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by Anne Fine

eBook Flour Babies epub
  • ISBN: 0780753461
  • Author: Anne Fine
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning Prebound (September 1995)
  • ePUB size: 1495 kb
  • FB2 size 1460 kb
  • Formats docx lit lrf rtf

Flour Babies" apparently won the British Carnegie Medal (which corresponds to our Newbery Medal over here stateside) .

Flour Babies" apparently won the British Carnegie Medal (which corresponds to our Newbery Medal over here stateside) which surprises me a little. I think it's great but I wouldn't necessarily cover it with awards. Young children will likely struggle with the range of vocabulary used (Anne Fine casually drops words such as "inoculation", "industriously" "maligned" and "colleague") and the discussions about parenthood scattered throughout the novel. Meanwhile, older teenagers may feel patronised by Simon's unrealistic musings on the grit and strength of teachers and parents; his contrived change from clumsy thug to sensitive, mature young man; and the way the characters speak.

Let it be flour babies. Although the main protagonist of Anne Fine's Flour Babies (opinionated and often rather annoying and careless teenager Simon Martin) really and majorly despises school work, he does nevertheless and grudgingly accept his assignment of having to take home a large bag of flour and then look after and take care of said bag like a baby, like a newborn infant (well in.

Flour Babies is a day school novel for young adults, written by Anne Fine and published by Hamilton 1992. It features a group "science experiment" in a classroom full of poor students (underachievers). When his class of underachievers is assigned to spend three torturous weeks taking care of their own "babies" in the form of bags of flour, Simon makes amazing discoveries about himself while coming to terms with his long-absent father.

TimeRider12 'I was gripped and even if the book had my hair standing on end at points, I couldn't put it down, and the story will haunt me forever. Published: 9 Mar 2013.

googleyeyes: 'I didn't find any of the characters easy to connect with and I thought the book was unique. But not the good sort of unique. Published: 8 Nov 2013. TimeRider12 'I was gripped and even if the book had my hair standing on end at points, I couldn't put it down, and the story will haunt me forever.

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Flour Babies by Anne Fine, won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book Award in 1992. When the annual school science fair comes round, Mr Cartwright's class don't get to work on the Soap Factory, the Maggot Farm or the Exploding Custard Tins. To their intense disgust they get the Flour Babies - sweet little six-pound bags of flour that must be cared for at all times. Funny and poignant, Flour Babies is a brilliant depiction of secondary school life.

Eleven days into The Great Flour Baby Experiment, the rest of the boys are ready to drop-kick their six-pound flour "babies" into the creek, but not Simon. Simon's flour baby is helping him figure out his own life-why his father walked out on him and how strong his mother is, raising him alone. An ALA Notable Book; School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Book; ALA Quick Pick; and Horn Book Fanfare. Результаты поиска по книге

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Find Books With Book Wizard. see all When his class of underachievers is assigned to spend three torturous weeks taking care of their own "babies" in the form of bags of flour, Simon makes amazing discoveries about himself while. com User, November 14, 2002. I think this book would appeal to people in the age of 11-13, as there are some humourous parts within but there can be some very serious parts like where the main character discovers himself. Also, its about self relationships. I rated the book 3 out of 5 because even though I found it a fairly good read, you wouldnt find it on my book shelf.

Despite the scorn of the other boys in Room 8 about the assignment to care for their ""flour babies""--bags of flour that must be kept dry, mud-free, and safe from harm--Simon, a clumsy misfit, begins to enjoy caring for his ""baby.""
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I read this when I was a kid. Bought it to share with my teenage son. It's funny and quirky. I had forgotten it's British English, so some slang is a little weird to me, but my son found it funny to try and decipher its meaning. One or two slightly offensive ideas that I don't think you'd find in today's teen books, but otherwise we enjoyed it. It even has a section at the back with questions for discussion and a copy of the newspaper article that inspired the writer. Definitely a book that will get your teen thinking about the responsibility and weight of parenting and whether or not they'd feel they'd be up to it. In the loss of HOME EC/home education in high schools, it's a nice reminder of thinking our teens should be doing before they mature.

