Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Death by Toilet Paper, by Donna Gephart

Death by Toilet PaperSummary: Welcome the adventures of a contest-crazed seventh grader who uses his wits and way with words in hopes of winning a big cash prize to help his family avoid eviction.  Good toilet paper was the first thing to go.  Benjamin is about to lose a whole lot more than good toilet paper. But even with his flair for clever slogans, will he be able to win a cash prize large enough to keep a promise he made to his dad before he died?



3 thoughts on “Death by Toilet Paper, by Donna Gephart

  1. I think this one is strong possibility for the Mock Newberry. The title is unusual and makes it seem like it might just be silly, but it is an amazing read. The feel of the characters and emotions were Newbery worthy. I could really relate to the main character. This is my pick of the books I’ve read so far.

  2. This is one of the best books I’ve read so far this year. It had a very good writing style that sucked you into the story and you could easily relate to the character’s feelings. The title was very silly, but kind of related to the story because the plot has a lot of toilet paper involved. The main character is writing to a TP company and enters a contest that could help all their family’s money problems. And get them a ten year supply of soft toilet paper, not the (sand)paper his family is being forced to buy now. This is a very addicting book that just might win the Mock Newbery award.

  3. The title of this book led me to believe that this would be a silly, fun, easy-to-read book. However, that was not altogether true.
    This book is surprisingly deep for one titled “Death by Toilet Paper.” The main character, Benjamin, whose father died about a year before the story starts, loves to enter sweepstakes to try to win coupons and prize money to help his struggling family. When he hears word that Royal-T Toilet Paper Company is having a sweepstakes, with $10,000 as the grand prize, Benjamin decides to enter. At the same time, his elderly grandfather, who has memory problems, moves in with Benjamin and his mother in their apartment, which presents new worries.
    I did enjoy reading this book and I would recommend it for sixth grade and up; however, this book is not my Mock Newbery winner.

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