Don't Call Me Ishmael

Don't Call Me Ishmael

Michael Gerard Bauer / Feb 18, 2020

Don t Call Me Ishmael By the time ninth grade begins Ishmael Leseur knows it won t be long before Barry Bagsley the class bully says Ishmael What kind of wussy crap name is that Ishmael s perfected the art of making hi

  • Title: Don't Call Me Ishmael
  • Author: Michael Gerard Bauer
  • ISBN: 9780061348341
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Hardcover
  • By the time ninth grade begins, Ishmael Leseur knows it won t be long before Barry Bagsley, the class bully, says, Ishmael What kind of wussy crap name is that Ishmael s perfected the art of making himself virtually invisible But all that changes when James Scobie joins the class Unlike Ishmael, James has no sense of fear he claims it was removed during an operation.By the time ninth grade begins, Ishmael Leseur knows it won t be long before Barry Bagsley, the class bully, says, Ishmael What kind of wussy crap name is that Ishmael s perfected the art of making himself virtually invisible But all that changes when James Scobie joins the class Unlike Ishmael, James has no sense of fear he claims it was removed during an operation.Now nothing will stop James and Ishmael from taking on bullies, bugs, and Moby Dick, in the toughest, weirdest, most embarrassingly awful and the best year of their lives.

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      • Michael Gerard Bauer

        Michael Gerard Bauer was born in Brisbane After surviving school, he attended the University of Queensland where he enjoyed the social life while making brief and half hearted appearances in a variety of courses.These included Commercial Law and Social Work where he quickly discovered he was neither lawyer nor social worker material Finally, like everyone else who didn t have a clue what they were, he enrolled in Arts.After completing his Arts degree with a triple major in English Literature, Michael enrolled in a Diploma of Education, abandoned his fantasy of becoming the next Bob Dylan and became a teacher instead.For a number of years Michael taught English and Economics at secondary schools in the Brisbane Ipswich area but now he devotes himself to full time writing, school visits and Festival appearances although he still does a pretty mean impression of Bob Dylan on guitar.In 2003 he won the inaugural Writesmall short story competition at the Brisbane Writers Festival In 2004 his first novel for young adults The Running Man was published by Omnibus.His second novel, DON T CALL ME ISHMAEL was published by Omnibus in April 2006 It is a comedy set in an all boys school The sequel, ISHMAEL AND THE RETURN OF THE DUGONGS was published in October 2007.Michael s latest book Dinosaur Knights , April 2009 is a sci fi adventure novel suitable for upper primary and lower secondary readers It tells the story of a giant flesh eating dinosaur which lost in the Middle Ages following a failed scientific experiment Dinosaur Knights is an exciting fantasy adventure that will set the blood racing, the heart pounding and the chain mail rattling.Today Michael lives with his family near the beautiful Brisbane suburb of Ashgrove the setting for THE RUNNING MAN It is the suburb in which he grew up, where he went to school, where he spent several years teaching, where he met his wife and where, only a few streets away from his present house, in what used to be a private hospital, he was born.Sometimes Michael thinks he should get out .


    1. 3.5 stars.“One of the Beatles had just fallen out of my pants.I was pretty sure it was Ringo.”A conversation.A heated debate.Jo -So, I really enjoyed this book. It was full of colourful characters, hilarious dialogue and ridiculous (and fun!) situations, this book will definitely appeal to middle-grade readers. However I couldn’t help but think that there were some jokes that went on a bit longer than they should of. I imagine my face was similar to the face I pull when my granddad, my col [...]

    2. I enjoyed this immensely from start to finish. The plot was by no means unconventional but the writing was so fantastic that I hardly noticed. The narrator's 'voice' was so vivid and he told his story with such a dramatic, humorous, theatrical flourish that you felt like his troubles with the school bully and insecurities about girls and public speaking were bigger news than WWII.I immediately guessed that the writer was a high school teacher, and sure enough, a quick check of the 'about the aut [...]

