Funerals and Fly Fishing

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Henry Holt and Company (BYR), May 26, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 160 pages
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I start up the street toward my grandfather's house. Just how weird is it that I, Brad Stanislawski, am walking toward a funeral home of my own free will?

Where do you fit in when you're oversized, underappreciated, and faced with a name like Stanislawski?

Brad Stanislawski is looking forward to summer vacation, if only to get away from the classmates who make fun of his size (it's not his fault he's so tall) and his last name (Stan-is-lousy being their moniker of choice). So when Brad's mother announces that she's taking a summer vacation by herself and sending Brad across the country to stay with his estranged grandfather-who happens to be an undertaker-Brad thinks life couldn't possibly get any worse. Still, as Brad ought to know, first impressions can be deceiving, and a name can hold a lot more than embarrassment.

What exactly does it mean to be Brad Stanislawski? In this thoughtful, funny first novel, Brad (with a little help from his grandfather) is about to find out for himself.

Funerals and Fly Fishing is a 2005 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.


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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An unexpected summer visit leads a lonely boy to uncover his roots and discover himself in this amusing, touching first-person narrative. As sixth grade ends, only-child Brad Stanislawski anticipates ... Read full review

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Title Page 1 The Last Day of School
Problems and Prizes
A Change of Plans
The Trip
The Stanislawski Funeral Home
Wallace Corners Pennsylvania
The Baseball Game
The Bag of Scalps
The Climb
Following the Leader
The Bookshelf
Stanislawski the Great
My Chance at the Fish
Getting Ready for the Festival

My Grandfather Explains the Scalp
The Art of Tying Flies
The Phone in the Night
Moms News
The House
St Marys Festival
Trying Our Luck
The Hospital

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About the author (2009)

Mary Bartek is a teacher for the "gifted and talented," as well as a school librarian and an award-winning journalist. Ms. Bartek lives in Centennial, Colorado, with her family. Funerals and Fly Fishing is her first novel for young readers.

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