Son's review: "Funny. It was a good book."
Flour babies by Anne Fine, winner of two prestigious British book awards, is a funny yet deadly serious story of a class of boys which by false persuasion take on looking after a 6 pound bag of flour, as if a real baby, for 3 weeks.
The book is based around Simon Martin, part of 4c, who 15 years before was walked out on by his Father. This year's science fair was being planned, as always, by Dr Feltham, who thinks that everything should be perfect and correct. After giving 4c a choice of boring subjects, flour babies was picked to the class's dismay. This is until Simon overhears a conversation between Mr Cartwright, teacher of 4c, and Dr Feltham talking about the project and mentioning a glorious explosion of flour and so persuades the whole class that it was a good choice and it would be the best science fair yet.
When looking after the flour babies Simon discovers the truth about his dad, his feeling towards babies and who really cares about him, along with whom he truly cares about and how little he's done for them before.
Although I didn't like the whole idea of it I thought it was pretty good, the humour breaking up the serious stuff and making it a lot more realistic for a class at secondary school. Also the length of the book was just about right to keep you waiting but not for too long, with funny mini stories along the way. One of these involved one of my favourite characters, Sajid Mahmoud, who opened up a crèche for people to have their bags of flour looked after-at a price of course-because business is business where money and Sajid are involved.
FLOUR BABIES was a great book. I enjoyed reading it because it kept you wondering would happen next. The part I liked the best was how Simon kept finding out piece by piece of the song his father was singing when he left Simon and his mother. I also liked how you never knew what the kids doing the flour baby project would do with their flour babies next. In this book the author used great characterization. In my opinion, books with lots of characters in them are more exciting to read. Plus, when each character has a different point of view of things that is very interesting. For example the students doing the flour baby project all have different opinions about the flour babies. Most think that it is a horrible idea, and Simon thinks it is a great idea. Then there are the people who just don't know what to think. The last thing that I really liked was the whole point of the book. I learned so much on how hard it would be to be a parent when you are still in school. For example, when he has to go to soccer practice and his mom won't watch his flour baby for him. As you can see, this book has many good points. I really recommend that anyone who gets a chance to read this book does do this. I really enjoyed this book, and I hope everyone else will too!
Books concerning teenage fatherhood have blossomed over the last few years. I'm not certain what the cause of this trend is, and I don't know where it will end. Certainly some fabulous books have resulted, of course. The multi-award winning, "First Part Last", is probably the best known of these adolescent daddy stories. Lesser known, and far cheerier, is the delightful "Flour Babies" by Anne Fine. Taking a concept that has been used in everything from an episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" to an episode of "The Cosby Show", this story concentrates on a boy, his adorable sack of flour, and his attempts to come to terms with his own absentee pop.

When Mr. Cassidy gets stuck with the worst possible students in Room 8 he isn't surprised. When he is stuck giving these same students a lame project for the upcoming Science Fair he remains unsurprised. But when the project turns out to concern Flour Babies, he's livid. In this project the teacher must hand a six-pound burlap sack of flour to each of his students. Over the course of several weeks these lagabout kids must take extra special care of their new babies. Of course, Cassidy is convinced that this project will only lead to flour exploding in his classroom at the hands of his rowdy kids. When the biggest toughest underachiever of them all, Simon Martin, misunderstands and thinks that the end of the project will result in a grand flour baby kick-off, he throws himself headlong into his baby's care. As time goes by, Simon begins to care deeply for his baby and his thoughts turn to the father that abandoned him when he was a babe. Through his own slow thought processes, Simon learns to understand what fatherhood entails and what it truly means to be unencumbered and young.

This book was originally published in Britain and as such I initially assumed that it took place overseas. But about the time Simon's mom comments that his deadbeat dad took off for Chicago when he left, I came to the horrific realization that this book was trying to be American. Trying and failing. I mean, honestly. This is the kind of book that contains sentences like, "his dad was a duffer" and has characters that say "Sir" all the time and have names like "Simon". Also, the book kind of decomposes towards the end. While the storyline up until the last 2 or so chapters has been fine, suddenly Anne Fine tacks on a Mel Brooks type of let's-make-everything-crazy finale. You've got a previously sympathetic teacher giving a ridiculous (and increasing) number of detentions, a crazy escape via running along the tops of the school's desks, and a grand finish of thick floating flour everywhere. I only wish the writing could have kept up, but it didn't.

Which isn't to say there isn't a lot going for this book. Admittedly, the students keep breaking into bizarre non-teenage sentences from time to time but they're enjoyable characters. For his part, Simon is a kind of relief to read. I was convinced that this book would turn out to be another tale in which a wise but crazy teacher gives his tough students a true challenge and at the end they all beat the science nerds because someone actually took the time to believe in them. Not a chance. Simon Martin is a good example of that. He's unrepentantly thick at the beginning of the book and though he's worked out some issues by the end, he's unrepentantly thick there too. And finally, the biggest and best reason to read this book; it's darned funny. I think I was officially won over when the teacher watching the detention students found herself hoping that Simon would entertain her that day with the Bloodied Tongue. This is where Simon empties surreptitiously an entire cartridge of red ink from a pen onto his tongue and then, "let this gory-looking monstrosity out of his mouth for the whole rest of the detention, rendering her incapable of eating her sandwich but amusing her mightily". Any book that uses humor correctly has my love already.

"Flour Babies" apparently won the British Carnegie Medal (which corresponds to our Newbery Medal over here stateside) which surprises me a little. I think it's great but I wouldn't necessarily cover it with awards. Still, if you're looking for a fun read that's not only amusing but also great to pick up and reread, I think this book's for you. Three cheers for those little sack o' flours and the boys that love 'em so.
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