Mister Posterior and the Genius Child

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Berkley Books, 2002 - Fiction - 296 pages
28 Reviews

A Barnes & Noble's Winter Discover New Writers pick!


Woodstock was over. The Beatles had just broken up. Sesame Street was new. And people in Cambridge, Massachusetts were getting in touch with their feelings. It was 1970, the year Vanessa Brick was picked as a Super Duper Speller for the Cambridge Harmony School. In this novel from a brilliant new voice in fiction, a now-grown Vanessa looks back on a time that was less innocent than it seemed…


I remember how it was to be eight. I remember the playground rhymes, the fierce cliques, and the girls we called “The Fu**ers.” That year was the year my mother adopted an unprecedented number of cats and dated an ardent nudist. I finally found out the truth about my father and his anti-vegetarianism; and my only close friend became a person I didn’t know. It was also the first time I was conscious of myself as a person with secrets; as a freethinking human being with something to say. Something not everyone wanted to hear.


The year I was eight I became the most notorious child in the history of the Cambridge Harmony PTA…


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Nice respite from heavy, older, prose-y books :) - Goodreads
The ending was a bit disjointed but it's forgiven. - Goodreads
And the cover art is beautiful. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Animlgrl - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book. While not a literary masterpiece, it reminds me of growing up and being in elementary school. How stupid stuff is so big and important in your mind. This book is like ... Read full review

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User Review  - Patricia - Goodreads

Who's on an E. Lockheart/Emily Jenkins kick? Me! That's who! Told from the perspective of Vanessa, a third grade girl at a private school called Cambridge Harmony, it was so chock full of solid detail ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

Emily Jenkins is the author of two previous books about Hank and Inkling. She also wrote the chapter books Toys Go Out, Toy Dance Party, and Toys Come Home, plus a lot of picture books, including Lemonade in Winter, That New Animal, and Skunkdog. She bakes excellent pumpkin bread and, when swimming, wears a purple swim cap and blue goggles.

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