Malcolm the Klutz
by Geraldine Ryan Lush
Grades 2-5, age 7-10
Full pages, lamibonded cover
16 b/w illustrations
Malcolm wants to go the party at Mooney's house. But he hates dancing, and has a major problem with The Asking Of The Girl Thing. What Malcolm doesn't know is that Mooney has a plan. A plan with disastrous results. Will Malcolm Kirsten Wall be ... GROSS... the biggest klutz of all, or, as his Mom decides, the coolest dude in town.
Rather then condescending to children, Ryan-Lush endeavours to get inside their minds and hearts, and speak to them
within the realm of their language and experience. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the adventures of the very real and irrepressible everytown kid, Malcolm Kirsten Wall:
At an easily handled 55 pages in length, these books are indeed a "novel" experience for readers grades 2-5. Energetic and age appropriate, they are uniquely crafted and developed to introduce, and incite the child, to the exciting new adventure of reading a whole novel independently. A hallmark of this series is the writing tone and approach, directly from the child's perspective, in breezy, first person "diary-forrn" that ensures the child is drawn in, and destined to keep reading.
Proponents of the series have described these titles as having an attractive, zippy energy and humour, as well doing a worthwhile service to young readership .
"Obviously special... the result of Ryan-Lush's desire to help children make the transition from the picture books of infancy to the novels of young readerhood. They cater to their readership down to the minute details... sucessfully bridge the gap... for children who are just getting into reading but not ready for the dynamics of a longer novel... avoids overwhelming her young readers with too many characters and sub-plots ... scenarios are fitted to the age group and are very identifiable with their problems... peer pressure ... some of them are funny, some of them are kind of poignant... there's an inherent lesson that they learn, but it's all done in an entertaining way.. As an award-winning children's author. Ryan-Lush had the perfect solution... create a series of books specifically tailored to be a child's first novel..."
About the Author
Geraldine Ryan Lush was born and raised in St. Joseph's, St. Mary's Bay, Nfld. A former teacher, she recieved her B.A. (Ed.) from Memorial University of Nfld and besides four successful children's books, has written numerous articles, poetry, short stories, and many other children's stories published in local and national publications. Her work has been on the American Bookseller's "Pick Of The Lists" and starred reviewed in the prestigious School Library Journal, New York; among prolific, countless other positive reviews
in French and English, from popular and literary sources all over. A profile of Geraldine and her work recently appeared
in an American reference source citated for excellence by the American Library Association. Besides other honours, she
has been awarded major writing grants from the NFLAC and the Canada Council for the Arts, to further her work, particularly the highly appealing Malcolm K. Wall series. Geraldine lives in St. John's.