made up excuses why she couldn't play gym, because she didn't want to change in front of everyone else, because she thought she was fat. She also hated her dad because he always made fun of her, and makes her mom cry. Until one day at school, their class had a new teacher who turned Marcy's life around. But the other teachers didn't like her teaching method and try to fire her. The students try to fight to save her. This was a really good book. I would read it again if I could. I would also recommend this book to be in classrooms everywhere!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great Book!!!!!!!!! 17 Nov. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This was one of the best books that I have ever read. I had to read this book for a school project and I did not really want to do this book but it was that or some [...]book. So I chose this book. THis book is about girl named Marcy who has the most horrible life that anyone could imagine. Her father is abusive, she is a dork at school. She has had quite a few acne attacks. She is very smart but she hates school because of gymclass because she is very fat and doesnot like changing into her gymsuit. The only good thing is that her best friend is the most popular girl in school but only because thier moms are on the PTA together. That all changes when she gets a teacher named Ms. Finney who makes school fun and makes lfe better for marcy. One day Ms. Finney got suspended for no t sayindg the Pledge of Alligence but only because the principal and everyone else did not like her teaching methods. They dispised her. Because she was weird. The rest is all history and you will have to buy the book from Amazon.com because they have a great price. P.S. The old cover was way better. Where she was sitting on the green porch. Because the book did not have anything to do with a cat. So that was a stupid cover idea.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
One of the best books I've read! 17 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"The Cat ate my gym suit" by Paula Danzinger, was a fabulos book.The book was full of laughter and real events happing today in Amerca. Some parts of the book were a bit exagerated but very true. In the story, a young girl named Marcy Lewis feared she was too fat and ugly to get a boyfriend went on a long rollar coster of events that changed her life. Marcy was having problems at home, hre dad verbally abused both her and her brother. Marcy's mother never defended her in fear that her and her husband may end up in a fight, although she did not aprove of this type of behavior.The only people Marcy felt she had left that she could talk to was her friend Nancy and her younger brother Stuart, until Ms. Barbra Finney, her new English teacher came along. Ms. Finney helped Marcy relize that her life has a perpose and that she shouldn't be afraid to express herself around others. Marcy's new self- confidence not only landed her a boyfriend, named Noel but also a date to the dance. Then when Marcy thought her new found life at school was headed on the right track, the unthinkable happend Ms. Finney was suspended from her work. When Marcy decided to stand up for Ms. Finney her mom was behind her all the way but ofcourse her father was not, which caused friction at home. Marcy too was suspended. Things didn't turn out the way Marcy or Ms. Finney would have like them to, but in the end Marcy used her new knowledge to keep her head up high and not be ashamed, and so he did woth out Ms. Finney. I would recommend this book to a girl my age most definatly or even a teacher whose up for a good laugh and some sad moments. Over all this was an awsome book and i rate it 4 stars!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Every girl who's not Ms. Popularity should read this book! 4 July 2000
By Rebekah Sue Carolla - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read this book over fifteen years ago, and remember it as vividly as yesterday.
Marcy is a well-rounded protagonist, and not just literally. However, as a teenager, she sees herself -- her self-image -- as one of her biggest problems.
There is SO much more to this story than Marcy's grey sweatshirt!
She is lucky enough to not only have a supportive (albeit kinda weak-willed) mother, an adoring little brother, good friends, and a teacher who teaches her about SELF-esteem.
I came across this title when looking for Paula Danziger and hope to find grown-up books by her. If I *can't* find any, though, I will happily reread all the kids' books again. Absolutely delightful -- I would have done well with a Ms. Finney if I'd been so blessed.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The Cat Ate My Gymsuit 29 Mar. 2000
By Tyneisha Evans - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the book to read. It was written by Paula Panziger. the book is about this thirteen year old girl name Marcy, she feels bad and has low self a steem, because her parents tell her she's fat and ugly. Suddendly, things become better for Marcy. Their was this new teacher at Marcy school whose name was Ms. Finney. she was an new English teacher and Marcy and her fellow students thought she was great. She didn't teach, act, or dress like a normal teacher. Ms. Finney only taught stuff she believed in and thought to be true. One morning during the pledge Ms. finney didn't believe in one of the lines so she told the class how she felt. The Principal found out and fired Ms. Finney. All the kids were really angry with their principal Mr. Stone for firing Ms. Finney. They thought she was the best teacher because she made them all feel better about the selfs and all of the things she taught them. The kids decided not to let her go without a fight. If you want to find out what happen to Ms. Finney, you'll have to read the book. "The Cat Ate My Gymsuit" I highly recommend it.
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