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Death by Toilet Paper

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Death by Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart

Once again, Donna Gephart delivers a funny, heartwarming and wholly original tale of a boy who faces some real challenges: the death of a parent, the threat of eviction, the cruelty of a bully, and his grandfather’s Alzheimer’s disease. In trademark Gephart style, the seriousness of these issues is balanced with humor and optimism. Ben, the likable main character, pins his hopes on winning a contest with his witty slogans for toilet paper to avoid eviction from the apartment he shares with his mom and his grandfather. A quirky best friend named Toothpick and a spunky senior neighbor show Ben true friendship when the tough going gets even tougher. This book will make you laugh out loud; the scene with the dentures is HYSTERICAL! Be prepared to get a little verklempt, too, especially if you have recently experienced the loss of a loved one. Gephart should also be commended for her deft depiction of Jewish characters, something which is hard to find in books for middle grade readers. I will recommend this one to fans of Wendy Mass.

This review was reposted from Jen Kleinknecht at Goodreads


Author: Tammy Fry

I am the mother of four great kids, the Coordinator of OBOB at Springville K-8, an enthusiastic school volunteer, a former full-time teacher and an avid reader!

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