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Eleven-year-old David Greenberg dreams of becoming a TV superstar like his idol, Jon Stewart. But in real life, David is just another kid terrified of starting his first year at Harman Middle School. With a wacky sense of humor and hilarious Top 6? Lists, David spends his free time making TalkTime videos, which he posts on YouTube.
But when David and his best friend have a fight, David is lucky enough to make a pretty cool new friend, Sophie?who just (gulp) happens to be a girl....
Eleven-year-old David Greenberg dreams of becoming a TV superstar like his idol, Jon Stewart. But in real life, David is just another kid terrified of starting his first year at Harman Middle School. With a wacky sense of humor and hilarious Top 6½ Lists, David spends his free time making TalkTime videos, which he posts on YouTube.
But when David and his best friend have a fight, David is lucky enough to make a pretty cool new friend, Sophie—who just (gulp) happens to be a girl. Sophie thinks David's videos are hilarious, and she starts sending out the links to everyone she knows. Sophie's friends tell their friends, and before David knows it, thousands of people are viewing his videos—including some of the last people he would have expected.
Praise for How to Survive Middle School
"Gephart maps the hormonal, emotionally torturous terrain of pubescent boyhood with realistic dialogue, well-developed secondary characters and age-appropriate humor and insight, placing this title in the same august league as Jordan Sonnenblick’s Girls, Drums and Dangerous Pie."--Kirkus, starred.
With short chapters and broad humor, this one is for "Wimpy Kid" aficionados."—School Library Journal, starred.
"A deft balance of clever humor and poignant drama makes for an engaging and thoroughly enjoyable coming-of-age story, one to which many young readers, particularly boys, will find themselves relating . . . excellent cast of supporting characters . . . there are enough laughs, tears and additional contributions from a camera-loving hamster here to make this one appeal to Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans."—The Bulletin of the Center for Childern's Books
"Gephart crafts for her likable protagonist an engaging, feel-good transition into adolescence that’s well stocked with tears and laughter."—Booklist
"This funny, tender novel . . . is relatable and compulsively readable."—Publisher's Weekly
The first day of summer vacation is important, because what you do that day sets the tone for the rest of summer.
That's why my best friend, Elliott Berger, is coming over to watch the Daily Show episodes I've recorded. Mom and I used to watch them together. She always said the host, Jon Stewart, stood up for the little guy, which is funny, because Jon Stewart is a little guy—five feet seven inches. According to Wikipedia, the average height for men in the United States is five feet nine and a half inches.
Let's just say I can totally relate to Jon's height issue.
Anyway, I record other shows, like The Colbert Report and Late Show, too, but mostly Elliott and I watch The Daily Show. We both think Jon Stewart is hilarious and a great interviewer. Someday I'm going to be a famous talk show host like Jon.
He and I have a lot in common.
1. We're both Jewish.
2. We both have our own talk shows—but mine's different from his. It's called TalkTime and I post the shows on YouTube.
3. We're both vertically challenged (but I still have time to grow).
Since Elliott won't be here for a while, I shoot my first TalkTime of the summer without him.
First I set up the studio (aka my bedroom) by taping a poster of New York City's skyline on my wall, kind of like they do on the Late Show with David Letterman. That way it looks like I'm shooting in an exciting location instead of boring Bensalem, Pennsylvania, where the biggest news is that they opened a Golden Corral buffet restaurant on Street Road. (Yes, I know that's a weird name for a road, but that's what it's called. It's almost as stupid as parking in a driveway and driving on a parkway.)
Anyway, next I make sure my special guest is ready in the greenroom (aka the bathroom).
Finally, I set my camera on the tripod in my bedroom, bang two empty paper-towel rolls together and say, "Action!"
Using my best talk show host voice, I begin: "Welcome to TalkTime with David Greenberg." I scribble on a piece of paper with a grand flourish, like Jon Stewart does on The Daily Show. Then I crumple the paper, toss it into my laundry basket and keep talking. "It's our first show of the summer and it's going to be a hot one. Ha! Ha!"
I hear Hammy's wheel spin like crazy, so I turn the camera toward his cage and give him a close-up. "And now," I say, "your moment of Hammy." As though on cue, Hammy hops off his wheel, looks up and twitches his whiskers.
I smile and think about how I'll edit that later, showing a split screen—Hammy on the right, credits scrolling on the left.
I point the camera back at myself and sit in front of fake New York. "Before we get to today's special guest, it's time for Top Six and a Half with David Greenberg.
"Top Six and a Half Things That I, David Todd Greenberg, Will Miss About Longwood Elementary School.
"One: The lunch lady who snuck ice cream onto my tray every Friday. By the way, awesome hairnet, lunch lady.
"Two: Student of the Week, which I won a total of seven times—more than anyone in the history of Longwood El. Wahoo!"
I pace around my room until I come up with number three. "Three: Helping Ms. Florez in the TV studio with morning announcements. She said I was the best news anchor she ever had."
I pace again and trip on the tripod. The camera topples, but I catch it. I can edit that out later, though it'll make a weird jump in the action. It would probably be safer if I wrote my Top Six and a Half before I filmed them! Back in front of fake New York, I take a deep breath and say, "Four: Spanish Club.
"Five: Academic Games.
"Six: Watching Coach Lukasik, who is definitely not vertically challenged—that man could be an NBA superstar—hula hoop during P.E. with the girls.
"And the thing I'll miss most about Longwood El?
"Six and one-half: Everything!"
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It was over all a story of how this kid was going into middle school with hard times. Like a heart braking hamster, a cute girl he likes, an evil bully set out to give him a swirlly, and a former best freind. This is a great book for 5th grade kids heading into middle school!!!
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Have you wondered what it would be like to be a YouTube sensation? David Greenberg, the main character of Donna Gephart’s How to Survive Middle School, finds this out as he enters middle school for the very first time. After breaking up with his best friend Elliot, this book contains a tiny bit of mystery. The mystery as to why Elliot was so obsessed with Cara Epstein and her purple hearts. David has troubles at school, but at home, his YouTube videos are doing so well! Between a surprising hamster, a red-headed crush, and avoiding the school bully and his new friend, (Elliot!) David has enough drama going on in his life. But will the success of his videos help him through this awful time?
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When I read this book I thought it was every good and it is a good book for middle school students. I think that it was every good.
When I read this book I thought it was every good and it is a good book for middle school students. I think that it was every good. In this book there are a lot of tips to help you survive middle school and there is a girl named Ella that uses the tips. She also is scared to talk and every day after lunch she finds note in her locker all the time. She thinks it someone that likes her but to find out more you have to read the book
I think this book is for the age ten and up because sometimes it is hard to understand. I think it is a good story for the people that like drama and action stories I would recommend this book for anyone that likes action and drama stories. I think that if you read this story you will like it.
this book well tell you all about went Ella went through in middle school and you could take her tips. I think this book is every good for everyone to read because it tells you what to do in middle school and what not to do.
This book is full of action and drama it is every good. I think this book was every good and to find out more go to your library and check it out
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I hav it in real life but not on my nook. U need to get this i lov it!!! I give it 5 stars i will not say why u hav to read it. :)
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