Access Denied (And Other Eighth Grade Error Messages)

Access Denied (And Other Eighth Grade Error Messages)

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by Denise Vega
     
 

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Computer whiz Erin Swift is ready to start eighth grade. The Year of Humiliating Events (aka, seventh grade) is behind her and she's ready to rule the school. But eight grade comes with its own set of problems for Erin to navigate, including her first boyfriend, her first break-up, and the fact that her mom has been treating her more like an eight year old than an… See more details below

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Computer whiz Erin Swift is ready to start eighth grade. The Year of Humiliating Events (aka, seventh grade) is behind her and she's ready to rule the school. But eight grade comes with its own set of problems for Erin to navigate, including her first boyfriend, her first break-up, and the fact that her mom has been treating her more like an eight year old than an eighth grader. Even worse, there's a new girl at Molly Brown Middle School who is determined to remake Erin in her bad-girl image, and former crush Mark "Cute Boy" Sacks has been acting strange lately.

But as Erin's school year once against hurdles toward disaster, a personal tragedy forces her to realize that things, and people, aren't always as bad as they seem. Can she save what's left of eighth grade before it's too late?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
After surviving the "Year of Humiliating Events (YOHE)" in Click Here (To Find Out How I Survived Seventh Grade), Erin Swift, Web site-designer extraordinaire, is ready to make a fresh start. But in eighth grade, she faces a new set of boy problems, trouble with friends and a painful loss that makes her rethink her priorities. Clearly in tune with adolescents' roller coaster emotions and their numerous challenges, Vega's sequel is accented with excerpts from Erin's "new and improved, totally secret & private home page" that convey her triumphs and anxieties. Erin's on-again, off-again crushes-especially with basketball buddy Mark-are entertaining; her more complex relationships with aging custodian, Mr. Foslowski and new student, Reede, who does "a lot of things against the rules," add depth. As before, Erin proves to be a good girl who sometimes finds herself in awkward situations. Accurately mirroring middle-school life, the story should hit home with tweens. Ages 12-up.
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Children's Literature - Jeanna Sciarrotta
After enduring total humiliation (and surviving) the year before, Erin Swift is ready to begin eighth grade. She has high hopes for moving on from her seventh grade disaster when the whole school read her not-so-private blog and hated her for it. Like many eighth grade girls, Erin hopes the year will bring with it a boyfriend, less rule enforcement by her too-strict parents, and of course ruling the school! Through a witty combination of prose and access to Erin's online (this time private for real) blog the reader follows Erin in her eighth grade year. The novel is light and fun with little or no major topics that would worry parents of a middle school reader. Erin deals with the important topics of friend choice, overbearing parents, school issues, and first boyfriends. The writing style and blog entries create an endearing character in Erin Swift that readers will root for and honestly want to succeed. Reviewer: Jeanna Sciarrotta
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—This is a fast-paced, engaging sequel to Vega's Click Here (to Find Out How I Survived the Seventh Grade) (Little, Brown, 2005). Erin Swift is a funny, bright girl who encounters some of the most typical (yet poignant) trials and tribulations that early adolescence has to offer. An overbearing, overprotective mother makes Erin chomp at the bit for freedom and adulthood. A first boyfriend (who she doesn't really like very much) and a breakup leave her confused about her tastes and judgment. A wild, intriguing new girl at school challenges her ideas about fun and friendship. Finally, a tragedy introduces the teen to loss, grief, and regret. Added to the mix are Erin's tech-savvy humor and matter-of-fact inner dialogue. Although some of the tech terms may soon be outdated, it is fun to read about a computer- and gadget-loving girl protagonist.—Nora G. Murphy, Los Angeles Academy Middle School
Kirkus Reviews
Ever funny and clever, Erin tackles eighth grade. Her blog now truly private-preventing 2008's Harriet the Spy-like reveal in Click Here (To Find Out How I Survived the Seventh Grade)-she tallies "Things That Rock," "Things That Make Me Wonder," "Top 5 First Period Nightmares" and boys worthy of the Hot-O-Meter. Crushes and couplings wax and wane; Erin IMs and ponders attraction's inconstancy. Narrating in first-person prose, she recognizes her own solemn playfulness as she swears "I'm never washing my nose again" (after a cute boy taps it) or taunts her older brother with a tampon (wrapped, natch, but still horrifying to him). Beloved school custodian Mr. Foslowski, who sympathizes and provides Tootsie Pops, balances Erin's strict parents ("They wouldn't even let me go to just any PG-13 movie. Hello? PG-13? I'm thirteen?"). Experimenting with disobedience (skipped seatbelt; forbidden party) initiates some sorrows that are only partly Erin's fault. Voice occasionally strains (calling her own breasts "my perky petes"?), and Vega unfortunately conflates poverty with smoking, lying and getting kicked out of school. However, Erin's ups and downs are humanizing, entertaining and real. (Fiction. 9-13)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316052511
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
342,057
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
10 - 18 Years

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