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Word nerd : a novel / by Susin Nielsen.

By: Nielsen-Fernlund, Susin, 1964- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Andersen Press, 2016Description: 252 pages ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781783444601.Subject(s): Scrabble (Game) -- Juvenile fiction | Social isolation -- Juvenile fictionGenre/Form: Children's stories. | Teen fiction.DDC classification: 813.6 Summary: Ambrose Bukowski is a twelve-year-old with a talent for mismatching his clothes, for saying the wrong thing at the worst possible time, and for words. In short, he's a self-described nerd. Making friends is especially hard because he and his overprotective mother, Irene, have had to move so often. And when bullies at his latest school almost kill him by deliberately slipping a peanut into his sandwich to set off his allergy, it's his mother who has the extreme reaction. From now on, Ambrose has to be home-schooled. Then Ambrose strikes up an unlikely friendship with the landlord's son, Cosmo, an ex-con who's been in prison. They have nothing in common except for Scrabble. But a small deception grows out of control when Ambrose convinces a reluctant Cosmo to take him to a Scrabble club. Could this spell disaster for Ambrose?
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Ambrose Bukowski is a twelve-year-old with a talent for mismatching his clothes, for saying the wrong thing at the worst possible time, and for words. In short, he's a self-described nerd. Making friends is especially hard because he and his overprotective mother, Irene, have had to move so often. And when bullies at his latest school almost kill him by deliberately slipping a peanut into his sandwich to set off his allergy, it's his mother who has the extreme reaction. From now on, Ambrose has to be home-schooled.
Then Ambrose strikes up an unlikely friendship with the landlord's son, Cosmo, an ex-con who's been in prison. They have nothing in common except for Scrabble. But a small deception grows out of control when Ambrose convinces a reluctant Cosmo to take him to a Scrabble club. Could this spell disaster for Ambrose?

Ambrose Bukowski is a twelve-year-old with a talent for mismatching his clothes, for saying the wrong thing at the worst possible time, and for words. In short, he's a self-described nerd. Making friends is especially hard because he and his overprotective mother, Irene, have had to move so often. And when bullies at his latest school almost kill him by deliberately slipping a peanut into his sandwich to set off his allergy, it's his mother who has the extreme reaction. From now on, Ambrose has to be home-schooled. Then Ambrose strikes up an unlikely friendship with the landlord's son, Cosmo, an ex-con who's been in prison. They have nothing in common except for Scrabble. But a small deception grows out of control when Ambrose convinces a reluctant Cosmo to take him to a Scrabble club. Could this spell disaster for Ambrose?

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-Twelve-year-old Ambrose Bukowski and his widowed, overprotective mother, an adjunct professor, move frequently. When he almost dies after he bites into a peanut that bullies put in his sandwich, just to see if he is really allergic, Irene has had enough, and she decides to homeschool him. While she teaches at night, Ambrose gets to know 25-year-old-Cosmo, recently released from jail and the son of the Bukowskis' warmhearted Greek landlords who live upstairs. Ambrose discovers that he and his neighbor both love Scrabble, so, without his mother's knowledge, he talks Cosmo into taking him to a Scrabble Club. For the first time, Ambrose has a friend, but when his mother finds out, she starts packing up to move again to get him away from the ex-con. This prompts Ambrose to run away, determined to get his mother to listen to him. Ambrose is a neat kid who is comfortable in his own skin, despite always being an outsider. Cosmo knows he made some wrong choices, but he is regretful, as well as caring and thoughtful, and a great morale booster for Ambrose. This is a tender, often funny story with some really interesting characters. It will appeal to word nerds, but even more to anyone who has ever longed for acceptance or had to fight unreasonable parental restrictions.-Shannon Seglin, Patrick Henry Library, Vienna, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Scrabble and crossword nerds will enjoy this funny moving story, and so will many in the middle-school crowd, who will recognize the struggle to stand up to bullies at school and a hovering parent at home. Ambrose, 12, is close with his widowed mom, but he wants his independence. After mom moves them yet again, this time to Vancouver, he bonds with his neighbor's son, Cosmo, an ex-con teen who has spent time for drug crime and is now trying to stay clean, facts that Ambrose hides from Mom. Not only does Cosmo teach Ambrose about self-defense, but together they also join the local Scrabble club, where Cosmo meets a gorgeous girl and Ambrose wins the championship. Every chapter heading is a fun word game that connects with the plot: Bonding ( bingo, boing, bind doing, bog, ding, dong, gob ) and Screwed say it all, as Ambrose finally gets Mom to put down roots and allow him the space to find his own way.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2008 Booklist