Page 1

(Download ebook) King Dork

King Dork Frank Portman ebooks | Download PDF | *ePub | DOC | audiobook

#495034 in Books Delacorte Books for Young Readers 2008-02-12 2008-02-12Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 8.25 x .76 x 5.50l, .59 #File Name: 0385734506368 pagesKing Dork | File size: 36.Mb Frank Portman : King Dork before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised King Dork: 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful. Not for me--maybe for youBy Russell J. SandersKing Dork was simply "not my cup of tea." Author Frank Portman's writing is good, his character development is quite inventive, and his book is quirky and to some, it would be very unusually charming. I, on the other hand, found the protagonist totally


irritating. I can see teens reading this and absolutely loving it, though. But I guess I'm just too old. In the liner notes, King Dork is called a punk rock novel. I don't know what that is. I do know that I read almost the entire novel before I figured out just when the story takes place. Maybe that's part of the punk rock angle, for the protagonist is fascinated with such an array of retro-rock music that I could not pin down just when he was living his life. His father was in high school in 1963. The protagonist was fourteen or fifteen at the telling of this story. The father had been dead for several years, but when I added the ages up, that put the kid in the 1980s, but then later his father's death was pinned to 1993. Add to my confusion the fact that the major novel being taught in the boy's school was The Catcher in the Rye. As an English teacher myself, I can state that I haven't heard of The Catcher in the Rye being taught in high school in years. So, drowned in confusion and not liking the main character, I admit I sped through the book, often skipping some of it. That being said, I should not even be reviewing it, but perhaps my "take" on this is different enough from others that it will be food for thought.1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. This book nearly killed meBy Remi ZagariAlright Alright I do get all the strong feminist reactions to this book but really...who cares? Literature and art doesn't have to be POLITICALLY CORRECT. This is the story of a young adult who's having major issues connecting with the whole world and if y'all haven't noticed he depicts everybody around him negatively...not just the female characters. Its witty and well written thats all that matters!Are you really gonna forbid your children to read something cause it doesn't align with your own beliefs of what is ''right'' and ''wrong''? Take a few moments to ponder about it0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. A MUST-READ at any age. For anyone. Seriously, read this book.By Robert RichardsonI am in my 30s and could be categorized as a literary nerd in that I adore the classics and slog through the Russians by my own volition. On occasion, I desire a dessert read. This book is candy--a truly delicious read. I laughed out loud many times, including in public places like on an airplane (yes, people did furrow their brows at me, and it was totally worth it). The events the main character experiences will remind you of all the embarrassing moments from high school with the ability to laugh, sigh, cry a little, and reflect as you relive them. Perfect vacation book. I will likely read it again. Ugh, it's hard to leave this review, because I don't feel I did this book justice. It's amazing. King Dork will rock your world. --John Green, New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our StarsWhen Tom Henderson finds his dead fathers copy of J. D. Salingers The Catcher in the Rye, his world is turned upside down. Suddenly high school gets more complicated: Tom (aka King Dork) finds himself in the middle of mysteries involving dead people, naked people, fake people, a secret code, girls, and rock and roll. As he goes through sophomore year, he finds clues that may very well solve the puzzle of his fathers death andoddlyreveal the secret to attracting semi-hot girls. (The secret might be being in a band, if he can find a drummer who can count to four.) This unruly cult classic features song lyrics throughout and now includes a glossary and a bandography. And look for the sequel, King Dork Approximtely, available now. Praise for King Dork: Basically, if you are a human being with even a vague grasp of the English language, King Dork will rock your world.John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars [No account of high school] has made me laugh more than King Dork. . . . Grade A.Entertainment Weekly Impossibly brilliant.Time Provides a window into what it would be like if Holden Caulfield read The Catcher in the Rye.New York PostLoaded with sharp and offbeat humor.USA Today Original, heartfelt, and sparkling with wit and intelligence. This novel will linger long in readers memories.School Library Journal, Starred Review A biting and witty high-school satire.Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review Toms narration is piercingly satirical and acidly witty.The Bulletin of the Center for Childrens Books, Starred Review King Dork is smart, funny, occasionally raunchy and refreshingly clear about what its like to be in high school.San Francisco Chronicle King Dork: Best Punk Rock Book Ever.The Village Voice I love this book as much as I hated high school, and thats some of the highest praise I can possibly give.Bookslut.com .com In Frank Portman's dazzling debut novel, frustrated song-writer and high school student Tom Henderson finds his dead father's copy of The Catcher in the Rye, and his life changes forever. Part social satire, part mystery, with a healthy dose of rock music (and angst), King Dork is one of our must-read favorites of the year. Bonus Content from Frank Portman Frank Portman (aka Dr. Frank) is not just an author, he's also a musician. We were lucky enough to get a few tracks and a few words from the man behind King Dork, his band The Mr. T. Experience, and the relationship between his book and his music. "King Dork" This is the "title track" for my new book. No matter how many times I say that (and I've now said it at least twice by my count) it still sounds strange...Anyhow, I wrote this song for my band, the Mr. T Experience, back in the mid-nineties (you can hear the electrified rock and roll version on the MTX album The Mr. T Experience... and the Women Who Love Them). While I was gingerly, sheepishly exploring the idea of trying to write a book, and not really knowing where to begin, Krista Marino (who was to become my editor at Delacorte) suggested that I try to turn a song into a novel as a way of getting started. I can't remember why I settled on "King Dork" as the song to "novelize," but I started thinking about the narrator/character of this song and after quite a bit of staring at a blank Word document and banging my head against the bar I eventually started typing. I didn't tell anyone at the time, but for months the file entitled "King Dork_(novel)_ms" had only the words "there's no way I can


