Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie

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Starting high school is never easy. Seniors take your lunch money. Girls you?ve known forever are suddenly beautiful and unattainable. And you can never get enough sleep. Could there be a worse time for Scott?s mother to announce she?s pregnant? Scott decides high school would be a lot less overwhelming if it came with a survival manual, so he begins to write down tips for his new sibling. Meanwhile, he?s trying his best to capture the attention of Julia, the freshman goddess. In the process, Scott manages to ...

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Overview

Starting high school is never easy. Seniors take your lunch money. Girls you’ve known forever are suddenly beautiful and unattainable. And you can never get enough sleep. Could there be a worse time for Scott’s mother to announce she’s pregnant? Scott decides high school would be a lot less overwhelming if it came with a survival manual, so he begins to write down tips for his new sibling. Meanwhile, he’s trying his best to capture the attention of Julia, the freshman goddess. In the process, Scott manages to become involved in nearly everything the school has to offer. So while he tries to find his place in the confusing world of high school, win Julia’s heart, and keep his sanity, Scott will be recording all the details for his sibling’s—and your—enjoyment.

While navigating his first year of high school and awaiting the birth of his new baby brother, Scott loses old friends and gains some unlikely new ones as he hones his skills as a writer.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Jo Edwards
Shortly after Scott Hudson begins his freshmen year in high school, his mother announces that she is pregnant. Scott vents his frustrations in an advice journal to his unborn sibling. One morning he notices how gorgeous his kindergarten friend Julia has become. Conversely, Scott's stomach turns when he sees Lee, the new girl with green hair and multiple facial piercings. But Scott slowly notices that he and Lee share similar interests. Scott invites Lee to the last dance of the year. When Scott picks her up, he does not recognize Lee without her weird hair and facial metal. Lee encourages Scott to ask Julia for a dance. After their dance, he realizes that Lee is the girl for him. Later that night, Scott meets his baby brother. This unabridged recording by Full Cast Audio is a touching, amusing, and professional production with many beneficial aspects. Listeners will sense how the Hudson family members truly care about one another. Even though Scott's journal includes insults, it is obvious that his intentions are good. Since Scott's favorite subject is Honors English, the listener will be entertained while learning about poetry, short stories versus novels, and the value of books. On the other hand, Lubar addresses illiteracy through the difficulties that Scott's older brother faces. Scott is a positive role model for young adult listeners because he is sensitive, intelligent, motivated, creative, and a good friend.
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Scott Hudson's life is busy enough—avoiding lunch-money-stealing upperclassmen, finishing loads of homework on time, and impressing an old kindergarten pal turned hot; the last thing he has time to deal with is a baby. Unfortunately, there's not much he can do; his mother is expecting a child who will be fifteen years younger than Scott. How's a guy to deal? Scott takes the reader humorously through his freshman year of high school, recording his thoughts, fears, and wisdom in a “journal” he plans to give to his new sibling. Little does he know that in the process of trying to get by, he is learning what it means to be a friend, an honorable man, and a brother. Through an uplifting story, David Lubar shares a true teenager's perspective. The familiarity and honesty of the characters allows the narrative to unfold with startling realism. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie is a recommended read for those searching for laughs and a genuine voice in young adult literature. 2005, Dutton Children's Books, 279 pp., Ages young adult.
—Rebecca Aicher
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Scott Hudson begins his freshman year of high school as a source of income to Wesley, the school shakedown artist. The girl he's known since kindergarten has blossomed into a goddess, but doesn't seem to know he's alive. He gets roped into writing the sports column for the school newspaper, even though he's not an athlete. On top of everything else, his mom is pregnant. As Scott maneuvers through a number of serious situations--bullying, a suicidal classmate, school dances--he still manages to be upbeat and true to himself. Overloaded with extracurricular activities and honors homework, he begins a journal filled with lists and tips for his expected sibling on how to survive freshman year. As the school year and his mom's pregnancy progress, Scott begins to find his niche at school in David Lubar's laugh-out-loud novel (Dutton, 2005). The main narration is more than capably done by Ryan MacConnell as Scott. The rest of the characters are voiced by a variety of actors, adding depth to Scott's experiences. Unobtrusive music throughout enhances the recording, including a lullaby whenever Scott writes in his journal for the baby. An excellent choice for public and school libraries.-Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Scott's wacky life always plays out in totally unexpected ways. His excitement to be a freshman, finally, is overturned by the horrible reality where he's whacked on the head on the bus, his spare change is stolen, he's totally ignored by all females and he constantly suffers being the lowliest of the low. Even at home, things have turned upside down with older hunky brother's return to base and Mom's surprise announcement of a new sibling to come. Scott nicknames the new arrival Smelly-a combo of Sean and Emily appropriate for either gender, and writes a "NOT a diary" journal with advice and tips for the future. Lubar's gift is in his presentation of the horrors of daily life and the humor that sneaks in as real-life lessons are inadvertently learned. The mystery is who the true friends turn out to be, and the comedy is inherent in how hard it is to learn to go with the flow. Fresh, funny and perfectly plausible as a demonstration of various writing exercises for classroom use, but only if you like laughter. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142407806
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 1/18/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 142,348
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

David Lubar

David Lubar is the author of many popular novels for young readers, including Hidden Talents and Dunk. He has also published many short stories in young adult anthologies. He lives in Pennsylvania.

