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The Homework Strike Hardcover – January 3, 2017
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"A lesson in civic involvement, standing up for what one believes in, and negotiating... Readers will be drawn to the anti-homework cause and... will enjoy the high jinks along the way." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Pincus writes about middle school life with empathy as he explores the longing to find one's own place and the feeling of having little control over one's life. While there are laughs to be had as Gregory's crusade gains steam, readers will also get a sense of American labor history and the real stakes involved in standing up for one's beliefs." -- Publishers Weekly
Praise for The 14 Fibs of Gregory K.:
"Pincus's story explores struggles with friends, family, and learning while remaining exuberant and relatable, a winning equation." -- Publishers Weekly
"This delightful novel introduces a resourceful and inspiring young character, and many readers will relate to Gregory's desire for creative expression and his yearning for acceptance." -- Booklist
"Gregory's difficulties with being different from his parents, living in his older brother's shadow, and feeling inadequate compared to a smart younger sister will strike a familiar chord with middle-graders struggling to define themselves. There's a lot of space for this book to open up cross-curricular opportunities in math and literature, and it might also spark interesting book club conversations about how to deal with families whose interests diverge drastically from our own." -- Bulletin of the Center for Childrens' Books
"Dialogue and humor carry the third-person narrative along swiftly, and the characters are appealing. It is unusual to meet a family in middle-grade fiction that enjoys playing math games at the table, and it's refreshing to be reminded of the importance of honesty with family and friends. By any reckoning, a successful debut." -- Kirkus Reviews
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I mean, he knew middle school would be hard work, and he wants to do well. But no matter what Gregory does, homework is the voracious time-eating monster that gobbles all things. It just isn't fair.
So Gregory decides to do something radical: civil disobedience! In other words, he goes on a total, complete (but well-reasoned) homework strike. His friends think he's making a huge mistake. His parents are worried about his grades. His principal just wants him to stop making trouble. And the news media sniffs a story!
Can Gregory rally his fellow students, make his voice heard, and still pass seventh grade?
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On another note, the cast of characters is diverse and feels believable. As the mother of a dyslexic daughter, I was particularly delighted that one of the characters is dyslexic -- but her dyslexia doesn't define or limit her.