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Fans of Millicent Min, Girl Genius, have a chance to take a closer look at Millicent's nemesis, Stanford Wong, in this winsome companion novel told from Stanford's point of view. Here, behind Stanford's pesky exterior, readers will discover a complicated, vulnerable and lovable hero, whose summer after sixth grade begins on a sour note. After flunking English class, Stanford must give up his opportunity to go to a prestigious basketball camp in order to attend summer school. To add insult to injury, his parents have hired brainy Millicent (whom they both greatly admire) to be his private tutor. Meanwhile, tensions rise in Stanford's home due to Mr. Wong's recent obsession with work and Mrs. Wong's suggestion that Stanford's beloved but forgetful, live-in grandmother, Yin-Yin be placed in a nursing home. During a summer filled with painful growing experiences, Stanford learns there is more to life than basketball as he struggles to win his father's acceptance, falls in love for the first time and develops surprising loyalties to much taunted Millicent and the “Teacher Torturer,” who flunked him. Upon finishing this book, those who have already opened their hearts to Millicent will find room to include Stanford too, and will likely want to know how both will fare in the upcoming school year
\\\\\\\\Yee, Lisa. Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time. 2005. 256p. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $16.99 (0-439-62247-6).
Gr. 47. Yee, who won the 2004 Sid Fleischman Humor Award for Millicent Minn, Girl Genius (2003), offers an equally funny sequel, switching viewpoints to Stanford Wong, who, after flunking sixth-grade English, must forgo celebrity basketball camp for summer school and afternoon tutoring with Millicent. During their sessions, the former adversaries grudgingly discover that they have more in common than just their grandmothers, who are best friends, and each helps the other move through messy predicaments grounded in their own embarrassment and lies. Yee weights the lively sparring between her young characters (and Stanford's new crush on Millicent's friend) with Stanford's worries at home: his grandmother, recently placed in a nursing home; his parents' fights; and his remote, overworked father, who never seems pleased. Young readers will find themselves chortling over comedic scenes, delivered in Stanford's genuine, age-appropriate voice, even as the well-drawn, authentic heartache about family, friends, and integrity reaches directly into their lives. Young sports fans, particularly boys, will appreciate a portrait of a wholly likable underachiever in the classroom who shines on the court. Gillian Engberg
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I absolutely LOVED this book! I've read it and reread it over and over. It's so cool how Lisa Yee wrote 3 books about the same summer and the same events--but they're all equally interesting and great reads! Stanford's story was my favorite because all of Stanford's lies to his family, friends, and Emily pull you into the story and don't let you go until the book is done. The dialogue between Stanford and his friends is believable and funny, and my favorite parts were when Millicent was trying to tutor Stanford and he was too busy focusing on Emily--the way Stanford thinks and talks was hilarious! I love how Lisa Yee made a character so realistic and funny that you wish she'd write a sequel about him! Again, this was an awesome book, and you really don't want to miss it!
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Posted November 17, 2008
It's the last day of sixth grade, and Stanford Wong can't wait to get out of school and go to Alan Scott's Basketball Camp, the best camp any basketball player could dream of. This is going to be the summer of his life... <BR/><BR/>...well, that is until he receives his grade for English class: a big fat F. <BR/><BR/>An F means that basketball camp is over. Stanford needs to go to summer school instead. Not only that, Stanford will be tutored by the annoying genius Millicent Min. <BR/><BR/>What else can go wrong? <BR/><BR/>Lots more! Stanford's parents are not getting along, and his grandma recently moved into a nursing home where she's miserable. On top of all that, Stanford obviously cannot let his friends and the girl he likes, Emily Ebers, know that he flunked big time! This is certainly not going to be the best summer of his life. <BR/><BR/>Or is it? <BR/><BR/>Lisa Yee is not only a funny lady, but she has done something quite original: she's written three novels (that's not the original part), and each one of them tells the story from the point of view of a character that eventually shows up in her other books: MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS; SO TOTALLY EMILY EBERS; and STANFORD WONG FLUNKS BIG-TIME. <BR/><BR/>Of the three titles, I have only read this one, but I'm sure that readers of the other two books will enjoy reading this novel to find out what Stanford thinks about girls, parents, friends, and basketball. And they'll also find out Stanford's biggest secret: when he gets nervous HE KNITS! <BR/><BR/>The back of the book contains a section with an interview with the author, a recipe for Stanford's grandma's Won Tons, and much more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 23, 2008
Hm. Now, I suppose that since it's the same summer, different point of view written second, it doesn't matter what order I read them in, does it? This book is funny, heartwarming, all that stuff. I considered reading the other ones for years, and now I know they wll.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 24, 2008
standford wong was such a great book it wasso hard to put it down. at night if i had to go to sleep i would get mad because it was so intresting.i would reccomened it to any one who is going to middle school or is in middle school.the book was awesomeWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted March 15, 2007
This is the best book I've read in a long time I'm only eleven and I'm in the Sixth Grade just like Stanford. I alomst done with the book. I can't put it down. I can't wait to read Totally Emily Ebers and Millicent Min Girl Genuis. Lisa Yee you are a great author, and I'm to get all of my friends to read because we all like books like this one. I hope you readers out there enjoy the book as much as I did!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 26, 2007
This is a great book if you loved Millicent Min, Girl Genius! Almost as good as So Totally Emily Embers, which is Lisa Yee's newest book about Millicent's friend Emily. All three rock!!!The reading level is a little low for good readers but it is a fun book to read. I found it very easy but enjoyable.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 5, 2006
My 9 yr old loved this book. He was laughing and sometimes snickering throughout the entire book. He read it for sheer enjoyment and is waiting with bated breath for Lisa Yee's next book. I highly recommend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 6, 2005
I read Lisa Yee's novel, MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS, and was curious about this one. I'm happy to report that it's just as funny and moving as the first. Stanford Wong is Millicent's enemy and this story is from his point of view, and takes place the same summer as her book. Stanford is a boy obsessed with basketball, and who hates school. He has to be tutored by a child genius and is horrified. Especially when he falls for her best friend. So he lies about tutoring and other things. His homelife is pretty rotten, too. Still, the book is full of humor and wit and I highly recommend it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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