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Grades 6 - 8Grades 3 - 5n/a5.046467
Outrageously funny and smart, this story of an obese boy who takes on his bullies is as heartwarming as it is clever.

Twelve-year-old Owen Birnbaum is the fattest kid in school. But he's also a genius who invents cool contraptions, like a TV that shows the past. Something happened two years ago that he needs to see. But genius or not, there is much Owen can't outthink. Like his gym coach, who's on a mission to humiliate him. Or the way his Oreos keep disappearing from his lunch. He's sure that if he can only get the TV to work, things will start to make sense. But it will take a revelation for Owen, not science, to see the answers are not in the past, but the present. That no matter how large he is on the outside, he doesn't have to feel small on the inside.

With her trademark humor, Ellen Potter has created a larger-than-life character and story whose weight is immense when measured in heart.

Hardcover, 208 pages
Published on May 14, 2009 by Philomel Books
ISBN-10: 039924705X
ISBN-13: 9780399247057
6 Book Reviews
  • generalchris101
    generalchris101Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 4:58 pm
    This is a new one for me. <__0__>
    • jcfertwig
      jcfertwigWednesday, September 30, 2015 at 6:39 am44 starsFeatured
      I read the book Slob by Ellen Potter. The book is about an overweight boy who is having a hard time at school. People keep bullying him, and someone keeps taking his Oreos. On top of this, Owen's parents had just died recently. So tries to build a machine that can replay the video tape of his parents death. I really liked this book. It was really funny, but also very emotional. Also, it wasn't a sob story. Throughout the book you don't feel super bad for him, to where the point you are about to cry. It was just the perfect amount of emotion, which was lightened up by humor. This book is realistic fiction because these things can all happen. He's not fighting dragons, or saving the world from robots. These events could actually happen. I think anyone 11 or older would be able to read this book. Anyone younger wouldn't feel the same emotions as Owen, and there is some profanity. A external conflict in this book is Man vs. Society. Throughout the whole book it's Owen fighting against the bullies and the school. He isn't fighting himself, nature, or one particular person. He is fighting school.
      • kanyewest
        kanyewestTuesday, September 29, 2015 at 6:58 pm
        I read the book, Slob by Ellen Potter. Slob is about Owen Birnbaum, the fattest kid in his school, but also a genius. Everyone bullies him, even his gym teacher! And when his Oreos are stolen, he is on the case. I think the book is okay, but lacks a good plot and just drags on with situations that are unneeded. For example, he spends about 20 pages at a food court, and it has no effect on the plot. This book is realistic fiction because all of the situations in this book can happen. There are no flying unicorns, it can all happen. I think this book is perfect for people who like to read books about other people and their struggles. I think they would like it because Owen goes through a lot of struggles in his life, such as his weight. An example of an internal conflict is when Owen eats out his stress. This is an internal conflict because Owen is struggling with himself and he eats out his stress to make himself feel better. This is an example of man vs. self. An external conflict is when Jeremy tells Owen he should lose weight and he gets mad. This is an external conflict because conflict is happening between two people, outside of Owen's brain. This is an example of man vs. man.
        • cupcakereader11
          cupcakereader11Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 11:03 am
          I want to read this book because my teacher recommended it to her language arts class, so I'm hoping to read it one day.
          • BasketballrocksFriday, August 23, 2013 at 11:28 am
            This book is very interesting. It's a good book you should really read it.
            • peyton7890
              peyton7890Friday, October 26, 2012 at 10:36 am
              i really hope this book is just amazing hannah tell me if it is