Defense of Thaddeus A. Ledbetter
  • Imprint: Amulet Books
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2010
  • Price: $14.95
  • Trim Size: 5 12 x 8 14
  • ISBN: 0-8109-8977-8
  • EAN: 9780810989771
  • Page Count: 240
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rights: World/All
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Designed like a case file, chock-full of notes, journal entries, letters, e-mails, illustrations, and more, The Defense of Thaddeus A. Ledbetter is a hilarious middle-grade novel that argues why Thaddeus should be released from his in-school suspension and explains the unbelievable circumstances that led to his punishment. Like Adrian Mole and the Great Brain, Thaddeus is a too-smart-for-his-own-good hero. Soon readers will be chanting, “Free Thaddeus!”

Praise for The Defense of Thaddeus A. Ledbetter

"This original and entertaining book, with its smarty-pants narrator and case-file format, will draw comparisons to the Wimpy Kid series." —Booklist

"It won't take long for readers to realize that Thaddeus is as weird and annoying as the students and faculty think he is, but there is something endearing about him, too, as readers will glean from the lively assemblage of documents." -Kirkus Reviews

"Hilarious situations told by a memorable narrator in a unique format." -VOYA

"It has the same sassy, irreverent spirit as Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series but will appeal to a slightly older crowd. The format makes it an enjoyable choice for everyone, including reluctant readers." -School Library Journal

"It won't take long for readers to realize that Thaddeus is as weird and annoying as the students and faculty think he is, but there is something endearing about him, too, as readers will glean from the lively assemblage of documents." -Kirkus Reviews

"Readers who lean toward graphic novels will appreciate the unconventional format and look of this book." -Library Media Connection

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About the author

John Gosselink is an English teacher who has taught students from seventh grade up to the university level. He has written a weekly humor column for his local paper for more than a decade. This is his first book. He lives with his wife (a librarian) and their three kids outside Austin, Texas. Visit his blog at www.thaddeusledbetter.blogspot.com.