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Homeroom Diaries Hardcover – July 21, 2014


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (July 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316207624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316207621
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7–10—After a brief stay at a mental institution, Cuckoo Clarke is back in school and living with Mrs. Morris, her foster parent. Her best friends are a band of lovable misfits and they come up with a plan to unite the various factions of the student body (the jocks, stoners, mathletes, activists, Tolkien freaks, etc.) Even after some setbacks, they bring people together for a "Scream Out," an event that allows everyone an opportunity to open up, release tension, and ultimately discover that they have more in common than they thought. Overall this is a successful novel. Cuckoo is a well-developed and accessible protagonist. She is introspective and she copes with life's difficulties by spending a lot of time in her head and writing alternative endings to movies in her journal. Despite the fact that serious issues (a negligent mother, an attempted sexual assault, and an incident of cyberbullying) are at play, the lighthearted tone adds levity to the work. The novel is fully illustrated with humorous artwork that contributes to the story in a meaningful way. Fans of the popular "diary fiction" genre (as well as those simply looking for an approachable and quick read) will find much to enjoy here.—Julie Hanson, Chicago Public Library

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"Cuckoo is a well-developed and accessible protagonist.... Fans of the popular "diary fiction" genre (as well as those simply looking for an approachable and quick read) will find much to enjoy here."—School Library Journal

"Patterson brings the misfit theme of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life and its sequels into edgier territory in this illustrated novel ... filled with drily funny dialogue balloons and captions."—Publishers Weekly

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Great read for the teen crowd.
Jami
She's SO cool and funny and NICE (without being lame or boring).
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I loved every page of this book, even the sad ones.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michelle@Book Briefs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The Homeroom Diaries is a hilarious story told in the form of a teens diary, complete with tons of awesome illustrations. It is hard for me to decide which I enjoyed more- the story through Margaret, or "Cuckoo" as she has everyone call her, entries or her pictures to go along with the entries. It was a close call, both were equally awesome and both totally hilarious. The Homeroom Diaries is told from Cuckoo's point of view, but because it is her diaries it is told in a kind of easily accessible stream of consciousness. I loved every page of this book, even the sad ones.

Cuckoo does not have it easy. She has had more than her fair share of crappy things happen to her, but still through it all she is holding it together remarkably. I know the counselors at her school don't think so, but I do. I admired the heck out of her. And I loved seeing her with her friends.

The illustrations added a fantastic level of humor to the story. I lost count of how many times I flat out laughed out loud while reading Homeroom Diaries. And these were not dainty little giggles or chuckles, they were full out laughs, where I had to re-read paragraphs just so I could laugh again.

Homeroom Diaries is not just funny pictures though, there is a kick ass story in there too.Cuckoo and her friends are trying to implement this "project happiness" idea of theirs throughout the story, and you get a behind the scenes look at their everyday life. And trust me, tons goes on with them. I loved getting to know each of her friends, and I especially loved the alternate endings that she made for them. Cuckoo hates endings, and she is constantly writing alternate endings for books and movies and people. I hope that means there is another book coming out, because I am not ready to say goodbye to Cuckoo and her BFFs!

*Disclaimer- I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my thoughts.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Masimore on August 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Reading "Homeroom Diaries" is like a breath of fresh air. While the concept of a book being written in diary form is quite popular, James Patterson ups the ante by creating a relatable character that you truly care about. Everyone has gone to school with someone like Cuckoo Clarke, but now you get to be inside her head as she gets the chance to "start over." The voice of Cuckoo sucks you in on page one and keeps you turning the page until the end.
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By Jami on August 28, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Great read for the teen crowd. I enjoyed it. It definitely highlights all the trials and tribulations of a teen trying to make it through high school. It was written well and I really enjoyed all the characters.
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By isatou jallow on August 18, 2014
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I love this book it is about a girl named Maggie her nickname is kukcoo and her mom left her and left her with a guardian named 's. Morris and Maggie faces problems throughout her high school life
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My 12 year old daughter read this in one day. She loved it. James Patterson has a talent for relating to he kids like no other. She would recommend this book to ny middle school girl.
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This book was for my 11 yr. old granddaughter who can't read her James Patterson books fast enough! She rated it as "10 stars!"
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KD Reader on July 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I'm so excited about this book. I think Cuckoo Clarke is so easy to love. She's SO cool and funny and NICE (without being lame or boring). Cuckoo and her loyal 'freak-show' friends go through some tough stuff but I loved their strength, determination and their ability to have a good laugh, even when things were bad. It's a great easy with a fast paced plot and lot's humour and drama.
AND it's illustrated! I thought the art (by Keino) throughout Homeroom Diaries was outstanding. It's different and it's edgy and cool - just like Cuckoo.
Thanks James and Lisa and Keino :) More please!
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More About the Author

It is no surprise that in January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having "transformed book publishing," and that Time magazine hailed him as "The Man Who Can't Miss." Recently, NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams profiled Patterson's prolific career, AARP named him one of the "50 Most Influential People Who Make Our Days a Little Brighter," and Variety featured him in a cover story highlighting his adventures in Hollywood.

In 2013, it was estimated that one-in-five of all hardcover suspense/thriller novels sold was written by James Patterson, his books have sold over 300 million copies worldwide, and he holds the Guinness record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author. And his success isn't based solely on thrillers like the perennially popular Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Michael Bennett series. Patterson is now also the current bestselling author in the young adult and middle grade categories.

He's been called the busiest man in publishing, and that's not just because of his own books. For the past decade, James has been devoting more and more of his time to championing books and reading. From the James Patterson Pageturner Awards, to his website ReadKiddoRead.com, to his College Book Bucks scholarships and his regular donations of hundreds of thousands of books to schools here in the states and troops overseas (see interviews on Fox & Friends, The Dennis Miller Radio Show and CNN.com), Patterson has passed on his passion of books and reading and supported those who do the same. Jim personally funded a major ad campaign re-printing a recent opinion piece on CNN.com about how it is our responsibility to get our kids reading. The ad has run in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and USA Today. Those ads are a call to action to parents to make their kids reading a top priority; and were featured by USA Today here. Patterson believes that we cannot rely on schools, teachers or the government to get our kids reading; only parents can make this crucial change in the reading habits of our kids. Here are links to some interviews on his first-ever dual lay down (two books, one for parents and one for kids, in one day): AOL's You've Got, NBC's "Today Show" with Hoda and Kathie Lee, USA Today and Family Circle, NBC's "Today Show" with Al Roker, as well as an interview with AARP.

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