King DorkPaperback - 2008
When Tom Henderson finds his dead father's copy of J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye , his world is turned upside down. Suddenly high school gets more complicated: Tom (aka King Dork) finds himself in the middle of mysteries involving dead people, naked people, fake people, a secret code, girls, and rock and roll. As he goes through sophomore year, he finds clues that may very well solve the puzzle of his father's death and--oddly--reveal the secret to attracting semi-hot girls. (The secret might be being in a band, if he can find a drummer who can count to four.)
This unruly cult classic features song lyrics throughout and now includes a glossary and a bandography. And look for the sequel, King Dork Approximtely , available now.
Praise for King Dork:
"Basically, if you are a human being with even a vague grasp of the English language, King Dork will rock your world." --John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars
"[No account of high school] has made me laugh more than King Dork. . . . Grade A."-- Entertainment Weekly
"Impossibly brilliant."-- Time
"Provides a window into what it would be like if Holden Caulfield read The Catcher in the Rye."-- New York Post
"Loaded with sharp and offbeat humor."-- USA Today
"Original, heartfelt, and sparkling with wit and intelligence. This novel will linger long in readers' memories."-- School Library Journal, Starred Review
"A biting and witty high-school satire."-- Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"Tom's narration is piercingly satirical and acidly witty."-- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred Review
"King Dork is smart, funny, occasionally raunchy and refreshingly clear about what it's like to be in high school."-- San Francisco Chronicle
" King Dork : Best Punk Rock Book Ever."-- The Village Voice
"I love this book as much as I hated high school, and that's some of the highest praise I can possibly give."-- Bookslut.com
From Library Staff
CRRL_CraigGraziano Jul 16, 2015
What's most impressive is how Portman builds an entire social ecosystem of losers, bullies, populars, and stoners and their behavior toward each other. The book's humor is scathing and its hormones are raging. As a mystery, King Dork is intriguing and, as a coming-of-age novel, it is absolutely s... Read More »
CRRL_CraigGraziano May 19, 2015
Tom Henderson attempts to navigate high school while also solving the mystery of his father's death with an encoded copy of The Catcher in the Rye in this debut by Mr. T Experience frontman Frank Portman.
CRRL_CraigGraziano May 06, 2015
Tom Henderson discovers a clue in his dead father's copy of The Catcher in the Rye that leads to conspiracies, make-outs, and the greatest concert ever.
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Refer to p. 144-6 for the full context of the quote. This is from Advanced French: "...Therefore, my little friend," she said quietly and with a sad smile, "all the world very much loves the automobile who calls himself a cat." "You are correct," I said hopelessly. "I am enchanted. Our little green hat is orange on the head of this very interesting horse."
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