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Excuses!: Survive and Succeed with David Mortimore Baxter
Excuses!: Survive and Succeed with David Mortimore Baxter
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Excuses!: Survive and Succeed with David Mortimore Baxter

by Karen Tayleur
Illustrated by Brann Garvey

David Mortimore Baxter knows that a kid's life is not easy, so he has put together the perfect self-help book for young people just like him. Read his list of the best excuses to use on grown-ups - but only in emergencies, of course. Proceed with caution!

PublisherStone Arch Books
Age Level9-13 Years
Reading LevelGrades 2-3
GenreRealistic Fiction
Trim Size5 3/4 x 8 1/4
Page Count88



School Library Journal - Debbie Whitbeck; West Ottawa Public Schools

"In the first of these humorous stories, David describes his family, friends, teachers, etc., and shares his best excuses for getting out of work at home and at school. The book is full of subheadings and handy tips. Secrets! is the stronger title. A famous wrestler shares an important secret with Davey and asks him not to tell. When the athlete accepts the Hall of Fame award (the secret) on national television, he acknowledges the trust he has in his friend. After the boy's 15 minutes of fame, life gets crazy. A student inadvertently downloads an image on the class computer and upsets the teacher, the whole class gets punished, and the guilty student confesses to David. Others also confide in him, and he is miserable. Numerous spot illustrations appear on the endpapers and throughout the pages; ink blots serve as chapter breaks. The texts are full of font changes and extra spacing. The glossaries and Web sites aren't especially useful; discussion questions and writing prompts are included. Billed as high-interest realistic fiction, these books will appeal to their target audiences. -Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI" - School Library Journal

March 1, 2007


PRINT Magazine

2007 Regional Design Annual Award

January 1, 2007

Karen Tayleur

Karen Tayleur

When Karen Tayleur was growing up, her father told her many stories about his own childhood. These stories continued to grow. She says, "I always enjoyed the retelling, and wanted to create a character who had the same abilities with 'bending the truth.' " And David Mortimore Baxter was born! Karen lives in Australia with her husband, two children, two cats, and one dog.

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