write a whole book, absolutely no way, who am I kidding?" on it. The fact that this did turn into a sort of novel in the end continues to mystify me. So this is an acoustic recording of the song that started it all, in effect. "I'm King Dork and I want you to be my Queen..." Listen to "King Dork" "Thinking of Suicide" The narrator of King Dork, Tom Henderson, has a band and is trying to figure out how to play his guitar and how to write songs. He writes several songs through the course of the book, and I thought it might be fun actually to come up with the songs rather than just alluding to them in the text. The songs were written by me "as Tom Henderson," know what I mean? "Thinking of Suicide" is one of the first complete songs Tom writes. The title comes from an informational pamphlet for troubled teens handed out by the school. He likes the drawing of the girl on the cover. "This would make a pretty good song," he thinks: "all I had to do was give the girl a name and feel sorry for myself while pretending to be her. And figure out some lyrics and chords and stuff." This song, which incidentally ends up echoing through and complicating his family life, his social life, and his psychological life, is the result. Listen to "Thinking of Suicide" "I Wanna Ramone You" This one is a little hard to "set up," but I'll give it a shot. There are three strands all tangled up in this song. Strand A: Tom is doing research on the life and times of his mysteriously deceased father, and part of that involves poring over ancient texts like the Bible and The Catcher in the Rye. It's a long story, but in the course of this research he inadvertently learns that the French verb ramoner (which literally means "to scrub out a chimney") can be used as a sexual metaphor. As a rock and roller, he of course immediately thinks of the Ramones, and, voil, a new English euphemism for sex is born - I ramone, you ramone, he, she or it ramones... (This is useful to him, as it gives him a much cooler metaphor for sex than any of the other ones available; and it proved useful to the author, i.e., me, as well, for pretty much the same reason.) Strand B: Tom is taking Advanced French, which he describes as "a form of the French language in which only the present tense is used. Primarily employed for telling time and for describing the activities of this one guy named Jean and this other guy named Claude." So in writing his song about the timeless power of love, he decides to include some sophisticated, romantic French phrases in the lyrics. Strand C: He has this pretty big crush on a girl from a neighboring town, so he writes a song about her. (As one does in those situations.) "I Wanna Ramone You" is the result, one of his first full-on love songs. Listen to "I Wanna Ramone You"

KING-DORK  

KING DORK SUMMARY , KING DORK MOVIE , KING DORK APPROXIMATELY , KING DORK PDF , KING DORK APPROXIMATELY SUMMARY , KING DORK REVIEW , KING DO...

KING-DORK  

KING DORK SUMMARY , KING DORK MOVIE , KING DORK APPROXIMATELY , KING DORK PDF , KING DORK APPROXIMATELY SUMMARY , KING DORK REVIEW , KING DO...

Advertisement