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Losing Joe's Place [School & Library Binding]

Gordon Korman
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Oct. 1 1991
Jason's going to have the summer of his life — as long as he doesn't lose Joe's place.

Sixteen-year-old Jason is looking forward to spending the summer in the big city with his friends Don and Ferguson. They've convinced their parents to let them sublet Jason's older brother Joe's apartment in Toronto. All they have to do is pay the rent each month and not, under ANY circumstance, put Joe in jeopardy of losing his lease. Easier said than done.

What they didn't count on was dealing with Joe's eccentric landlord, Mr. Plotnick, or his strange friend, Rootbeer. And they certainly weren't expecting Joe's Camaro to be mistaken for a stolen car and get towed away. One crisis after another conspires to ruin their summer, but with Gordon Korman's trademark wit the journey is guaranteed to be both inventive and hilarious.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Grade 6-9-- The summer before their senior year, Jason and his friends Don and Ferguson get a golden opportunity to declare their independence by subletting Jason's older brother Joe's Toronto apartment. All the boys have to do--after convincing their skeptical parents to let them try this experiment--is to pay the rent each month. But they hadn't yet met their landlord, Mr. Plotnick, who also owns the deli below. And they hadn't known about Joe's friend Rootbeer, who wanders in and out of the apartment at will, who is enormous and eccentric, and whose attention span is so limited that he develops a new, increasingly bizarre hobby every day. And they hadn't figured on Plotnick's back trouble and their own involvement--so to speak--in managing the deli. Nor had they contemplated that Joe's Camaro, part of the sublet deal, would be mistakenly identified as a stolen car and be towed away. And much, much more. Surprisingly, it's not the quick twists and turns of the farcical plot that keep this very funny story moving. It's Jason's spirited narrative, his self-effacing sense of humor, and his finely tuned ear for the ridiculous that make these unbelievable antics work and create characters from these caricatures. Young readers will either put this down early with a groan--or, more likely, they'll speed through, slowed down only by uncontrollable laughing fits. --Jack Forman, Mesa College Library, San Diego
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"This zany romp through a city summer is proof again of Gordon Korman's prolific talent ... fast paced with great characters and full of unbelievable events that we would all like to believe possible!" — CM Reviews --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Losing Joes Place March 1 2004
By Bob
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Losing Joe's Place was a pretty good book. It seemed like everytime you turned the page something new happened.
It is about these three boys who leave for the summer to live in the big city. They are able to stay at a friend's borther's apartment. Once they arrive at the apartment complex they find out its nothing like they imagined. First of all the apartment complex is located in a dull and dumpy part of the city. Then they meet their landlord Plotnick, which is not a pleasant experience. He is a grumpy older man who has a major attitude problem. which is not a pleasant experience. After they are all settled in their apartment they go out for the night and have a good time, but in the morning they find out that they have a very large bill. After paying the bill they are flat broke. The boys get a job at Plastics Unlimited. One of the three boys figure out a way to design an automatic feeder system. So that eliminated the need for feeders, the other 2 boys. The boys spend most of their summer jumping from job to job.
Throughout the book the three boys have little feuds with the landlord, Plotnick.
The three friends conquer obstacles everyday such as finding their stolen car or paying a hefty bill. But whatever it is it will keep you turning the pages.
I would definitely recommend this book to younger people, though adults would have fun reading it also.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK Nov. 25 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Losing Joe's Place was the best book I ever read. I thought it was the best book because it was three boys who had and apartment to themselves for the whole summer and they end up messing up everything. It was funny to see them mess up the apartment they were in, not get the girls, and not even have enough money to pay the rent. Not only was that funny but when they first got to the apartment it was nothing they expected. They thought it was going to be beautiful and big but it was in the ghetto area, one room apartment, over a deli, and the paint was peeling off.

When reading this book I did not lose interest once. Every page you turn there is something happening that makes you want to read what's going to happen next. The author was going from bar fights to two guys going out with the same girl at once and it just grabbed my attention. Not only were the events in the book making me want to read more, but also the characters.

Out of the three characters I liked Don the best. I liked Don because he tried to get all the women but was never successful but he never had a negative attitude. Ferguson and Jason would always say we have no chance but Don would also be the one who said we do have a chance. Also I liked Don because he was the leader of the group and he took charge of everything. The author did a very good job in creating the characters. I liked all three of them but Don more than the others.

In conclusion Losing Joe's Place was a very good book. I learned many things from reading this book. For example don't take two friends with you if one of the friends hates the other. This caused many problems in the book and instead of Jason's plan to get them to be better friends they ended up hating each other more and more. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a humorous book or a book about teenagers. If I loved this book I think everyone would love it too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Written Critique on Losing Joe's Place Nov. 25 2002
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Losing Joe's Place was the best book I ever read. I thought it was the best book because it was three boys who had and apartment to themselves for the whole summer and they end up messing up everything. It was funny to see them mess up the apartment they were in, not get the girls, and not even have enough money to pay the rent. Not only was that funny but when they first got to the apartment it was nothing they expected. They thought it was going to be beautiful and big but it was in the ghetto area, one room apartment, over a deli, and the paint was peeling off.

When reading this book I did not lose interest once. Every page you turn there is something happening that makes you want to read what's going to happen next. The author was going from bar fights to two guys going out with the same girl at once and it just grabbed my attention. Not only were the events in the book making me want to read more, but also the characters.

Out of the three characters I liked Don the best. I liked Don because he tried to get all the women but was never successful but he never had a negative attitude. Ferguson and Jason would always say we have no chance but Don would also be the one who said we do have a chance. Also I liked Don because he was the leader of the group and he took charge of everything. The author did a very good job in creating the characters. I liked all three of them but Don more than the others.

In conclusion Losing Joe's Place was a very good book. I learned many things from reading this book. For example don't take two friends with you if one of the friends hates the other. This caused many problems in the book and instead of Jason's plan to get them to be better friends they ended up hating each other more and more. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a humorous book or a book about teenagers. If I loved this book I think everyone would love it too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome Book! Dec 3 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Three 17 year old teenagers have the best summer of their lives in the book Losing Joe's Place written by Gordon Korman. I loved this book because of the characters the author created, because of how the author described each place and situation, and I especially liked this book because of the conflict: 3 teenagers having to find jobs to pay for an apartment and to survive in the big city of Toronto. The strongest reason why I liked this book is because I think the author gave very good descriptions. He described the setting very well mentioning that in a very big city the 3 teenagers ended up having and apartment in the poorest part of the city. The author gives very specific details that can make you picture the scene in your mind. He says the teenagers arrive at Pit Street 1, they look around surprised. Then the car stops in front of a very ugly building. The author described how the building seemed to be built many many years ago and how the street was covered with trash. The author also describes the situation at a Toronto nightclub very well. He describes how in the club the boys could hear so many noises and not understand a thing. How the dance floor was covered with people and he describes how one of the boys faces the situation of having dropped a bowl of ice cream on a girl's head. The sound of the braking glass and the club being silent for a moment, the teenagers faces going red. There were many good descriptions. Jason, Don, and Ferguson arrive in Toronto thinking this will be the easiest summer of their lives: no parents, no rules, no problems. But they are disappointed when they find out where the apartment is located and how hard they are going to have to work to survive in the big city of Toronto. Read more ›
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