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Author: Bob Balaban Narrator: Bob Balaban Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Creature from the Seventh Grade Series Release Date: August 2013 ISBN: 9781101616888
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Charlie’s problems have gotten monstrously big…

There's a thief in town, and all signs point to twelve-year-old Charlie Drinkwater. Once you spontaneously morph into a giant mutant dinosaur in the middle of the school day, people will suspect you of just about anything. Charlie's principal decides that all he needs is a little discipline, so they make him join the swim team. The only problem is, Charlie is terrified of the water. (He's terrified of a lot of things.) Charlie and his friends vow to apprehend the real criminal and clear Charlie's name. Otherwise he’ll have to stay on the swim team for the rest of his life or eternity—whichever comes first.

“The amiable drollery…carries it a long way.”—The New York Times on Boy or Beast


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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bob Balaban does it all (really he does). He directs, acts, and writes funny (really he does). In my opinion, this book is a monsterpiece.”

    Henry Winkler

  • “The amiable drollery of The Creature from the Seventh Grade carries it a long way.”

    New York Times

  • “A very funny and insightful exploration of what it means to be the real you.”

    Julianne Moore

  • “Bob Balaban knows this world so well…you might think this actually happened to him…read it and you’ll see!”

    Whoopi Goldberg

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About the Author

Bob Balaban is the author of the McGrowl series for young readers, and he has appeared in nearly one hundred movies, including Midnight Cowboy, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Waiting for Guffman, and Moonrise Kingdom. He has been nominated for an Oscar, a Tony, four Emmys, a Producers Guild Award, two Directors Guild Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, one of which he won for his appearance in Gosford Park, a film he also produced. A Chicago native, he now lives in Bridgehampton, New York.