    3. 'Don't Call Me ISHMAEL' is a good book and I enjoyed reading through it. The book was good because at the end of most chapters it had a little comment that made you want to keep reading. These included things like 'But I was wrong' which always made me want t read one more page. The book has some humourous points that made me chuckle in a happy manner. The characters are believeable and you actually start to generate feelings for them which is always a good thing for any reader. Overall I enjoye [...]

    4. A pleasant read, with many of the familiar themes of early high school life. I really enjoyed the character of James Scobie and think many people could learn a lot from the way he conducts himself. A very sweet book that I think any late primary to early high school child would enjoy. I will seek out the sequel.

    5. This book is SO funny. So many things happen the you might even blush on what happen to Ishmael. There's also so many parts that you are/would fall to the ground laughing. This book is amazing and no doubt recommend it to all of my friends and family and everybody else.

    6. Audiobook Rezension:Das von Jens Wawrczeck großartig gelesene Hörbuch Nennt mich nicht Ismael erzählt die Geschichte eines Jungen in der neunten Klasse, der seinen Vornamen - Ismael - unerträglich findet. Schuld daran ist hauptsächlich einer seiner Mitschüler, von dem er andauernd drangsaliert und provoziert wird, ein klarer Fall von Mobbing.Dabei ist Ismael durchaus selbstironisch in seiner Melodramatik, mit der er seine Verzweiflung über seinen Namen äußert, er sieht aber keinerlei M [...]

    7. Ismael hasst seinen Namen und wird anscheinend aufgrund seines Namens immer wieder von einem Jungen seiner Klasse gehänselt. Ismael hat die beste Technik herausbekommen, dem aus dem Weg zu gehen, nämlich indem er sich so unsichtbar wie nur möglich macht. Das geht aber nicht mehr, als ein neuer Mitschüler in die Klasse kommt, der Ismael auch noch in seinem Debattierclub haben willEin witziges Buch, dass Mut machen möchte, gegen Mobbing vorzugehen und für Zivilcourage einzutreten. Klingt jet [...]

    8. I am reluctant to criticize YAF because it is not aimed at my reading level. The character of Ishmael is engaging in his own self defeatist attitudes and his cast of school yard enemies and weird friends surpass being simply caricatures. The plot is not over predictable and the action never gets bogged down for too long in any one scene. This lends the book an easy going feel that made it a pleasure to keep reading. My main criticism would be the message about bullying and the melodramatic natur [...]

    9. I love laughing aloud and being taken by surprise. The emotions and character reactions felt authentic. I plan to read top contenders again. Alexie's book is great, but not appealing to local teens so far where Ishmael is captivating all -young and no longer young. (KDL)thumbsupaward/sea

    10. i thought that this book was a good book and very enjoyable to read, it was a book that could be great to read for all ages but especially for teenages or people that have started at a new school. The book focuses alot on bullying and how to cope with bullying. i really enjoyed reading this book and i would like to read the next one.

    11. The start of this book didn't grab me but after seeing its rating and reading reviews I persisted and I'm glad i did! Really enjoyed getting to know the main character and the introduction of James Scobie was a highlight for me. Would have loved to have had his character throughout the book. This book would promote a lot of discussion, especially in regards to bullying. Great mature read!

    12. "Don't Call Me Ishmael is a young adult novel written by the Australian author Michael Gerard Bauer." Ishmael Leseur is a 14 year old boy, how he navigates through year 9 and his experiences throughout the school year. Miss Tarango arrives to start the class, this is where Barry Baglsey and his friends find out about Ishmaels' name and where it came from. This allowed them to think of new nicknames to torment Ishmael with. However, Miss Tarango insults Barry which puts him in his place which the [...]

    13. Don't Call Me Ishmael! Is an entertaining and funny read. Bauer manages to keep the tone of the book light despite the serious themes. The inner thoughts of the main character Ishmael are relatable for all teenagers and younger readers. When initially starting this book I thought it would not be something that interested me, but I soon found it to be quite enjoyable. The humour was at times a bit stale and jokes were restated too much, but this did help to show the character's personalities. The [...]

