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Grade 7 Up–Scott Hudson begins his freshman year of high school as a source of income to Wesley, the school shakedown artist. The girl he's known since kindergarten has blossomed into a goddess, but doesn't seem to know he's alive. He gets roped into writing the sports column for the school newspaper, even though he's not an athlete. On top of everything else, his mom is pregnant. As Scott maneuvers through a number of serious situations—bullying, a suicidal classmate, school dances—he still manages to be upbeat and true to himself. Overloaded with extracurricular activities and honors homework, he begins a journal filled with lists and tips for his expected sibling on how to survive freshman year. As the school year and his mom's pregnancy progress, Scott begins to find his niche at school in David Lubar's laugh-out-loud novel (Dutton, 2005). The main narration is more than capably done by Ryan MacConnell as Scott. The rest of the characters are voiced by a variety of actors, adding depth to Scott's experiences. Unobtrusive music throughout enhances the recording, including a lullaby whenever Scott writes in his journal for the baby. An excellent choice for public and school libraries.–Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI
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Gr. 8-11. Scott Hudson chronicles the ups and downs of his eventful freshman year in high school, as he joins the newspaper, works as a stage manager for the spring play, learns a lot from his outstanding English teacher, tries to help a student who attempts suicide, is beaten up because of a girl, and goes to the spring dance. Along the way, he discovers that his mother is pregnant, and he writes a series of insightful letters to his soon-to-be sibling. By the end, Scott has outgrown his freshman insecurities, realizing that he has carved a place for himself in the high-school world. The story delivers too many messages as Scott learns one important lesson after another. Still, most readers will find plenty of amusing, accurate observations about freshman life, from the insecurities of first dates to the dangers of walking the hall between classes. Todd Morning
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The book was hysterical! My favorite part was when the kid named mouth tried k kill himself.Published 7 days ago by Giuseppe DiFeo
I got this book for my son because it was on his summer reading list. He was telling me about it and I started reading it out loud to him. I didnt stop till I was done. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Yadira Borrero
Wonderful read! Just re-read in anticipation of reading sequel next week! David Lubar rocks! Love his other books as well!Published 15 days ago by Dorothy K. Delafield
The book was great and the shipping was super fast. This was definetly worth the buy. 😊Published 16 days ago by shakena
Might have enjoyed it more if I wasn't forced to read it for school. But it still was a good bookPublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
Grandson reading it now as assigned Summer Reading as upcoming freshman.Published 22 days ago by JIM