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Zen and the Art of Faking It

Sonnenblick, Jordan (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Zen and the Art of Faking It
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When thirteen-year-old San Lee moves to a new town and school for the umpteenth time, he is looking for a way to stand out when his knowledge of Zen Buddhism, gained in his previous school, provides the answer--and the need to quickly become a convincing Zen master.
Authors: Sonnenblick, Jordan
Title: Zen and the art of faking it
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 264 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: When thirteen-year-old San Lee moves to a new town and school for the umpteenth time, he is looking for a way to stand out when his knowledge of Zen Buddhism, gained in his previous school, provides the answer--and the need to quickly become a convincing Zen master.
Audience: 840
Local Note: Accelerated Reader AR 52 10070
Reading Counts RC 50 10130
ISBN: 9780439837071
0439837073
Statement of Responsibility: Jordan Sonnenblick
Study Program: Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.2 7.0 Quiz: 118707.
Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.0 13.0 Quiz: 42081.
Subject Headings: Identity Fiction. Middle schools Fiction. Schools Fiction. Zen Buddhism Fiction. Asian Americans Fiction. Pennsylvania Fiction.
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction.
Topical Term: Identity
Middle schools
Schools
Zen Buddhism
Asian Americans
LCCN: 2006028841
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Mar 03, 2013
  • oscargoat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

really good novel specially relate to Asian boy I think~ great humour

Jul 25, 2012
  • lindiwood rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Sonnenblick really does have his pulse on the middle school boy. This parable of a boy trying to fit in by being different isn't as good as his other novels, but it was entertaining enough. Or that could be the insomnia talking.

May 26, 2012
  • renheart115 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

San's hilarious. The idea of pretending to be a Zen master is the funniest thing ever :P

Jun 02, 2011
  • Drpepper4ever rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Quite impressed with this novel. Fun to read and a cute story with a lot of humor. Always made you wonder "How's he going to get out of this one?" I also liked that even though there were intense things talked about, it wasn't the central focus and didn't ruin the atmosphere of the novel. Quite good.

Dec 29, 2009
  • Brandon97_ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really like the humor and the twist in the book. The book also provided some thoughts on Zen Buddhism which was a nice touch for the book. I find Sonnenblick a great author after I read "Zen and the Art of Faking It". I really like this book and I'm sure that many other teens and adults will find this book enjoying. I believe that this book will be winning a YRCA award with little difficulty.

Nov 15, 2009
  • geoffman1984 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book for its raw and wry sense of humor that I did not expect to be found in a teen fiction novel. There are some really insightful lessons on Zen Buddhism and Buddhism in general which I found to provide great insights for any age, let alone teens. However, this book does not to push any beliefs on teens. Rather, it simply touches on alternative values and thoughts, echoing the reminder that there is more to life than possessions and earthly attachments.

If there is going to be a new fad based on the popularity of reading a teen fiction book, I would hope that they are based on Jordan Sonneblick’s Zen and the Art of Faking It. It would be nice to see teens competing in a popularity contest for who can be the most mindful and charitable person at their junior high school.

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Jun 02, 2011
  • Drpepper4ever rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Drpepper4ever thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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