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.
Scott Hudson's life is busy enoughavoiding 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.
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.
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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Reviews and Accolades for Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
A BCCB Blue Ribbon Book
[A] fresh, genuinely funny picture of an earnest yet hapless teen . . .A solidly enjoyable read sprinkled with laughs, puzzles, a few groans, some oh-I-get-it nods, and generally good geeky fun throughout."−BCCB
" . . . plenty of amusing, accurate observations about freshman life, from the insecurities of first dates to the dangers of walking the hall between classes."−Booklist
"Lessons are learned, humor mixed with sadness is prevalent, and the bittersweet year comes to a satisfying end for both the reader and Scott."−VOYA
". . . hilarious . . . Scott's character arc is extremely satisfying . . . Lubar's language use and writing style are deceptively simple. The teen's physical and emotional tumult is as clear, familiar, and complex as high school itself."−SLJ
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"[A] solidly enjoyable read sprinkled with laughs, puzzles, a few groans, some oh-I-get-it nods, and generally good geeky fun throughout."
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review