by Louis Sachar | Grades: 4-6 | Ages: 8-12 | Lexile Level 560
About Dogs Don't Tell Jokes by Louis Sachar
A sidesplitting classic from Newbery Medalist and National Book Award winner Louis Sachar (Holes)
Gary W. Boone knows he was born to be a stand-up comedian. It's the rest of the kids in his class who think he's just a goon. Then the Floyd Hicks Junior High School Talent Show is announced, and he starts practicing his routine nonstop to get it just right. Gary's sure this will be his big break--he'll make everyone laugh and win the $100 prize. But when an outrageous surprise threatens to turn his debut into a disaster, it looks as if the biggest joke of all may be on Gary himself.
"With its strong, realistic characterization, Sachar's gracefully told story will please his longtime fans and gain him new followers as well"-- Publishers Weekly.
Biographical Notes About Louis Schar
Newbery Award winner Louis Sachar (1954 - ) is the author of The Boy Who Lost His Face, the Marvin Redpost books, and the much-loved There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, winner of 19 child-voted state awards.
Louis Sachar's book Holes, winner of the 1999 Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, is also an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Quick Pick, and an ALA Notable Book, and was made into a major motion picture.