The McGillicuddy Book of Personal Records

The McGillicuddy Book of Personal Records

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Nominated - Silver Birch Fiction Award, 2012

This is an extraordinary story about a 13-year-old boy named Lee who loves setting personal and odd records. He's obsessed by them in fact - from tracing the annual public marathon with his dog Santiago to bouncing a basketball in the school playground for 12 hours straight with no one around - but he's not interested in going public with them.

Along the way Lee collects famous quotes from all manner of famous people whose lives and words have encouraged him - and provided inspiration during trying times. In addition he sees himself as the director of the definitive movie about his life, focusing on the light and dark moments he experiences as he seeks a raison d'etre for his life.

Above all, he seeks to escape being ordinary, and when he's confronted with the greatest challenge of his young life - saving his pesky friend from certain death - his strength of character and purpose demonstrate that he is anything but ordinary.

Publisher: Markham, ON : Red Deer Press, c2010.
ISBN: 9780889954342
Branch Call Number: J FIC Sydor
Characteristics: 221 p. : ill.


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Jul 13, 2012

I haven't read this book, but i know it's great. it's wonderful. everyone should have a book of personal records, whoever they are. maybe your personal record is 100 beers. great! maybe your personal record is going to work every day for ten f****** years. Wow! that's a record to be proud of.
so, whoever you are, whether mcgillicuddy or mcgilligan, mactavish or mactovarisch, keep track of your personal records.

Apr 18, 2012

Lee never gave up on his personal records. He was gonna be in the world record book!

Apr 16, 2012

My friend read the first chapter of the book, and then she just couldn't read anymore. But once you read the first few chapters, you really do get addicted. My #1 favourite part was at the end when... I don't want to give it away... when someone saves someone.

Do you ever wonder what would happen after the story ends? (Does Lee pull a team of reindeer to the north pole or something like that?)

Apr 16, 2012

its a good book

Apr 12, 2012

This was a very funny book. I really enjoyed it.

Apr 11, 2012

This book sounds great! I cannot wait to read this novel! Lee sounds like an amazing character, and very competitive.

Mar 24, 2012

I understand that one of the messages of the book was that everybody has a place in the world and you can do so much and everybody's talented at something, but I think that the whole personal records thing just sets me off. I view it as sort of pointless. Maybe the authour could've led up to the main message with something different, and then it would've been better.

Mar 21, 2012


Mar 15, 2012

My connection is that Lee think his life is like a movie and I admit that when i was small i thought like Lee too i also made up these random things i used think in my head,i also thought about writing books or making a movie what my life is ad has been and it just reminds me of the past when I was a kid.

Mar 03, 2012

not done the book but i think the book is really funny.

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Jan 28, 2012

Is it a scary story?

Dec 09, 2011

it's not whether you get knocked down its wherther you get back up

-Vince Lombardi

(this is from the book)

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SPL_Childrens Oct 14, 2011

Thirteen-year-old Lee McGillicuddy is all too aware of his many weaknesses and shortcomings. He isn’t good at basketball despite his height; he’s not a runner or a soccer player due to his asthma; he has no musical or artistic ability, and his marks at school are nothing to brag about. Lately, he’s becoming aware that he doesn’t know how to talk to girls either – instead, he gets completely tongue-tied.
However, Lee suspects that there’s something that sets everyone apart in some way – he just needs to discover what his special quality is! This is why Lee drives himself to set challenging records – his own personal records. Sometimes these challenges are a little goofy. Can he dribble a basketball for twelve straight hours? How many jumping jacks can he do at one time? How many famous sayings can he remember? Achieving these challenges is important to Lee.
On a bicycle ride with his best friend one afternoon, Lee’s friend has a sudden accident, and until help can arrive many hours later, Lee must meet a new personal challenge in endurance, determination and resourcefulness. Unfortunately, there’s nothing “goofy” about this challenge – it’s a life and death situation. It’s the most difficult effort that he has ever had to make. When it’s finally over, many hours later, and his friend is safe, Lee McGillicuddy knows that he has excelled at something in a most unlikely way.
Colleen Sydor’s sensitively-written novel is inspiring and at times, humorous, featuring a very likeable young man who is anything but ordinary. Set in Winnipeg, where the author lives, the story is told as a film, interspersed with set directions such as “Roll camera”, “Fade out” and “Zoom in”. It’s an effective technique, appealing to teens and allowing various points of view and scenes to occur simultaneously.


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