The Detention Club

The Detention Club

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by David Yoo
     
 

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Detention: The best worst thing to happen to Peter Lee?

Peter and his best friend, Drew, used to be so cool (or at least, not total outcasts) in elementary school. But now they're in middle school, where their extensive mica collection and prowess at kick ball have earned them a new label: losers.

Things go from bad to worse when Peter gets detention.

Overview

Detention: The best worst thing to happen to Peter Lee?

Peter and his best friend, Drew, used to be so cool (or at least, not total outcasts) in elementary school. But now they're in middle school, where their extensive mica collection and prowess at kick ball have earned them a new label: losers.

Things go from bad to worse when Peter gets detention. But what at first seems to spell his utter doom turns into an unlikely opportunity for making friends and influencing people. . . .

Editorial Reviews

Seattle Times
Praise for GIRLS FOR BREAKFAST: “Very funny and bravely rendered.”
New York Times Book Review
Praise for STOP ME IF YOU’VE HEARD THIS ONE BEFORE: “It wouldn’t seem possible to make high school jocks, popular girls and losers fresh and hilarious, but Yoo does it.”
ALA Booklist
“Peter’s earnest, myopic first-person narration is authentic and convincing, and Yoo exposes the precarious footing and shifting allegiances of middle school with a deft hand…. A mystery about the Fenwick Middle School thief contributes to the quick pace and adds a satisfactory surprise.”
Rachel Cohn
Praise for GIRLS FOR BREAKFAST: “Funny, dark, and subversive. Beware: you’ll never be able to look at a guy the same way after you read this book.”
Publishers Weekly
When Peter starts middle school, he and his best friend Drew discover they have become losers—turns out that collecting mica and talking in robot voices is "so fifth grade." The one bright spot for Peter is a class for gifted kids focused on creating inventions. But when he steals chemicals from science class to work on a prototype, he ends up with a month of detention—right alongside the school bullies, the Sweet brothers. Yoo's (Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before) plot meanders somewhat, but Peter and Drew's antics will keep readers laughing (during a talent show magic act, Peter tries escaping from a straitjacket, but ends up passed out "hanging upside down from the rafters"). After earning the Sweet brothers' respect, Peter begins to resurrect his reputation, but when his classmates suspect he's responsible for a rash of thefts at school, he and Drew make an elaborate plan to prove his innocence. Even readers who guess the thief's identity early on will be entertained by the boys' hijinks and empathize with their desire to fit in. Ages 10–up. (July)
School Library Journal
Gr 4—7—On the first day of sixth grade, Peter and his friend Drew are shocked to discover that they are no longer popular. Familiar things no longer seem important to their classmates ("That's so fifth grade!"), many of them became friendly with students from the other elementary school over the summer, and the school bullies have spotted them and are determined to make them miserable. The boys conduct several "get-popular-quick schemes," all of them ending in disappointment or disaster. Additionally, someone is on the prowl, determined to take something from every person. If Peter and Drew can catch the thief, then maybe they could finally recapture their lost stature. Yoo's quirky characters come off a little uneven, good for only an occasional laugh. While this story may hold some kids over until the next "Wimpy Kid" release, most libraries can safely pass.—Richelle Roth, Boone County Public Library, KY
Kirkus Reviews

Being cool in the sixth grade turns out to be an unexpected challenge.

Peter Lee isn't surprised to be accepted into the academically gifted program. Fifth grade was a breeze, and he and best friend Drew were popular because of their expert collecting skills. Peter's perfect, older sister Sunny warns him that middle school's completely different; she couldn't be more right. On the first day, Peter and Drew learn that no one followed through on their mica-collecting challenge from last year. There's no recess. Everyone grew. By the end of the day, Peter's pretty sure they're losers. How can they regain their popularity? Following Sunny around only proves she's busy, not popular. Faked pictures from parties "in another town" impress no one. Even a cool escapist act for the talent show only nets them embarrassing nicknames. When Peter ends up in detention, inspiration strikes, though it jeopardizes his friendship with Drew. Yoo's lovable loser becomes a whole lot less so when he preys on his best friend's naiveté. His journey from totally self-centered dweeb to team player is littered with wacky speed bumps (mostly of his own unwitting design), and preteens will see themselves and their peers in the halls of Fenwick Middle.

A slow start and a few uncomfortable laughs mar this at-times funny tale of a sixth-grade outcast. (Fiction. 9-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061783807
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/26/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
337,125
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

David Yoo is the author of the teen novels Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before and Girls for Breakfast. He is also a contributor to Guys Read: Funny Business. He spends his spare time staring unblinking (in either wonder or abject horror) at his newborn son, Griffin. David lives in Massachusetts, where he teaches in the MFA program at Pine Manor College and at the Gotham Writers' Workshop.

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Detention Club 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funniest book ever!
Joyce Stohlman More than 1 year ago
It starts out slow but gets better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So domb it was really boring for me and my daughter really i have
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George Azar More than 1 year ago
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