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Gr 7 Up-Bruce Logsdon's Period 8 session, held during the regular lunch period, is a place for Heller High School students to talk about their concerns and feelings. Logsdon, or Mr. Logs as he is called by his students, is gifted at getting teens to unburden themselves and speak honestly. Chief among his admirers is Paulie Bomb, whose unbridled honesty has cost him his relationship with his girlfriend, Hannah. When quiet, unassuming Mary Wells (called the "Virgin Mary" by other students due to her outwardly prudish behavior) goes missing, Period 8 must grapple with the fact that their safe space has been compromised. Issues centered on trust, forgiveness, extreme bullying, disturbing parenting, and reputations are prevalent throughout the story. Crutcher captures teen speak in a natural and realistic manner. Although the narrative begins at a deliberate pace, the drama over Mary's disappearance and incidents in the final quarter of the story ratchet up the intensity. Some sexuality and rough language are present, but it is never gratuitous or excessive. Mr. Logs is a positive portrayal of an involved teacher; he is dedicated to his students and genuinely concerned about them. However, his personal contacts with several students outside of school might, in real life, cause some concern among hypervigilant administrators and parents. Crutcher keeps readers guessing as to who is behind Mary's disappearance, and the portrayal of the psychopath is truly chilling. A must-have where the author's novels or psychological thrillers are popular.-Jennifer Schultz, Fauquier County Public Library, Warrenton, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Digital edition.

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Welcome to Period 8 lunch with Mr. Logs, where any topic is fair game, everyone can come, and the only rule is that nobody gets hurt. Here, truth is encouraged, but it has surprising effects. Paul finds that after he is honest, the girl he loves hates his guts. Student body president Arnie Stack uses his idea of truth to get elected, and “the Virgin Mary,” Mary Wells, only tells one side of her truth. When Mary goes missing, Mr. Logs and his Period 8 students set out to find her and plunge into danger that goes far beyond the classroom and challenges what they thought they knew. This is vintage Crutcher, with authentic dialogue, a school setting, lots of sports, and sympathetic characters that feel as if they had walked out of another Crutcher novel. This time, the suspense and action are ratcheted way up, though, and the result is a nail-biter with well-planted hints that lead up to a surprising, satisfying resolution. This book may win new fans, so be prepared to bring out the Crutcher canon. Grades 9-12. --Lynn Rutan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Reprint edition (March 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061914827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061914829
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Deasy on March 27, 2013
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I must say there is not a book that Chris Crutcher wrote that I haven't read. This book is now no exception.

What I like most about Period.8, as all his other books, is how real the characters are. Frankly, I'm jealous of the relationships that the characters have with each other and I wish I'd had a Period.8 when I was growing up. I didn't have the big issues like most of Crutcher's characters, I just want the connection they make with one another. But of course he is eloquent when writing these characters, he was a family and child therapist for over 25 years. So yes, the issues he writes about happens.

In Period.8 they talk about whatever they want, but it has to be real and true. But what isn't talked about in Period.8 is the problem. Chris slowly lets the clues out and we watch the story unfold.

Sports in this book? Of course! He has swimming, basketball, and a hint of wrestling. The scenes are vivid, the wording perfect, the actions of the characters shocking. The main theme going on here.... he hasn't done before, and as Laurie Halse Anderson stated on the back of the book jacket, the ending IS shocking. As is the beginning, in my opinion.

His absolute humor on names of characters and places make me snicker. Come on, "Heller High!" I also loved how he was able to show that some characters own up to their mistakes. That was a favorite of mine. Too often people blame others for their choices.

I would give more information from the book, but that would ruin it! There is a quote from the book on the back jacket cover, "They shed their clothes and quietly bury them beneath leaves and needles. The night air is cold and Paulie feels goose bumps rising. This is nothing, he thinks, compared to what it's about to be.
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I was really excited when I heard that Chris Crutcher had a new book coming out. I love Whale Talk and Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes and I teach both every year. I was hoping Period 8 would be a new one for my classes. I am disappointed that it will not be. The first thing that hit me was the language. However, both of the other books mentioned above have "adult" language, so I thought that I could overlook it if the story had a powerful message like Whale Talk and Sarah Byrnes. It did not. It is not a "teachable" book. That being said, it is a good book that I will recommend to students. Students who have read other things by Crutcher know that he can throw readers for a loop in a good way, and he does it again. I do not know if it is because I have read all of his other books that I could guess who that "really bad guys" were fairly early, but that mystery was not there. This is not Crutcher's best, but worth a read.
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I feel like there were two competing story lines in Period 8. There’s the events of the actual Period 8, a lunchtime get together of a jumble of high school students from different backgrounds, social groups, and grade levels. They’re led by Logs, the supportive teacher who leads what, in essence, becomes a high school therapy group. No topic is off-limits in Period 8, but everything remains confidential.

There’s quite a few scenes that take place in Period 8, and they all felt overly dramatic to me. It was a lot like watching a high school soap opera, and these scenes were by far my least favorite part of the book. While I do appreciate the idea of the listening, caring teacher who actually gets his students and supports them both in and out of class, the way the book reads seems just a little. . . off. I think it might be because we never really see the build-up to Period 8, instead there’s just a mess of characters all talking to each other about things that don’t seem like would normally be discussed so easily. Also, there’s a strong attempt to create a realistic teenage dialogue in this book, and while I think Chris Crutcher gets it better than most, it still feels a little stilted.

That’s story line A. Then, we have story line B, which is where the psychopathic bully comes in. I enjoyed this story line much more, because while it may not have been exactly realistic, the action didn’t feel forced and I really enjoyed the pacing. If there had been slightly more of a focus on what was actually going on and less of the conversations in Period 8, this book would have ended up with a much higher rating from me. Even though it’s pretty easy to spot the initial bully the first time he’s introduced, there’s quite a few plot twists that I didn’t see coming.
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Chris Crutcher proves once again why he is my hero. PERIOD.8, his latest, tackles real-world issues without preaching and kept me breathless from the first page. I found PERIOD.8 more suspenseful than any of Chris' other YA books-- and I've read and own them all.

I'm a picky reader. I put down a lot more YA fiction than I read from cover-to-cover. Boredom, predictable plotting, and clunky dialogue cause me to set aside most books after the first few chapters, so for me to finish a book and write a review for it says that it was an AMAZING journey, and that I lost myself in the story. What more can a reader ask for?

I loved the relationship between Paulie Baum and his teacher, "Logs". I loved the authentic dialogue and humor; the lessons Logs teaches his students and the weariness that I, as a long-time educator, know myself. I could "hear" the characters talking in my mind and I laughed aloud a few times.

I read PERIOD.8 in two days; would have finished it sooner than that if I had my way. I read it until I couldn't see last night, and getting back to the book was the first thing on my mind this morning.

YOU: reading this review: PICK UP PERIOD.8 TODAY. I'll go ahead and say this now: YOU ARE WELCOME for this recommendation.
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