    14. the best book i have read in ages. it is a great story and does sure make me laugh. i recommend reading this book if you want to laugh.

    15. Ein altersgerechtes gut geschriebenes Buch über Mobbing und Selbstwertgefühl voller versteckter und offensichtlicher literarischer Anspielungen.

    16. "Don't Call Me Ishmael is a young adult novel by Australian author Michael Gerard Bauer. It is about Ishmael Leseur, a 14-year-old boy, and his experiences in Year Nine of school. It won the 2008 award for children's literature at Writers' Week, Australia's oldest writers' festival.[1] It was short-listed for the Children's Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year award in the older reader category in 2007.[2]His Year Nine teacher, Miss Tarango, tells the whole class about the name Ishmael c [...]

    17. Don’t Call Me Ishmael is a young adult fiction book written by Michael Gerard Bauer in 2006. In 2008 the book won the award for children's literature at Writers' Week. The author was born in Brisbane, Australia and has written many other books such as the running man.The book is about a ninth grader called Ishmael Leseur who think he has a terrible life and a syndrome he made up called the “Ishmael Leseur Syndrome”. He believe this makes him extremely socially awkward. When he comes to sch [...]

    18. Don't Call Me IshmaelMichael Gerard BauerMG/YAIf the cold, dreary, dark days of January have blanketed you, this is just the right read. Don't Call Me Ishmael is Bud, not Buddy hilarious and set in Australia, where, currently, it is summer! So pull up a chair and toast your toes on the warmth and humor of this story. Basic plot: Ishmael Leseur, a Year Nine student (that's down under for ninth grader), suffers from ILS, Ishmael Leseur Syndrome, which is Ishmael's name for his particular brand of [...]

    19. Ismael ist nicht allein wegen seines Namens zum Gespött seiner Klassenkameraden geworden. Typen wie Barry Bagsley brauchen einfach jemanden, auf dem sie herum trampeln können. Als James Scobie neu in die Klasse kommt, stockt Ismael - und Michael Bauers Lesern - der Atem. James ist außergewöhnlich klein, adrett, er hat mehr als merkwürdige Angewohnheiten und macht so ziemlich alles falsch, das ein Schüler falsch machen kann, der nicht zur Zielscheibe eines überzeugten Mobbers werden will. [...]

    20. I just borrowed this book from my school library. I recently finished it today. It is my favorite book in the world now!!! This book has inspired me so much. i would like to say that Michael Gerard Bauer is an amazing writer!! I love the characters so much and it feels like i had a strong connection to this book. I LOVED this book so much. It is an awesome book. Ishmael is a very awesome character. I love the way that he tells the story of his school year and how he felt about it. But i would li [...]

    21. Inhalt:Ismael hasst seinen Namen. Besonders deswegen, weil er für die tyrannische Clique ständige Steilvorlagen bietet. Er ist es gewohnt so gut es geht abzutauchen, um ja keinem der bösen Jungs aufzufallen. Doch das gelingt leider nur bedingt. Als ein neuer Schüler in die Klasse kommt, ändert sich die Situation jedoch maßgeblich, denn dieser neue Schüler kann mit der bloßen Kraft seiner Worte, die vorlauten Jungs zum Schweigen bringen. Ist der Debattierclub, der vom neuen Schüler mitbe [...]

    22. Don't Call Me Ishmael! was an easy and distracting read. The story centers around a ninth grader named Ishmael, who was bullied by Barry Bagsley all of eighth grade. Things aren't looking up for poor Ishmael, especially when a new boy shows up whose behavior practically screams kick me. However James Scobie turns out to be the best thing that could have ever happened. He stands up to Barry, forces Ishmael to socialize, and starts his very own debate team, which Ishmael becomes a part of. But Sco [...]

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