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The Loser List Hardcover – April 1, 2011

4.3 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Loser List Series

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About the Author

H. N. Kowitt has written more than forty books for younger readers, including The Loser List, Dracula's Decomposition Book, and The Sweetheart Deal. She lives in New York City, where she enjoys cycling, flea markets, and gardening on her fire escape. You can find her online at www.kowittbooks.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 480L (What's this?)
  • Series: Loser List (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545240042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545240048
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By The Invisible Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 29, 2011
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In format, THE LOSER LIST looks like Jeff Kinney's popular kid series. There is handwritten-looking text broken up by fun sketches, but really that's where the comparison ends. Whereas the WIMPY KID books are light-hearted and goofy pretty much all the entire way through, THE LOSER LIST is more edgy and real world. Topics like smoking and drugs and shop lifting are touched upon; and, in fact, the plot revolves around the hero 'falling in with the wrong crowd.'

Now I read this with my 9 year-old son, and I'm glad I did. Sharing the travails of Ms. Kowitt's characters gave us the perfect venue for discussing these 'heavy issues' before they came up in other contexts: 'Mom, you'll never guess what happened to Joey today!' Yikes! AND indeed, I'm very thankful to the author for giving me this chance to hear what my son thinks, and me to, in turn, verify what our family's code is.

THE SKINNY:::
Looks like Wimpy Kid, but it's not in the same genre. The Lost List is less funny and more meaty.

What made this book appropriate for my 9 year-old was that Ms. Kowitt handles the more serious material well. She never lets it get 'too heavy' and there's humor thrown in frequently to keep the feel nonthreatening.

More suitable for Middle-schoolers, in my humble opinion, THE LOSER LIST is an okay read for younger children if it's shared with an adult.

Pam T~
mom/blogger
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I don't have any kids, and I'm not a kid, and I'm not even male, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! It's an absorbing story, and the many drawings and handwritten text add a lot to it.

The main character is a 12-year-old seventh grader, and sex and drugs do not figure into this book. Neither does foul language. The humor is very male, but not lewd.

One thing that is likely to make it fun for a lot of people is the drawing art, including lots of "horror." It's black and white and drawn with a touch of comedy, so not any problem at all for me. Grotesque horror would not be for me!

I can heartily recommend this book. In addition to the absorbing story and interesting characters, it has a satisfying ending. Good stuff!
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I'm a 10yr old girl and I enjoyed the Loser List very much. I don't like reading much but I couldn't put this book down. It was so funny. It could also be a learning experience for kids that bully up with bullies so they don't get bullyed. That isn't the right thing to do. The main chaaracter finds this out when he bullies up with bullies.
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The loser list is a story about a kid named Danny who manages to get his name and his best friend Jasper's names put on the school's "loser list" after he angers the school's resident mean girl. The list is filled with the names of boys and written on a wall in the girl's bathroom. Afraid that seeing his name on the list might thwart his attempts to win the affection of his school crush, Danny embarks on a mission to remove their names from the list.

The story revolves around Danny's quest to remove the names and the predicaments he finds himself in during his quest. The usual middle school characters are all present: the geeks, smart kids, mean girls, bullies, weird kids, stern teachers and teachers who try way too hard to be hip. The humor is mostly clean although there is a little bathroom humor along the way. For example, one kid's name and reason for being on the loser list is: "Dick Weiner - 'nuff said".

I found the story funny and interesting, however, both my daughters (ages 9 & 11) didn't really like it, yet they both love the Wimpy Kid series. When I asked my 11-year-old why she didn't like it, she replied that she "really couldn't get into it". My younger daughter shared that it was "okay". The only reason I can think of why it appealed to me and not my daughters is maybe the book might be geared more towards young male readers.
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Crying Danny's whirlwind adventure is sure to drum up memories of middle school adventures. Good for anyone who likes Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Age appropriate for 4th to 6th graders. Recommended for them.
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Twelve year old Danny Shines, seventh grader, has a crush on Asia O'Neill, who ignores him, and is bullied by Chantal Davis, who won't leave him alone. He likes to draw comic pictures and fills this book, which is printed as if it were his diary composed by hand, with plenty of his funny drawings. He has a funny attitude about life and this affects his writing, which is sharp, witty, and easy and fun to read. This adventure with Chantal begins when he buys a rather expensive pen to draw with and Chantal insists that he give her the pen. When he refuses, she says she would put his name on the loser list in the girl's bathroom so that all the girls at school will laugh behind his back and ignore him to his face, and he will not be able to destroy the list since it's in the girl's bathroom. While the book, about relationships and rivalries between kids, especially between boys and girls, and about bullies, is recommended for youngsters, the book is so funny that many adults will enjoy it as well.
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My son loves The Diary of a Wimpy Kid book (what fifth grade boy doesn't?), and this looked similar, so I thought he would like it. He did like it, but not because it's similar to The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. In fact, it really isn't similar to that series.

This book has none of the goofiness of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Its story has more depth, its characters are more fleshed out, and have larger problems.

It is entirely appropriate for fifth grade on up, but is probably not appropriate for those precocious 2nd and 3rd graders who enjoy Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
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