Zen and the Art of Faking It

Zen and the Art of Faking It

Book - 2009
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When thirteen-year-old San Lee moves to a new town and school for the umpteenth time, he is looking for a way to stand out when his knowledge of Zen Buddhism, gained in his previous school, provides the answer--and the need to quickly become a convincing Zen master.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Scholastic, 2009, c2007.
ISBN: 9780439837095
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Sonne
Characteristics: 264 p.


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Mar 03, 2013

really good novel specially relate to Asian boy I think~ great humour

Jul 25, 2012

Sonnenblick really does have his pulse on the middle school boy. This parable of a boy trying to fit in by being different isn't as good as his other novels, but it was entertaining enough. Or that could be the insomnia talking.

May 26, 2012

San's hilarious. The idea of pretending to be a Zen master is the funniest thing ever :P

Jun 02, 2011

Quite impressed with this novel. Fun to read and a cute story with a lot of humor. Always made you wonder "How's he going to get out of this one?" I also liked that even though there were intense things talked about, it wasn't the central focus and didn't ruin the atmosphere of the novel. Quite good.

Brandon97_ Dec 29, 2009

I really like the humor and the twist in the book. The book also provided some thoughts on Zen Buddhism which was a nice touch for the book. I find Sonnenblick a great author after I read "Zen and the Art of Faking It". I really like this book and I'm sure that many other teens and adults will find this book enjoying. I believe that this book will be winning a YRCA award with little difficulty.

Nov 15, 2009

I enjoyed this book for its raw and wry sense of humor that I did not expect to be found in a teen fiction novel. There are some really insightful lessons on Zen Buddhism and Buddhism in general which I found to provide great insights for any age, let alone teens. However, this book does not to push any beliefs on teens. Rather, it simply touches on alternative values and thoughts, echoing the reminder that there is more to life than possessions and earthly attachments.

If there is going to be a new fad based on the popularity of reading a teen fiction book, I would hope that they are based on Jordan Sonneblick’s Zen and the Art of Faking It. It would be nice to see teens competing in a popularity contest for who can be the most mindful and charitable person at their junior high school.

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Jun 02, 2011

Drpepper4ever thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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