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The Very Worst Thing Library Binding – 1 Jun 2003

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Product details

  • Library Binding: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; 1 edition (Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006029812X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060298128
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,925,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Feb. 2004
Format: Hardcover
David is a 12-year-old boy who yearns for a place to belong. He and his older sister, Lily, have been in the foster care system for several years and have contended with major obstacles. Enuretic until the age of 7, David also has trouble in school and he is often bullied.
David's social worker places him in a home in a new town and this proves to be the start of a new phase in his life. After years of making mental lists of what he thinks are the "very worst things" in numerical order, David has some things to add to those lists. He and his sister are separated and he is unhappy in school, where he is placed in a lower a grade. On the plus side, David is placed in a home with a single woman who plainly loves and wants him to be there.
School remains a major issue in David's life. He is regularly attacked by bullies and his one friend is a girl some four years his junior who has been skipped to their grade. Mab, David's newest ally helps him discover his inner strength. When David finds an owl egg, he and Mab raise the owlet together. The pair name the bird "King Arthur" after the legendary king most famous for his valor, wisdom and strength. Indeed, their conversations are round table discussions about the things they feel are important. Mab helps David read her copy of "King Arthur" and it is through this book that the bond between the two strengthens.
An excellent book that will certainly captivate readers of all age. This book is an excellent teaching tool in classrooms and is also a good family book to share. Readers of all ages will find reasons to connect with Mab and David. This book is very inclusive and people from any and all professions can get something out of it.
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Torey Hayden is an amazing author and a true inspiration. Her book is great and children will really be able to relate to the book. I highly recommend it.
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l love her books plus its a shame it,s so old plus thought the ending was very sad and any body who likes these books go for it
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I would recommend this book for children and adults alike. I hope it would help other children to understand if they are different and be able to get help or realise there is friendship and help in the world and that they are unique.
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