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  • Posted July 9, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Ageless!

    This book may be getting told by a young boy starting as a high school freshmen, but I'm an older girl starting as a college freshmen and I found it just as compelling, relatatble, and nostalgic as I would have if I had read it before my first day of high school.

    With a new baby coming, starting high school, keeping his friends close but his bullies far away, young Scott has a lot on his plate. When he finds himself overloading with extracurriculars to get close to his gorgeous classmate, sitting with the scariest guy in school at lunch, and standing up for the green-haired, freaky b***h, his freshmen year gets tossed into and unforgettable, life-changing adventure.

    This book also has some very interesting tidbits about certain books, poems, classic writing humor, etc. If English is your favorite subject, read it just for this!

    Funny and an excellent read... reccommend to all ages and genders.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2010

    Hysterical book

    Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie:

    In David Lubar's Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie, Scott Hudson is just an average kid. he has the same goal as any incoming Freshmen, to survive high school. While battling upper-classmen, mean teachers, and his ownfriends; Scott learns to cope with these new challenges and get a new aspect on life. Also with a new brother on the way, anything could go wrong in his once seemingly perfect life.
    I thought this book was great. Written in a way that middle schoolers can relate to, it was filled with everyday antics that most people just overlook in life. Lubar used simple words that showed his clever way of getting the point across. One of my favorite parts of the book was when Scott would write in his journal: Scott Hudson's Guide to Surviving High School. He wrote this to warn his soon to be brother about how not to get killed. In this journal there are insanely funny ways to avoid upperclassmen, not get made fun of, and how to NOT blend in with the crowd.
    I liked how Lubar chose such an interesting plot that everybody has, or will, experience. This wonderful book shows middle schoolers what high school is like and reminds adults what it was like. (High school can get really tricky.)
    Once again I think this was a phenomenal book and I would recommend it to anyone, especially if you are looking for a laugh.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2010

    Loved It

    I read this a while ago, while I was in high school, and I still remember this book. It was an incredible read, and it kept my attention. I couldn't stop reading because I wanted to know what was going to happen to Scott. Scott was a great main character; I was connected with him and his journey through high school and family issues. Honestly, I never laughed out loud at a book so much. Defintitely worth checking out. You won't be disappointed.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    NYREADER

    Had to read this for summer reading, for school! I couldnt put ot down! It was soooo good! I felt soo bad fro Scott,as al lof his friemds start to ditch him, but i loved his creativity in the school newspaper. His desire to date Julia was a mix of desprate and passion, amd i can totaly realte, sorta.
    Solid book, great book. Great characters! Awesome, easy, enjoyable read!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

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    Fantastic Book

    Sleeping Freshman Never Lie is a great book for anyone who wants a good quick read that will make you laugh. This book is about a freshman in high school named Scott Hudson and a few of his friends and family members. The story starts out with Scott ready and excited for high school but after a few weeks his life turns upside down! His best friend from kindergarten, Julia, turns into a total cutie, his mother is pregnant, his best friend moves away, and Scott might like the new Goth girl, Lee, who is known to be freaky.Scott does everything he possibly can just to get close to Julia; from joining the school paper to doing the school play. The whole time he is in school Scott writes in a journal that he will give to his un-born brother. This book is perfect for ages 12 and up. Or mature 11 year olds. I loved this book from the first page to the last. I highly recommend it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2008

    Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie

    This book is about a boy named Scott who is coaping with life in the 9th grade and just after the start of his freshmen year he finds out his mother is pregnant. He also finds out that a girl he was friends with in kindergarten turned hot! So one day after the second day of highschool scott starts making a survival guide to give to his unborn brother. During his whole time in 9th grade he joins clubs like the school newspaper, Student council, and the school plays just to get to see julia (the girl who he was friends with in kindergarten) but soon he relizes that julia dropped out of those clubs he was pset but still stayed with the programs. Through half way towards the end scott is starting to loose friends but at the same time he is gaining them back. At the end of the story scott invites the new girl in the school to the last school dance. At the dance lee (The new girl) encourages scott to ask julia for a dance but after scott dances with julia he relizes that Lee is the girl for him. Shortly after the dance scott meets his new baby brother.<BR/>I thought this was an outstanding book for readers 13 and up and mature 11 to 12 year olds. I say that because there are a few cause words a terms that would be strong for younger readers. In my book I would rate this book a 9 out of 10.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2008

    How will Scott Hudson ever survive his 1st year of high school?

