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Funerals and Fly Fishing

Mary Bartek

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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. Funerals and Fly Fishing is a 2005 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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from FUNERALS AND FLY FISHING

Chapter 7
The Baseball Game

My grandfather and I are finishing our Deluxe Frozen Entrees when the phone rings. I've already noticed that happens a lot here. You'd think he was in real estate. The last few times, he just ignored it and said "Mike will get that downstairs," but this time he gets up. "That's my private line."

"Hello?" There's a pause and then, "Rita, how are you?" In less time than it could have taken her to answer his question, he answers, "Sure, I'll put him on," and hands the phone to me.

"Hi, honey," Mom says
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Praise for Funerals and Fly Fishing

"[A]musing, touching first-person narrative."--Kirkus Reviews

"The characters are believable and well developed. . . . 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." --School Library Journal

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Mary Bartek

  • Mary Bartek is a teacher for the "gifted and talented," as well as a 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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Funerals and Fly Fishing

Mary Bartek

Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
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