Someday Angeline

by Louis Sachar

Hardcover, 1998



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HarperCollins (1998), 154 pages


As an eight-year-old genius in the sixth grade, Angeline is not too popular, but she tries to adjust to being different.


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154 p.; 5.75 inches

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LibraryThing member weener
Angeline is very bright young girl - in fact, some might say she's a genius. She can predict the weather, play the piano without having a single lesson, and answer any question the teacher asks. However, in a class with an uncaring teacher and students several years older than she is, she has a lot
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of trouble making friends.

Her father, a single dad, doesn't understand her and seems frightened of her gift. He doesn't realize they have a lot in common - she loves funny jokes and exciting stories, and really loves him and looks up to him.

Things look up for Angeline when she makes friends with a lonely boy who tells jokes that no one else thinks are funny, and his kind teacher who stimulates and encourages them both.

When the pressure in Angeline's classroom gets to be too much for her to take, tragedy strikes, and it's up to the people who care about Angeline to make sure she still has a future.
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LibraryThing member desislc
My favorite book by this author! Angeline, much smarter and younger than her classmates, struggles to find where she belongs. She must deal with a bullying teacher, classmates who make fun of her, and a father with very high expectations for her. Things begin looking up when she makes friends with
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Gary (a misfit from another class) and Mr. Bone- and when she discovers the aquarium.
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LibraryThing member stephxsu
Oh my, but SOMEDAY ANGELINE is so adorable. My EL510 student who is hardest to please with the book selections for that class actually finished the whole book before our second class and declared that this book was fun, as compared to all the other books we had read before it (Mary Poppins, Kenny
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and the Dragon...). I liked the themes we could discuss in this book as well, about youth vs. genius, good/bad parenting, etc. The omniscient third-person narration was strange sometimes, and I didn't like how the adult romance was treated, but all in all, a solid thumbs-up for using this book for EL510.
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LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
A little fantastical, but then if you're a fan of Sachar (and if you're not, you should be) you're ok with that. Lots of humor (and I don't mean just the kids' jokes) but lots of insight and poignancy, too.
LibraryThing member atreic
I really enjoyed this book about Angeline, a child genius who has skipped three grades at school. It is very gently drawn, but with really good observations of people - the bit where Angeline's dad is trying so hard to talk to her, but is so wrapped up in trying hard that he misses the point of
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everything, the bit where Angeline realises that her teacher is insecure and stupid, and will stop being nasty to her if she just gets things wrong. It is at its absolute best when talking about running away - Angeline goes to the aquarium, and forgets her sorrows in the fish.

I didn't really like the Angeline's Dad / Miss Turbone love story, although I can see it makes a neat happy ever after for everyone. And I was surprised it didn't have more of a 'running away doesn't solve things' moral, in this book running away doesn't have any really bad consequences for Angeline.
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