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How to Survive Middle School

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Funny middle school survival story for boys and hamsters.

Book Donna Gephart School 2010
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This is a delightful, funny, and insightful book. Main character David is a middle school boy who is completely endearing, and readers will easily identify with him and his middle school anxiety. Gephart's book continues a great trend in children's literature, looking at a boy's view of middle school and the issues that boys face. There are great spots of laugh-out-loud humor, including tidbits on smelly armpits, zit forecasts, and top 6 1/2 lists.

One thing kids can take away from the novel is David's commitment to his passion. The other thing: be careful what you put online. Kids will really enjoy David's ups and downs, and the novel is wonderful for reluctant readers.

Book Details

  • Author: Donna Gephart
  • Genre: School
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press
  • Publication date: April 13, 2010
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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