Do you have someone in your life who cannot take anything seriously - everything is a joke to them? Or are you someone who laughs about everything?
Sometimes it is okay to joke, but sometimes we need those around us to be serious.
Gary W. Boone, the main character in Louis Sachar's Dogs Don't Tell Jokes, wants more than anything to be a stand-up comic. He signs up for the school talent show, but he finds that everyone around him is sick and tired of his constant joking around. He only has one friend and she has moved to a different school. When it seems that the joke will be on Gary, can he turn things around?
In this story, Gary learns a lot about himself and he sees how annoying he is when he can never take anything seriously. Gary shows bravery, courage, and creativity in discovering himself. If you've ever felt like the odd man out or just an incredibly misfit teen, you will relate to this book.
Gary has a pretty amazing imaginary friend. He also has real life people who care about him.
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