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Gr 4-7-Trevor Jones admits that he's obsessive and a little neurotic, but his best friend, Libby, has stuck by him and defended him throughout elementary school and he's depending on her to continue to do so. But while they wait for the bus on the first day of middle school, she explains to him that he's on his own now. Seventh grade is a whole new ball game with new rules and new friends and she can't have him tagging along. Trevor seems shell-shocked and is just hoping his sneakers are adequately scuffed up to not look new, and he's confused about why Libby is sporting a new skirt and lip gloss. The book is set up to resemble a film documentary, with cameo inserts of characters done in contrasting fonts with clever ideas like labeling the illustrations as "Camerawork" and calling the author the "Director." Unlikely scenarios like having to have a date for the fall dance by the end of the first day of school seem out of place, and the tempo seems to drag, calling it curtains for suggesting this title to reluctant readers. While there are some amusing illustrations that will appeal to "Wimpy Kid" readers, the slow, evasive plot will keep this book from flying off library shelves. Strictly an additional purchase.-Cheryl Ashton, Amherst Public Library, OHα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Robin Mellomused to teach middle schoolers and now she writes about them. (Any fictional characters that resemble her previous real-life students is purely coincidental. Probably.) She is also the author ofDitched: A Love Story.She lives with her husband and son on the Central Coast of California. Learn more atwww.robinmellom.comand follow her on Twitter (@robinmellom).
Through a freak incident involving a school bus, a Labrador retriever, and twenty-four rolls of toilet paper,Stephen Gilpinknew that someday he would be an artist. He applied himself diligently and many years later, he has found himself the illustrator of around thirty children's books. He lives in Hiawatha, Kansas with his genius wife, Angie and a whole bunch of kids. Visit his Web site atwww.sgilpin.com.
Purchased for my son as he was entering middle school. He likes the book but didn't love if. Be sure the child is ready for the content.Published 20 months ago by Jenny Box
My son finished this book. He is not all that interested in reading 'for pleasure' as is the case for most 10 year old boys I believe. I asked about it and he said it was good.Published on November 25, 2012 by TerriAnn
My kids love it....They kept reading and got it done within a few day..It improves their vocabularies, better day by day.Published on November 10, 2012 by Don
There have been many books of this nature since Diary of a Wimpy Kid came out. Some I have enjoyed, some not so much. I quite enjoyed this one. Read morePublished on September 1, 2012 by Heidi Grange