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Overweight Bobby Marks hates the summertime because he can't hide under heavy clothing. Then he gets a job grooming the grounds of Dr. Kahn's estate, and it isn't long before he finds out how terrifying and exhilirating, how dangerous and wonderful, one fat summer can be. ALA Best of the Best Books (YA); New York Times Oustanding Children's Book. Young Adult.
Robert Lipsyte graduated from Columbia University and began working as a copy boy for the sports section of the "New York Times." Soon afterwards, he had his own sports column and eventually a television program, "The Eleventh Hour." As host of that program, he met boxing manager Cus D'Amato and it was this meeting that prompted Lipsyte to write his first young adult novel, THE CONTENDER, which is about boxing. Lipsyte waited 10 years before publishing his next work for young adults, ONE FAT SUMMER, which was a reflection on his own childhood and was followed by two sequels--SUMMER RULES and THE SUMMERBOY. In 1991 he returned to the world of boxing with THE BRAVE, which reintroduced the character of Albert Brooks, who readers first met in THE CONTENDER nearly 25 years earlier. In 2001, Lipsyte was named the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.
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Sick of being ridiculed and embarrassed by his body, 14-year-old Bobby Marks decides to take action. This summer, instead of lying around like a blimp, he takes the job of mowing the lawn for the demanding Dr. Kahn. This exhausting job does the trick, and the newly slim Bobby develops enough of a sense of self-respect to enable him to stand up to his father.
Two-hundred pound Bobby Marks hated summers because he couldn't hide his fat body in heavy clothes until the year he decided to get a job and a strange combination of events changes his life.