My Life as a Stuntboy

Janet Tashjian; illustrations by Jake Tashjian

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Derek Fallon gets the opportunity of a lifetime—to be a stunt boy in a major movie featuring a pretty teen starlet. After accepting the job he learns that he is the star's stunt double and must wear a wig! His friends are never going to let him live this down. If that weren’t his only problem, his parents are threatening to give away his pet monkey, and his best friend just posted an embarrassing video of him on Youtube. Can life get any worse? Still the irrepressible Derek takes it all in stride and even manages to save the day.


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My Life as a Stuntboy
Help!THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IS always the worst day of the year. It's like some crazy surgeon throws you on an operating table and removes a major organ from your chest called summer. He doesn't realize how much a kid needs that organ, as much as a liver or a spleen.I feel almost bruised being back at school, and I haven't even made itto class yet. Maybe if I go to the nurse, she'll take pity on me and hook me up to an emergency life support system. But before I can make any last wishes, my friend Matt punches me in the arm and jolts me back from my


Praise for My Life as a Stuntboy

“A fast-moving plot and relatable protagonist make this stand-alone sequel a good choice for boys who, like Derek, would rather reach for a TV remote or game controller than a book.” --School Library Journal
“Fans of the first will be utterly delighted by this sequel and anxious to see what Jake will turn up as next.” --BCCB
“This is a great package for kids, especially those like Derek who don’t think they like to read.” --Booklist
“Another fun, emotionally resonant read for the Wimpy Kid set and beyond.” --Kirkus Reviews

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MY LIFE AS A STUNTBOY by Janet Tashjian, Jake TashjianKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of MY LIFE AS A STUNTBOY . In this satisfying stand-alone companion to <em>My Life as a Book<em> (2010), 12-year-old Derek Fallon thinks landing a job as stuntboy for megastar Tanya Billings must be as good as it gets.
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  • Janet Tashjian is the author of acclaimed books for young adults, including The Gospel According to Larry, Vote for Larry, Fault LineMultiple Choice and My Life as a Book. Disney adapted Tru Confessions into a television movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. Tashjian studied at the University of Rhode Island and Emerson College. She lives in California with her family.
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My Life as a Stuntboy

Janet Tashjian; illustrations by Jake Tashjian

Rhode Island Children's Book Award Master List