    Sleeping freshman never lie, is a book that all ages can enjoy. Scott, a new freshman, faces the challenges that every middle schooler fears. How will he ever survive? He worries about getting shoved in his locker, being beaten up, and hanging out with the wrong people. Everything is changing in this new, social world. His friends have either moved away, or left him for another clique. He misses out on getting a book review to write, his gym teacher is out to kill him, and he is practically forced to try for student council. On top of all the struggles of being a new freshman, the girl he likes, Julia, never seems to notice him, his mom's pregnant, and he faces total rejection from the school, for befriending Lee, an `emo¿ kid. Scott takes the reader through a journey, as he writes of his year in a diary he plans to give his unborn sibling. As his journey as a freshman finally ends, he walk¿s away learning more then he could ever imagine. The lonely boy in the beginning of the story ends up realizing how important the small things really are in life. As a middle schooler, I have never experienced being a freshman in high school, but after reading this light and funny book, high school doesn¿t seem so bad. It actually seems kinda funny. :)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    Ok

    It was pretty good. I wouldnt say it was my favorite or really suggest it but it wasnt BAD. I guess it depends on theperson

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    Amazing book

    Sleeping freshmen never lie is an amzing book. Lubar gives you insight on what its like to be an actual freshman. Overall the book is insanely funny. This is a must read for those who have not gone through high scholl yet and even those who have might enjoy it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2011

    Recommended!

    This book is very interesting. I love that it included humor and small English lessons. I got so caught up in the little challenges. Overall, awesome book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    Best. Book. Ever.

    i bought this book in the first place because it was my summer reading assignment. seeing as it was summer, & homework, i wasn't looking forward to it. but one i finally sat down and read it, i couldn't get up until i finished. Truly amazing. Want to know why? Buy it(: please! it amazing!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2011

    JUST RIGHT!

    I GOT THIS BOOK A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO BECAUSE I JUST BEGAN HIGHSCHOOL TOO. AND IT WAS ONE OF THE BOOKS MY TEACHER TOLD US TO READ.IT WAS A REALLY GOOD BOOK AND PERFECT FOR KIDS JUST STARTING HIGHSCHOOL.FUNNY,CLEVER AND REALISTIC. DAN LUBAR'S BOOK IS WORTH READING :-D

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

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    Recommended

    Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie is a awsome book. It talks about all the challenges that Freshmen have to face. It also has alot of good life lessons and is very interesting. Scott Hudson is the main character and you follow him around in his epic quest to conquere Freshmen year. This book is exciting and a bit funny. If your a Freshmen than I highly recommend you read this book out.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2010

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    not bad

    this book was actually not that bad. it is not one of my favorite books but it was a fun read. the book was very relatable but at some parts it got boring. scott is a funny dude and survived his first year of high school and i hope his tips will help me on my first day. if you want a quick fun read u should get this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2010

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    AWESOME!!!!

    i loved this book!!! it was amazing& i just couldnt put it down. Sure, at times it's unrealistic, but it's still extremely interesting!!! i loved that i could related 2 the main character (the fact that he loved 2 read)
    & this book was funny too!! i would totally recommend it!! it was just plain awesome!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2010

    One of my favorites!

    I borrowed this book from my school library a few months ago. It actually took me a few years to pick it up and give it a chance (i'm a senior now. And i guess you could say i was 'judging the book by it's cover') But i decided to give it a chance and after reading the first chapter, i was hooked. I think what i found most interesting was that Scott, the main character, kept a notebook in which he wrote down tips for his unborn brother. I like writing and i like reading books about kids that have the same interests as i do. In fact, i liked the book so much, i read it twice in a row! It's definitely relatable and holds your interest down to the very end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Hmmm

    I never read yet but i hope that i will like it when/if i do but thanks yu guys for telling me if its great or not. I cant wait to try it becase of all the good reviews:)

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  • Posted October 7, 2013

    Highly recommend this book was assigned by high school loved it

    Please read!!

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

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    I Also Recommend:

    Freshmen Are Compelling. I might've read this as a junior in hig

    Freshmen Are Compelling. I might've read this as a junior in high school, but I remembered what it was like to be a freshy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    CAT

    Amazing book must read for preteens enjoy

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