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The Exchange Student (Malcolm in the Middle) Paperback – 1 Jan 2001

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439228506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439228503
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13.3 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Fourth in a series of Scholastic novelizations based upon the TV series Malcolm in the Middle. It's written in the first person with Malcolm as narrator, and captures the character's voice fairly well. This is intriguing because as an original story it's not based on any existing TV episode. Malcolm's family have a Krelboyne exchange student to stay for a week. 'Her name is Camellia. She's the same age as Malcolm, and every bit as smart. She's as tough as Reese, as cute as Dewey - everyone likes her... Mom and Dad are ecstatic, she's like the daughter they always wanted.' The boys resent her arrival immediately because Lois gives Camellia exclusive use of their room and they are forced to sleep on the couch. Graphic chaos soon descends on the family when the boys misbehave big time, Mother's Day looms, and Francis smuggles incriminating evidence out of Marlin Academy. Camellia quickly learns how to take advantage of everyone and every situation. Malcolm feels his genius status threatened and that his place in the family is being taken over by Camellia. Things go from bad to worse, but along the way, the boys learn a lot about Camellia, and in doing so, they learn a lot about themselves. The book is a bit hard to get into at first, perhaps because the boys are relentlessly unpleasant even compared to the TV episodes, and the writers sometimes forego originality and quote incidents from the TV episodes to set up original scenes. But the writing and story do get much better in later chapters, making it ultimately a more satisfactory read, and making this reviewer wish it had been an actual TV episode.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! 6 May 2001
By Angel child - Published on
Format: Paperback
This story is about a kid named Malcolm. This girl named Camellia is coming to live with Malcolm's family for a week. Everyone loves her, exept Malcolm. Even Francis is on her side. Malcolm is worried that Camellia is going to take over his family. This book is a must have for all fans of Malcolm in The Middle.
5.0 out of 5 stars Life is Unfair if You Can Not Get This Book 19 Oct. 2003
By James N Simpson - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Exchange Student is another great Malcolm in the Middle story by Pan Pollack. This sensational short novel is just like watching an episode on television, and with your imagination seeing all the characters you forget it is actually a book.
In this episode the Krelboyne class is hosting an exchange student for a week and a host family needs to be found. Lois finds out and offers to have the host the student in their house. He will stay in the boys' room. To Malcolm, Reese and Dewey this an excellent opportunity for a slave. When Malcolm's teacher shows up with the student to everyone's surprise she is a girl named Camillia. Lois is thrilled, Camilla is the daughter she always wanted. The boys are thrown out of their room for Camillia and she quickly starts to take Malcolm's role in the family and at school, much to his jealousy. Reese and Dewey are not thrilled either with the inconvenience to their lives and there is nothing they can do. Meanwhile Mother's Day is coming up.
This is an excellent book for readers of all ages. It is a short novel so kids or those who do not like reading long novels can read it too. Krelboyne Parrot also by the same author Pam Pollack is as good as this novel if not better. Tom Mason another author also has some books in this series. I have read The Hostage Crisis, which is good and worthwhile buying, but not in the same league as Pollack's work. This is an hilarious novel, I will definitely be buying the other books in this series I have not yet read as you can never have enough Malcolm in the Middle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Exchange Student (Malcolm in the Middle) 9 April 2003
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This book is about a family that gets an exchange student who is a genus like Malcolm, to come stay for a week of ciaos. It's like a normal day at there house ciaos is everywhere and it's time to go to school, Malcolm finds out at school that his mom has volentered to have an exchange student come stay and he wasn't happy. The door bell rang the next day they opened up the door not to expect that the student was a girl! That meant that Camellia would get the boys room and they would have to squeeze on the couch. All of a sudden the phone rings and it's Francis Malcolm holds the phone up to Reese Francis says that he sent the Mother's day gift already and he cut off the nose of his school's statue and told them when they get it throw it out or throw it away. After that phone the boys were upset because everything was going Camellia's way, the next day it was time to go to the barber shop in the mall, Malcolm and Reese didn't want haircuts and at the barber it was even worse. When they were in the chairs they started fighting and spraying shaving cream everywhere, after they were done they were banned from ever getting a hair cut again. When they got home Dewey was acting strange, they tried to get it out of him but he wouldn't tell. At dinner time Camellia found a package under the bed and she gave it to Lois, she opened it to find a Mother's day gift and a nose. The next day they went to the mall and bought a Mother's day gift, that night Malcolm checked for the gift it was gone. They went out for Mother's day dinner and got banned from that restaurant. I can not give away the ending but if this book has seen interesting for you go buy, borrow, or check it out thank you for reading my review.
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