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A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag [Paperback]

Gordon Korman
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Sept. 1 2012
A new look for a hilarious classic — nobody tells it quite like Gordon Korman!

Sean Delancey, high school basketball star, is just an ordinary, popular guy...until he meets eccentric Raymond Jardine, a boy with absolutely no luck. Although reluctant at first, Sean is drawn into Raymond's wacky scheme to secure a spot on the school-sponsored trip to Theamelpos, the fabulous Greek island that grants good luck to everyone who visits it.

Through his friendship with Raymond, Sean learns to value individuality and independent thinking. And in the book's hilarious climax, it is Sean himself who engineers the showdown between the student body and SACGEN, the principal's pet project, which is a virtually useless Solar/Air Current Generating Machine that supposedly powers the high school!

Smooth, skillful writing and an engaging cast of quirky characters will keep readers chuckling to the very end of this Korman classic.


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Sean Delancey, high school basketball star, is just an ordinary, popular guyuntil he meets eccentric Raymond Jardine, a boy with absolutely no luck. Although reluctant at first, Sean is drawn into Raymond's wacky scheme to secure a spot on the school-sponsored trip to Theamelpos, the fabulous Greek island that grants good luck to everyone who visits it. Through his friendship with Raymond, Sean learns to value individuality and independent thinking. And in the book's hilarious climax, it is Sean himself who engineers the showdown between the student body and SACGEN, the principal's pet projecta virtually useless Solar/Air Current Generating Machine that supposedly powers the high school. Smooth, skillful writing and an engaging cast of quirky characters will keep readers chuckling to the very end of this thoroughly enjoyable book. Ages 12-up.
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Praise for A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag:

"The story is a classic tale of teenage scheming, but the reader roots for Jardine to finally succeed in overcoming his string of bad luck. It's a book that teens love because it's about one of their own, and the boys' struggles, told with Korman's trademark humour, will keep readers laughing and engaged throughout." —Canadian Family

"Readers who enjoy the humour in This Can't Be Happening at MacDonald Hall will appreciate the antics in this re-released edition (originally published in 1985). Raymond and Sean are likeable, well-rounded characters who have memorable personalities and quirks." —CM Magazine


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5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious! Feb. 22 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Such a funny and well-written book, I wish G Korman wrote more books like this and the MacDonald Hall series. I enjoy his new adventure series but they just aren't the same!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Satire at its simplest. July 4 2010
By Becky
Format:Paperback
A wonderfully written book; one of the best I've read in High School. I found myself borrowing it many times; since it was so old, it still had a card on the back and not a bar code for scanning with. With this, I realize that humor does not always have to be complicated or anything related to pop culture. It can be wholly simple and just plain classic.

Genre: School life, humor
Not recommended for: People who like action, blood, horror, etc. etc. I'm a big fan of the mentioned, but there are a lot of people who I know won't get the most out of this book.

What a great book: full of quirky characters that I love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A SEMESTER IN THE LIFE OF A GARBAGE BAG March 3 2004
Format:Paperback
This book is about a teen. Sean Delancy the main person of the book. He is trying to win a trip to Theamelpos which is a Greek island. The class he is trying to win it in is English class. He must write a essay to be able to win the trip. His luck is bad. You must read the book to yourself to be able to find out if he win the trip or not. I would recomend this book to any one whose life is hard as an eleventh grader.
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars  26 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That's right, give Jardine a book that's out of print! Jan. 13 2000
By Helena Jole - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
My friend introduced me to this book many years ago. We read it out loud to each other and I have read it out loud to several people since (family, roommates....) Korman is great for zany characters but Jardine is his best. I actually found a Raymond Jardine in the phone book here in St. John's, Newfoundland, and had the strongest urge to give him a call, but I restrained myself! Korman at his very best. Love the poems. I have my own paperback copy but would love to get a hardback. Bring this one back!
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5.0 out of 5 stars stands the test of time June 28 2011
By Elif Batuman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
i loved this book at age 12, and i just reread it now - it's extremely good. raymond jardine is a top-rate literary character. i might not be able to go so far as the reviewer who called Gordon Korman "the best fiction author of the 20th and 21st centuries," but he definitely has something really special.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings a smile just hearing the title Nov. 15 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
like the previous reviewers this is possibly the funniest book I've ever read. I'm a screenwriter who briefly taught junior high English and recommended it to any student who would listen. It's a crime that it's out of print. At one point I contacted Korman about optioning it to adapt as a feature and his attorney said he was already doing that. That was five years ago. I hope he gets it made some day. It's a bona fide classic.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest July 13 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
This book is one of the greatest. Gordon Korman is, in my opinion, the best fiction author of the 20th and 21st centuries. I LOVE his books, and wish all the great old ones were back in print. I highly recommend his books to all the readers I meet. Thankfully, among my siblings and I, we have several of the old books, but I wish they were all more readily available, as we don't have some of our favorites. I don't think words can adequately express how beloved these books are; they are a delightful read. The person who decided they should go out of print must be insane or have no taste. If I were a school administrator, I would have all the children read these books, especially this one. They are a shining star among the trash that is out there today for young people.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Korman's best, but still worth reading Feb. 24 2005
By Matt Hetling - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
While this is not Korman's best work, it was the first indication that he could do something more complex, and more serious, than the Bruno and Boots series that made him famous.

Korman was one of the few authors that I looked forward to reading when I was getting too old for kids books and was still too young for adult novels. His appeal is his humor, which is sophiticated enough to appeal to jaded teens.

This book is full of that same quirky humor, which is embodied in the nonsensical poetry that is just obscure enough to sound "deep" and therefore avoid criticism:

Registration Day

On registration day at taxidermy school

I distinctly saw the eyes of the stuffed moose

Move.

The plot revolves around Sean Delancey and his trouble-courting friend Raymond Jardine, who find themselves getting sucked in deeper and deeper in an attempt to bring an obscure dead author back to life. Seemingly innocent white lies compound, until they're forced to take drastic measures to avoid severe consequences.

This book is good because the quirky characters and "prank" style action keep the pages turning, and the humorous writing doesn't get in the way of the interesting story. I wouldn't recommend that you make this your first Gordon Korman book (No Coins Please is probably a better place to start, depending on how old you are), but if you're a fan of his writing, this is another solid entry in his work.
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