Five of Ho-Ho-Kus's top 8th graders are framed up by the darkly mysterious Vice Principal and forced to study for a week (a week!) for an important test. The Principal seems to have gone missing, fellow students are behaving peculiarly, and a fast food chain is selling food in the school cafeteria: clearly, something sinister is afoot! The wily fivesome, locked up in the school, are onto an ominous plot - they just need to put their heads together to escape, solve the mystery, and save themselves and their peers! There's a lot of fun in this adventure - the vice principal and the gym teacher are especially humorous creations. Terrific entertainment for kids around the 8th grade level. Check it out!
This story moves quickly which really keeps the reader engaged. I think it's an especially good read for children with an active imagination. The story's heroes are very diverse, so there is something for everyone to identify with. Overall it's a fun book aimed at kids in an "awkard" age range with some great messages: embrace what makes you special and trust yourself, but also learn to accept and trust other people and their talents.
I really like Dweeb because it brings out every feeling in me. I like the characters, my favorite is Eddie. I liked it so much that I could not stop reading it. Other books I love are The Bailey School Kids books and The Magic Tree House books. Dweeb reminded me of Bailey School Kids books alittle. If you like these types of books I know you'll love Dweeb. I hope there will be a sequel.
This book is about five intelligent and talented young men (Denton, Wendell, Eddie, Elijah, and Bijay) who undergo many common obstacles. One of the big barriers is the standardized tests. They also withstand some very difficult and unique problems. It all starts when their vice principal, Snodgrass, accuses them of stealing money from the school bake sale. Snodgrass locks them in the school basement for a whole week, all they are left to do is eat, sleep, and study. Coach McKenzie, the gym teacher, visits them three times a day, to give them their breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The only one that can save them is Nurse Bloom, who gets to check in on them once during the week to make sure that they are heathy. But when she also fails to help them, they have to look for clues and discover how to get back out. While trying to get out they uncover why they were trapped in the first place. Unveil the mystery by reading!
This author definitely went for the gold, and achieved! His writing was very powerful, had wonderful word choice, and it was still appropriate for the age group. I liked how the author had a chapter for each character. I cannot think of any other book like this one, it is very unique in its own good way. This book captures kids' perspective on the standardized tests. It should be moving for kids to see that just because they don't do perfect on the tests, it doesn't mean that they are not smart. I learned standardized tests are just another of the many tests we take and are not the most important thing in the world; and other kids should learn from this too. I suggest for everyone to read this book: parents, teachers, and kids. Everyone needs to know when to stop when it comes to taking tests. Overall I would give this book a nine out of ten for its complete and utter greatness!
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Naturally, I thought this book was about a "Dweeb" and I thought since I was a Dweeb during my awkward years, it would be fun to read. However, I was surprised a number of times in this tale of diverse smart young fellows up against misguided adults. Not to give away the story I will simply say the characters, both young and old were engaging, each sharing personality quirks with people I know or have known. The plot development was intriguing enough to make the book a "page turner"... one always wanted to know what came next. I also had a few good laughs and wondered if perhaps I missed a few humorous moments because of the fact that in age I am not a juvenile. By the way I do not remember ever being locked up in my middle school basement but was taken there once with several others to be paddled!
Aaron Starmer's DWEEB tells of Ho-Ho-Kus Junior High, where the cafeteria is covered in burger wrappers, bullies aren't bullying, and the walls growl. Enter five detective misfit friends, the smartest kids in the 8th grade, who fight a bad reputation and imprisonment to solve the strange mystery in this riveting middle-school leisure read.