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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (October 14, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385730837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385730839
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-6-Holly fears that she will soon have a stepmother. Greg admires a girl and hopes to be her boyfriend. Claire has nightmares. William thinks he is useless at everything. Samantha misses her dad, who has left their family to marry another woman. Lisa is frightened by her angry father. Natasha wants to be in the school concert but is uneasy because she is in a wheelchair. These students are all in the same class. Mr. Speed is their fast-moving, funny, and caring teacher who offers The Worry Web Site to his students in an effort to provide the opportunity for them to type in their concerns anonymously. Members of the class address one another's problems by adding their comments. Mr. Speed oversees and quietly intervenes when necessary. Each chapter relates the story of one student. Character development is slight but sufficient and is enhanced by the interaction of the students with one another throughout the book. Their problems are realistic in that some of them do not have clear solutions. Wilson shows that she understands the lives, fears, and worries of young people, and the book has enough suspense, enhanced by frequent humor, for reluctant readers.
Rebecca Sheridan, Easttown Library & Information Center, Berwyn, PA
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From Booklist

Gr. 3-6. Mr. Speed is an ingenious teacher. When his students reject "circle time," an open class discussion in which people "confide the sort of problem that should remain a deadly secret," Mr. Speed invents "The Worry Web Site." Here his students can anonymously post their anxieties and receive online advice from their classmates (and from the compassionate Mr. Speed). Each chapter in Wilson's latest novel is narrated by a different student, who elaborates on his or her worry. The dilemmas range from the powerful disorientation of a first crush to the pain of divorce and a parent's abandonment. Wilson wrote the book's first chapter as part of an online writing contest, in which children invented their own student worries, and she includes the winning entry, a story about domestic violence. The relevant subjects, the earnest, often funny voices, and the warm advice of endearing goofball Mr. Speed make these pieces dead on for the middle-grade audience. Gillian Engberg
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 2004
Format: Library Binding
Kids in Mr. Speedy's class talk about their worries on the Worry Web Site. The Worry Web Site is an anonymous chat room where students can talk about their worries without being laughed at. Common worries come up, and solutions are found by pure accident in this book. All of the worries are realistic, and some of the worries are:
"I am useless at everything."
"I miss my Dad, and my teacher doesn't like me."
"I want to perform in the concert."
Appealing and delightful, this book is good to answer your worries.
Each chapter has a different plot, and each plot is exciting in its own way. Many use flashbacks where the students remember the problem and find a solution in it. The worries are worries that come up in life, so the book feels very realistic. People type up their worries, and anyone who wants to answer the worry can answer it. Mr. Speedy often answers these worries as well, but unfortunately his answers are almost never useful. The kids in Mr. Speedy's class face problems that have outrageously funny solutions. You see, the way Mr. Speedy helps his students to find the answers to their problems is always by pure accident, and the accident is always extremely funny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on July 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Speed's class is full of all sorts of interesting people, including Holly, Greg, Clarie, William, Samantha, Lisa and Natasha. These kids have worries just like everyone else, but they may not feel comfortable talking about them in the open. That is why Mr. Speed developed the Worry Web Site.
Each worry is unique. For example, Holly is worried about getting a stepmother. She has lived with her dad and sister Hannah ever since her mum left, and now her dad has met a lady named Ms. Morgan. How will she react to this news? Meanwhile, Greg thinks his crush is hopeless, and Samantha feels as if everything is wrong.
Anyone who has a worry can go to the website, type up their problem, and receive replies from their classmates. There is helpful advice from Mr. Speed, who always seems to know how to help solve his students' dilemmas. Some worries are simple while others are more complex. Needless to say, though, there is help for all.
You will definitely want to share THE WORRY WEB SITE with your friends. Overall the book was good, even though there could have been more characters and stories within these pages. Please remember, though --- you should always talk to someone, whether it's a friend or a trusted adult, if you have a worry. No one should have to worry alone.
--- Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle (SdarksideG@aol.com)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. LEE on December 22, 2004
Format: Audio Cassette
I noted with apprehension that the previous reviewer condemned this book, saying that the book has no point to the plot.

I would like to redeem the book's worth by highlighting the following points:

1. Each chapter of this book starts off with a 'worry' entered by one of Mr Speed's students. And it is this 'worry', that the entire chapter is based on. The chapter does not take the form of a diary entry, so it is different from books like Anne Frank's diary or Dear Mr Henshaw. It is instead narrative in nature and takes on a first-person perspective from the point of view of the student entering the worry. Hence, it is conversational and 'spoken' in the manner that children of that age would speak in, resulting in many humorous/depressed observations and happenings.

2. From each chapter, you don't just get to know more about the student who entered the worry, you also find out about the other students in the class and other outside characters as well, through the various dialogues and observations from the student.

3. Since information is provided in snippets about various characters from each chapter, there is a great sense of continuity throughout the story. For example, in the first chapter when Holly enters her worry, she mentions characters like Greg and Claire etc. Then in the second chapter, Greg enters his worry, and his character development carries on from where it was left off in chapter 1, expanding the reader's perception of Greg's life. In the process, Greg would also bring the reader to view snippets of other characters, and the same process goes on.

To put it simply, this book is like a collection of short stories of the lives of some of the students in Mr Speed's class.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
No child should be without this book. It gives disabled children hope, children with a certain parent comfort and even gives out advice about getting a boyfriend or girlfriend! Packed full of jokes because of the wonderful teacher Mr. Speed, I highly recommend.
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