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"Better Than Weird" Book Report Presentation

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Ideas
The main character in this book is a boy named Aaron, who is a misunderstood student and throughout the story, tries to prove to people that he is the same as everyone else.
Retell
Aaron counts the days until the arrival of his dad, who he had not seen since his mother died of cancer eight years ago (He was raised by his grandmother). Others than small phone conversations, photographs, and a few dim memories, Aaron does not know his father at all. He is both excited and terrified by the upcoming reunion. He gets prepared by making lists: one detailing all the things the two of them will do together, and another describing things his father will teach him. However, along the way, Aaron also worries that his father might consider him too weird, or whether he will leave again. Meanwhile, at school, Aaron has lots to keep him occupied. He must avoid the class bully, Tufan, repair his friendship with Jeremy, and work with his therapist, not to mention his homework too. When Aaron’s father finally shows up, what happens is neither dream-fulfillment nor disaster, but after spending some time with his own weird self, and on his homework, Aaron would not have it any other way. You can read the book for the ending.
What I Liked About This Book
Some things I liked about this book were:
What I Disliked
The only thing I didn't really like about this book is the fact that Aaron's bad habits were mentioned throughout the story, and that the music teacher would creepily smile all the time, even when she was mad.
Connections
After reading the first few chapters of this book, I can relate to it from the bullying assemblies I went to here at Hazel McCallion but mainly back in elementary school. I remember a specific assembly talking about bullying and being weird. The people said that being weird makes you unique and awesome. They also emphasized and gave their own personal stories about how bad it feels to be left out and that no one wants to not be included
Better Than Weird
A Book By: Anna Kerz
Characters in this Book
The other characters in this book are Jeremy, a nice boy who tries to help Aaron, Tufan, one of Aaron's classmates who wants to plot revenge on Aaron, Aaron's therapist, one of his big supports, Gran, Aaron's grandmother, Aaron's dad, who visits after a long time, Sofia, Aaron's new mother and "surprise", Paul, Aaron's older brother, Mr. Collins, the homeroom teacher, and Mrs. Masilo, the music teacher
Settings in the Story
Here is a list of all the settings in "Better Than Weird":
-At school
-Aaron's house
-Schoolyards
-Jeremy's house
-Sidewalks to and from school
Summary of the Story
The story "Better Than Weird" is about a boy named Aaron who hears that his father is finally coming home to visit after he left for many years. Getting overexcited with his dad''s "surprise" and things he wanted to do with him, Aaron gets very carried away and starts to act in a different way: weirdly. All of his careless mistakes soon turn into the bigger chance of being beat up along with loosing his friends. After lots of obstacles, Aaron is determined to be prepared for his father's visit and prove himself better than weird, but soon finds out the cold hard truth.
Thank You For Listening To My Presentation!
Why This Book is a Good Choice For The Summer
This book is a good choice for the summer because of the important lessons and funny stories it has in the book. This book can also be related to the real world. What also makes this book an interesting choice is all of the genres it includes, from humorous and happy, to sad tragedies, then to mystery all of a sudden. I would recommend this book to someone who also likes a happy ending and can not stand being held in suspense. If you are looking for an award-winning book, "Better Than Weird" has been nominated as last year's "Silver Birch" book for the "Forest of Reading".
-The way the book was balanced with the problems evenly and had just enough information throughout the book
-How the author decided to base the book on a fictional character that everyone can relate to
-The language and conversations in the book
-The good build-up of suspense in the chapters
What I Disliked
The only thing I didn't really like about this book is the fact that Aaron's bad habits were mentioned throughout the story and that Mrs. Masilo had the characteristic of smiling falsely all the time, even when she was mad.
The Main Idea
The main idea and lesson in this story is that we are all different, and no one is perfect. We will all make mistakes and will have our own ways of dealing with problems, but that doesn't mean that anyone around you is weird. The bottom line: being weird is being different. Sure you can be weird, but that never means you are that in a bad way.
About The Author
Anna Kerz is the author of this book, "Better Than Weird". Books she have written are "The Mealworm Diaries" and The Gnome's Eye". In fact, "Better Than Weird is actually the sequel of "The Mealworm Diaries".
Why I Chose and Read This Novel
At first, I read this book because I saw that it was a "Silver Birch" book. Then I kept reading more. This is, for me, one of the few books that really captures my attention and wants me to keep reading.
Reviews and Comments About This Book
Here are some reviews of "Better Than Weird:
The following video outlines some of the main things, events, and questions in the novel...
HAPPY
READING!!!!!
Quill & Quire - March 1, 2011

"Kerz is brilliant at describing challenges from Aaron's perspective, and she does so without a trace of sentimentality...It's a messy and far from perfect outcome for Aaron."
Kirkus Reviews - February 15, 2011



"This moving story looks at both family and school life from the point of view of a boy trying hard to fit into a world he doesn't quite understand...The details of school life are believable and familiar, and the ending leaves Aaron and readers waiting for a hopeful outcome...This companion book [to The Mealworm Diaries] stands alone but will surely send readers back to read the first."
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Plot
The plot of the novel is that Aaron is being overwhelmed with lots of events that will or might happen, like dealing with Tufan, seeing his dad, making decisions, and struggling at school. At the end, he makes compromises and earns himself the title "better than weird".
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