Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyHero Rob's plaint-``I have the weirdest family in the world''-might just prompt a chorus of recognition from similarly ``afflicted'' adolescents. Ages 9-12. (Aug.)
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 5-8-- Christopher ``Rob'' Robin, 12, has an unusual family. His father is a former pro surfer, his mother is obsessed with children's books, and his sister is a five-year-old genius who is frequently in the news. The last thing any seventh-grade boy wants is to be different. Worse, he makes an enemy of ``The Shark'' on the first day of school. In the course of the year, Rob gains insight and maturity that allows him to confront the bully and to accept his sister even after she invents a game that makes her a millionaire. This entertaining, sometimes touching story of self-realization is successful despite the exaggerated qualities of the characters. The adults are portrayed as a rather simple lot, and while Rob's relationships with his friends ring true at times, they are mostly shallow and played for easy humor. Certain poignant moments between Rob and Winnie aptly touch the antithetical relationship between siblings, of affection versus aggravation. Predictable but heartwarming, this is reminiscent of Jerry Spinelli's Space Station Seventh Grade (Little, 1982); Wardlaw uses similar lighthearted humor to illuminate the inevitable conflicts within families. --Carrol McCarthy, Tower Hill School, Wilmington, DE
- Scholastic, Inc.
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- 8 - 12 Years
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Seventh-Grade Weirdo based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Can Rob make it through the year with the Shark on his back? Or will Jenner make a full of him, or will his sister? You'll be surprised!
I liked your book because it was funny. And after every chapter it was suspenseful. It really made me want to read the next chapter. I thought the two best parts of the book was when Rob met Jenner,and the 17th. chapter.
the book was fun and creative. i couldn't put it down. the more you read the better it gets, until the very end.
Seventh-Grage Weirdo is probably the worst book I've ever read, and that's saying something, as I've read a ton of books, some of them being absolutely horrible. However, I think that this book would definately go at the top of the list. I would never have read it, had we not had to read it in school. The book is extremely cliche: a boy just starting a new school, a bully who seems only to have eyes for the main character, a 'hard-to-get' girl who the main character has a crush on, and one loyal, 'there-for-you' type of friend of the main character's. Lee Wardlaw definately needs to get some original ideas.