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FUNERALS & FLY FISHING (Limited Edition - Personalized by Mary Bartek)
Where do you fit in when you're oversized, underappreciated, & faced with a name like Stanislawski? In this thoughtful, funny novel, Brad (with a little help from his grandfather) is about to find out for himself. And, fly fishing and fly tying is an integral part of that answer.
Funerals & Fly Fishing, by Mary Bartek, is a fabulous new novel for young readers (ages 8 to 14). And, only at Traditional Angler, you can have your very own copy personalized at no additional charge by the author. Just let us know how you want the book signed and in the special instructions section during checkout.
FUNERALS & FLY FISHING
I start up the street toward my grandfather's house. Just how weird is it that I, Brad Stanislawski, am walking toward a funeral home of my own free will?
Where do you fit in when you're oversized, underappreciated, and faced with a name like Stanislawski?
Brad Stanislawski is looking forward to summer vacation, if only to get away from the classmates who make fun of his size (it's not his fault he's so tall) and his last name (Stan-is-lousy being their moniker of choice). So when Brad's mother announces that she's taking a summer vacation by herself and sending Brad across the country to stay with his estranged grandfather-who happens to be an undertaker-Brad thinks life couldn't possibly get any worse.
Still, as Brad ought to know, first impressions can be deceiving, and a name can hold a lot more than embarrassment. What exactly does it mean to be Brad Stanislawski? In this thoughtful, funny first novel, Brad (with a little help from his grandfather) is about to find out for himself.
From The Critics
School Library Journal Gr 4-7
It's hard adjusting to a new place and a new school; when your last name is Stanislawski, things are really tough. The last day of sixth grade finally arrives, and Brad looks forward to summer vacation, to getting away from teasing classmates who call him "Stan-is-lousy." When his mother is awarded a vacation in California, she sends Brad to visit her estranged father, a man he's never met. He enters his grandfather's home not knowing what to expect. He discovers that there's one thing his mother neglected to mention: his grandfather runs and lives in a funeral home. As the week unfolds, Brad learns things about his grandfather and his mother as a child. He gains respect for the man, and for the name that causes so much teasing. In the end, he begins to stand up for himself, is able to bring about reconciliation between his mother and grandfather, and is proud that he is a Stanislawski. In a style similar to the work of Jerry Spinelli and Sharon Creech, this story provides a subtle lesson. The characters are believable and well developed. Anyone who has visited distant relatives and experienced the unknown will identify with Brad's hesitancy. There is enough action to keep children's attention, and because of the uncomplicated plot and short time span of the story, reluctant readers will also find it satisfying.-Denise Moore, O'Gorman Junior High School, Sioux Falls, SD Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
An unexpected summer visit leads a lonely boy to uncover his roots and discover himself in this amusing, touching first-person narrative. As sixth grade ends, only-child Brad Stanislawski anticipates escaping bully classmates who call him "Stan-is-lousy." Brad amuses himself drawing caricatures of his tormentors and schemes about changing his embarrassing last name. When his mother wins a free vacation alone, Brad finds himself on a plane heading for a rural Pennsylvania town he's never seen to visit a grandfather he's never met. Freaked out that his mother neglected to mention that his grandfather lives above the Stanislawski Funeral Home he operates, Brad gradually adapts to the routine of funerals, fly-fishing, pierogi, and polka. Along the way, Brad realizes he and his Polish grandfather have more in common than a last name and learns that being a "Stanislawski" isn't so bad after all. Like Brad, readers will see there's a lot more to funerals and fly-fishing than meets the eye. (Fiction. 8-14)
About the Author
Mary Bartek is a middle-school educator, teacher for the "gifted and talented," as well as a former school librarian and an award-winning journalist. Ms. Bartek lives in Centennial, Colorado, with her family. This is her first novel for young readers.
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