Can You Get an F In Lunch? (How I Survived Middle School Series #1) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Overview

After spending the night studying the Joyce Kilmer Middle School Handbook, Jenny McAfee feels totally prepared to start sixth grade. But Jenny has another reason to feel confident. She'll have her best friend, Addie Wilson, right there by her side.

When Jenny and Addie meet at their lockers the next morning, Jenny finds out that Addie has other plans—and they don't include her. Could Addie really be ditching her for The Pops—the coolest seventh...

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Overview

After spending the night studying the Joyce Kilmer Middle School Handbook, Jenny McAfee feels totally prepared to start sixth grade. But Jenny has another reason to feel confident. She'll have her best friend, Addie Wilson, right there by her side.

When Jenny and Addie meet at their lockers the next morning, Jenny finds out that Addie has other plans—and they don't include her. Could Addie really be ditching her for The Pops—the coolest seventh graders in the school?

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Editorial Reviews

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On the very first day of middle school, Jenny McAfee's hopes for the year are punctured when her best friend dumps her. An auspicious start to a light-spirited series about friendship, adolescence, and anxiety.
Publishers Weekly

Krulik (the Katie Kazoo Switcheroo series) treads on tried-and-true turf in the first installment of the How I Survived Middle School series, but does so credibly and affectingly. Having read the middle school handbook cover-to-cover, likable narrator Jenny arrives on the first day of sixth grade confident that she knows the ropes. And she's wearing a t-shirt from the sleepaway camp she attended over the summer-how cool is that? Not in the slightest, she realizes, as she spies her best friend Addie sporting a stylish, sophisticated outfit ("Middle School Rule #1: A big green t-shirt with a lizard on the front is not mature"). Things go downhill from there: searching for the cafeteria, she gets "punked" by eighth-graders who give her directions to a nonexistent elevator, and she eats the lunch she's brought from home (another faux pas) in a phone booth while pretending to chat on the phone after Addie abandons her for the popular crowd. Readers will cringe at-and sympathize with-Jenny as her earnest attempts to fit in with Addie's new gang fail miserably. But a group of warm, independent-minded kids befriend her, raising her spirits and self-esteem and helping her gain perspective on Addie's snobby, superficial clique. Also guiding Jenny through the middle school quagmire is a Web site she discovers, www.middleschoolsurvival.com, which contains school- and friend-related quizzes (Scholastic will supply an actual Web site at this address). Jenny and Addie vie for the class presidency in Madame President, due out this month as well. Ages 9-12. (June)

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Children's Literature - Heidi Quist
In this title from the "How I Survived Middle School" series, Jenny McAfee begins middle school on a bad note, including everything from wearing the wrong clothes and being sent on a wild goose chase by some eighth graders, to losing her best friend to the popular crowd, a.k.a. "the pops." However, because they have been friends since kindergarten, Jenny takes a few weeks to pick up on the clues that Addie Wilson would rather not be seen with her. In order to prove herself worthy of the pops, Jenny goes out of her way to get the right clothes and the right make-up, and of course be in the right places, only to discover very mean girls who will never see her as good enough. Fortunately, along the way, a new crowd from another elementary school steps in to show Jenny real friendship and how to have real fun. Krulik's characters are both diverse and believable—and the new crowd definitely likeable. The water fights and cafeteria conversations draw the reader in and make middle school seem not only survivable but enjoyable. However, the story is not as positive on the family scene. The few views we have of Jenny's mom show her likeable, even to her friends, but only embarrassing to Jenny, leaving her to feel she needs to rely on the Internet to overcome her problems—an unfortunate example for youth who might need a little more encouragement to trust and open up to their parents. Additionally, at the end, Jenny feels no shame for a food fight she initiates with Addie, is rewarded with popularity among some of the respected eighth graders for this behavior, and gloats at how much better she is than the pops, conveying the unfortunate message that vengeance and meanness areappropriate behaviors.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781417791521
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Series: How I Survived Middle School Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 101
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Krulik
Nancy Krulik

Nancy Krulik lives in New York, New York. John & Wendy live in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    A horror experienced by just about everyone - the first days of middle school. Changing classes, finding your way around, trying to keep old friends and making new ones - it's one potential disaster after another. <BR/><BR/>Jenny McAfee is excited and scared all at the same time. After eight weeks away at summer sleepover camp, she feels pretty confident that she's got what it takes to conquer middle school. She doesn't realize that her BFF (best friend forever) has suddenly become part of the popular crowd. It's amazing the changes that can happen when you're gone a few weeks over the summer. <BR/><BR/>The first frightening day finds Jenny dressed all wrong, rushing to class, and getting lost on the way to the cafeteria. The eighth graders play the famous `take the elevator by the pool trick,' and Jenny totally falls for it. When she does finally find the cafeteria, there's no room at her friends' table and she eats all alone in the telephone booth. It's almost more than she can take. How can she even think about coming back for day number two? <BR/><BR/>Nancy Krulik begins a new series with CAN YOU GET AN F IN LUNCH? by creating Jenny, a character most readers will find more familiar than they probably want to admit. This quick read is filled with typical frustrations of being a middle schooler. Added bonuses are little pop quizzes Jenny says she finds on a middle school survival website. Readers can try the quizzes right along with Jenny and her friends. <BR/><BR/>Middle grade readers, especially girls, are sure to enjoy this series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2008

    I am going into fifth grade!

