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SCRATCH AND SNIFFS
New York : HarperTrophy, 1997.
IL 3-6, RL 5.5
is the newly elected leader of the He-Man Women Haters Club. (They
don’t really hate women, but “He-Man Women Haters Club sounds a lot tougher
than He-Man Couldn’t-Get-a-Date-if-We-Wanted-to Club.”) After surveying
his little group of losers, Wolfgang decides the club needs some new blood.
Then, he meets Scratch, a guitar-playing (and I use the phrase loosely)
ruffian. When the other club members meet Scratch, they let him in
and decide to form a band. They come up with a cool name, Scratch
and the Sniffs, but there is one big problem…none of them knows a thing
about music. So, here’s how the band lines up: Scratch wails
on the guitar (and not in a good way); Steven, also known as Chesthair
(he has thirty-six of them) plays snare drum and toms; Jerome, the supreme
nerd, plays tambourine and triangle (the nerdy instruments, in case you
were wondering); Ling-Ling, an Elton John wannabe complete with rhinestone
glasses and weird, multicolored clothes, plays bass drum; Killer, whose
real name is Cecil, plays a washboard and a jug; and Wolfgang, a wheelchair-bound
egomaniac, decides to sing. We’ve got one actual (or sort of) musician,
three percussionists, a not-too-bright hillbilly, and a singer who is hiding
a terrible, horrible, musical secret. Will Wolfgang’s secret be revealed
when the band gets its first gig? Is the band even any good?
Find out when you read Scratch and the Sniffs, the third book in the He-Man
Women Haters Club series by Chris Lynch. (Kelly L. Knight,
School of Library and Information Science, Columbia, SC)
Bands (Music) -- Fiction.
Clubs -- Fiction.
Physically handicapped -- Fiction.
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