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The Looney Experiment

Format: Hardcover

Availability: In stock

Quick Overview:

Humorous and heart-warming, author Luke Reynolds’s The Looney Experiment chronicles one boy’s journey through bullying, first love, and—with the help of an older than dirt and crazier than insanity itself substitute English teacher named Mr. Looney—an up-close examination of the meaning of courage.

Atticus Hobart couldn’t feel lower. He’s in love with a girl who doesn’t know he exists, he is the class bully’s personal punching bag, and to top it all off, his dad has just left the family. Into this drama steps Mr. Looney, a 77-year-old substitute English teacher with uncanny insight and a most unconventional approach to teaching. But Atticus soon discovers there’s more to Mr. Looney’s methods than he’d first thought. And as Atticus begins to unlock the truths within his own name, he finds that his hyper-imagination can help him forge his own voice, and maybe—just maybe—discover that the power to face his problems was inside him all along.

Contributor(s) Luke Reynolds
About the Contributor(s) Luke Reynolds

Luke Reynolds currently teaches seventh-grade English in the public school system in Harvard, Massachusetts. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two young boys and a young dog who is intent on waking up those young boys as often as possible. Luke is a lover of writing, running, pancakes, hiking, and all things goofy. His website is, and he blogs at His previous work includes nonfiction such as: Break These Rules: 35 YA Authors on Speaking Up, Standing Up, and Being Yourself; A Call to Creativity; and Imagine It Better: Visions of What School Might Be.

UPC 025986746421
ISBN-10 0310746426
ISBN-13 9780310746423
Release Date Aug 4, 2015
Weight (lbs) 1.4250
Height 8.75
Width 6.00
Length 208
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Blink
Price $15.99
Format Hardcover
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Jalynn
Overall Rating
When you are in middle school or high school, if you aren't popular or athletic, you are just ordinary. And it doesn't pay to be ordinary. Mainly, because others will find you uninteresting and I think Atticus figures that out right away.

Atticus is a typical 8th grader that feels he is unimportant. But before the end of this book you will see Atticus evolve into something more. It was fun watching him and reading about the journey he discovers and watching everything unfold.

Truly a very good book that I know my boys will enjoy! Geared for 11-14 years of age, perfect gift idea this holiday season! My boys ages 10 and 12 are really looking forward to reading this book. I have half a mind to keep this one for myself.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. (Posted on 11/30/2015)

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