    I liked this book because it told me about middle school and I am actually going to fifth grade and I actually thought that it might or won't help me but I might try when I actually go into middle school.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2007

    It got me ready!

    I thought this book was very good. Before I read this book I was very scared of going into middle school. Now I feel better. It told me to not worry. Things change. And so do you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    AMAZING!

    OMG! This book was great! BUY IT AND THE WHOLE SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 24, 2010

    Loving This!

    I LOVE THIS SERIES! I'm a 6th grader so I relate to Jenny, the main character. So far I've read 'Can You Get an F in Lunch? (#1)', 'The New Girl (#4)', and 'Cheat Sheet (#5)'. I'm gonna get the rest of the series! BUY THIS BOOK!

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  • Posted July 23, 2010

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    Verry Intelligent

    I am going into 8th grade and I read this the summer before i went into 6th grade. It has brains!

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  • Posted October 6, 2009

    One of my daughter's best series books

    My fourth grade daughter asked for this book in summer. She loves it very much. For reading before her bed-time, this series is her favorite!

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  • Posted September 21, 2009

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    Outsanding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is a great book for 5th and 6th grades
    it teaches alot about middle school!!!!

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

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    Great series!

    It was fun to read but the 8th book in the series is my favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2008

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    The book it self is a good story line but the acual message in TERRIBLE! The website is talking about what is in so u can b cool and how to act in w/ the popular kids!!! I am in middle school and by reading this book then going on the website it will send them the wrong message and scare them! READ THIS BOOK AFTER U GO THROUGH MIDDLE SCHOOL!~ DONT BUT IT FOR UPCOMMING MDIDLE SCHOOLERS!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2008

    ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS EVER!!!!!

    When I finished this book, I could not stop myself from reading the whole series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS BOOK ROCKS!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2007

    amazing

    it was so good i read them all and if they come out with a 5th one i'll buy it immediatly! I hope theycome out with more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2007

    You Can Survive Middle School!!

    I was very worried to start middle school. But this book gave me hope! And it teaches a remarkable lesson. It teaches that it's better to have a few close, true friends than to be friends with the most popular, stuck up kids at school.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2007

    A VERY GOOD BOOK!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is very very good!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2007

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    A horror experienced by just about everyone ¿ the first days of middle school. Changing classes, finding your way around, trying to keep old friends and making new ones ¿ it¿s one potential disaster after another. Jenny McAfee is excited and scared all at the same time. After eight weeks away at summer sleepover camp, she feels pretty confident that she¿s got what it takes to conquer middle school. She doesn¿t realize that her BFF (best friend forever) has suddenly become part of the popular crowd. It¿s amazing the changes that can happen when you¿re gone a few weeks over the summer. The first frightening day finds Jenny dressed all wrong, rushing to class, and getting lost on the way to the cafeteria. The eighth graders play the famous `take the elevator by the pool trick,' and Jenny totally falls for it. When she does finally find the cafeteria, there¿s no room at her friends¿ table and she eats all alone in the telephone booth. It¿s almost more than she can take. How can she even think about coming back for day number two? Nancy Krulik begins a new series with CAN YOU GET AN F IN LUNCH? by creating Jenny, a character most readers will find more familiar than they probably want to admit. This quick read is filled with typical frustrations of being a middle schooler. Added bonuses are little pop quizzes Jenny says she finds on a middle school survival website. Readers can try the quizzes right along with Jenny and her friends. Middle grade readers, especially girls, are sure to enjoy this series. **Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka 'Readingjunky'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2007

    Great lesson!

    This shows kids not to belong to cliques and to have a varity of friends. And to stand-up for yourself and your friends. It also shows kids how middle school really is. It is actually like a guide for girls!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2007

    Can you get an F in lunch?- A great story that teaches a bad lesson.

    This story is fun to read, but it teaches a lesson that kids should not learn. This book teaches to fight fire with fire. It teaches that if someone is mean to you, you should be mean back. When Jenny defends here friend Felicia, she is also insulting her old friend, Addie. This book teaches that if someone is mean, you should act mean to them to, but it's not true! If someone is mean to you, and you are mean back, than you are mean, just like them.

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