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  1. Inhaled this in a two-night laugh-fest. Hats off to MGB, the Ishmael series just keeps getting better. He has produced a corker of a read in this third and final novel, which sees our cast of lovable larrikins finish Year 12 at St Daniels. The colourful rejacketed full set will pull in the younger readers (though my 11-year-old preferred the old jackets designed by MGB's son Joe, and I do too). A favourite read for 2011.

  2. Ishmael and the Hoops of SteelThe Laugh-Out-Loud Conclusion to the Ishmael Story.Michael Gerard BauerPrice : $19.99Ages: 9 +ISBN: 978-1-86291-917-4Ahh high School, remember it? Though we may try hard to forget there is much that we have gained in our life from our experiences at high school. It is that period in our life when we start to find our feet and our place in the world. If you are fortunate enough to be an Ishmael fan and to have read the previous 2 Ishmael publications then you are a s [...]

  3. This book is a glistening example of how a trilogy should end. From the day I began the very first of these books with I knew I was in for a good time accompanied by a barrel of laughs. What I hadn't bargined for was all the stuff that came with it. This book reay touched down on real life friendship. It wasn't the kind of friendship you expect to find in a book. It's the kind you have in real ife, the friends you tease to no end and love eachother even though no-one ever says it kind. So that w [...]

  4. What a brilliant conclusion to Ishmael Leseur’s education. It starts with the ultimate let down, Kelly Faulkner saying farewell in an email, and the rest of the year looked like it would spiral down from there. Luckily for Ishmael he had his fab five friends to cheer him up. Razz was still the same madcap take on any challenge dude, and being a mate decided he needed to find a new girlfriend for his buddy. This could be great or a total disaster. For Ishmael having Ishmael Leseur’s Syndrome [...]

  5. Michael Gerard Bauer's last Ishmael book sees Ishmael and his mates Scobie,Razz, Bill and Ignatius in their last 2 years at St Daniel's College. Smarting from his breakup with Kelly Faulkner, Ishmael is determined to make his mark on the last 2 years of school. Miss Tarango, their favourite teacher, again features and the boys undertake a massive challenge for her - to WIN the College Cup. None of them feel they are good at much at all, and the way these four (and various members of their house) [...]

  6. This was a great book. I enjoyed this book so much and no matter what, i was always in the mood for it. The characters - i'll never be able to forget the colourful characters in this series their personalities and loving, comical nature. Particularly the notes from each character at the back of the book - they made me smile and laugh.The storyline - it was true to life. It was the experience of any teenager and made me laugh, somtimes uncontrollably. It even made me cry - the end of the book whe [...]

  7. Third and last in the Ishmael novels about 5 boys at a private school. This is the year that the fab 5 finish school so they have to end their year with a bang. Ishmael has girlfriend problems, Bill has boyfriend issues, Razz just has problems, Scobie wants to become a sports star and Prindabel is his usual nerdy self. Written with his usual humour, this book also illustrates some of the issues of growing up, as the boys face final exams and heading off to university. My main criticism is that s [...]

  8. The cringe worthy have been replaced by more mature themes, signalling the end of Ishmael's transition from a nervous boy into a confident man. It's a wonderful story that Bauer gives us as he tackles social issues with superb grace and humility that makes us feel all the more better after reading it.To me personally, it felt like a lovely send off as I would leave behind my teenage years and the all-boys school for which I have known for the entirety of my childhood.

  9. i didn't enjoy this one as well as the second or first book but it was a still a really good read, i felt that the book speed through the years too fast and sometimes i had trouble keeping up. i have really enjoyed all of the Ishmael series. at the end of the book i felt happy for Ishmael because every turned out good, and at the start of the series things weren't looking too good.

  10. A brilliant end to a brilliant trilogy!Ishmael and his friends are in their final years of schooling, and they're set on going out with a bang. This book has a bit of everything, with plenty of comedy - and a lot of heart. The Ishmael trilogy is not just for children, but for anyone who's ever been through (and survived) highschool.I can't recommend it highly enough.

  11. The cover for this book is so misleading - I wouldn't even have looked at this book if it weren't shortlisted. It is a fantastic and fun book and the five main characters are a joy to meet. Definitely recommended.

  12. This book was a great book. It continued straite on from the second book but still has stuff from the first book. It shows how he gets through year 11 and 12 with all the exams and work.

  13. This is a perfect book about friendship, school, the vaguaries of first love, written with humour and generosity.

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