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Out of patience

by Meehl


Out of Patience
     by Meehl, Brian

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Gr 5-8–Toilets, tornadoes, buried treasure, and a curse play key roles in this enjoyable tale set in Patience, KS. Jake's father hopes to open a toilet museum, despite the objections of the townspeople and the embarrassment of his son. When his dad obtains the infamous plunger of doom, the 12-year-old is convinced that it has triggered a curse that will destroy his town. As thunderstorms hit and heated conflicts between longtime neighbors arise, his worries increase. Ultimately these events lead to Jake and his friends solving an old mystery. This all sounds pretty melodramatic, but the story unfolds with a light touch throughout. Repeated references to Jake's dad's obsession with toilets and to the manure plant that stinks up the community offer some funny moments. Crisp dialogue and a playful narrative voice add more, with a nice balance between humor and suspense. Jake's strong belief that the curse will bring true disaster doesn't always seem totally credible, but the varied plot threads blend nicely and come together in a far-fetched, but satisfying, conclusion. Themes of friendship, responsibility, and family come through without overwhelming the plot. This could be a good title to recommend to fans of Louis Sachar's Holes (Farrar, 1998) and Carl Hiassen's novels for kids.–Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR

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Out of Patience
     by Meehl, Brian

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From BookList, April 1, 2006, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission.

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Gr. 4-6. Twelve-year-old Jake Waters has a dream: he longs to be the first male in his family to escape the suffocating confines of tiny Patience, Kansas, founded by his great-great-great-grandfather, who inadvertently saddled the place with a curse (buried treasure is involved). Jake's dad, the local plumber, also has a dream: to establish the first American Toilet Museum. How embarrassing is that? Then there's the day the sky rains toilet plungers. All of the whimsy will seem a lot fresher to readers who have not encountered Louis Sachar's Holes (1998), but that aside, there's enough of the truly original here to hold kids' interest and even fire imaginations--especially those belonging to readers enchanted by references to baseball, tornadoes, toilet plungers, antique commodes, and cow manure--lots and lots of cow manure.
MichaelCart.

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