Surviving Seventh Grade is set in the 1950s, before life was complicated by smart phones, video games, texting and even personal computers. It focuses – with humor – on the emotions and problems of becoming a teenager – as seen through the eyes of a thirteen-year-old boy. These issues remain very similar to what kids deal with today as they begin “junior high” or middle school.
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About the Author
He was a regular contributor to the Concord Monitor for two decades and has also been an occasional contributor to New Hampshire Magazine, and has written for other magazines and newspapers over the last thirty years.
Currie has previously published three collections of poetry, Daydreams (2004), Riding in Boxcars (2006), and In the Cat’s Eye (2009). In 2011 he published his first collection of essays, Granite Grumblings: Life in the “Live Free or Die” State, a humorous look at life in New Hampshire. Surviving Seventh Grade is his second young adult book, and includes many of the characters from A Boy’s First Diary (2007). Further information is available on his website:
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There is a new emerging genre of the first person "journal" or "diary" in the children's and young adult fiction. One notable series is the "Diary of the Wimpy Kid" series in which catoons and a handwritten type of font are used inorder to simulate a kid's journal. The most common themes center around school and friendships of elementary and middle aged school kids. Surviving Seventh Grade by Clenn K. Currie is a new book in the first person journal genre. It is a sequel to an earlier book written by the author. Nevertheless, the reader does not need to read the first book inorder to enjoy this independent story. One notable distinction with Surviving Seventh Grade is that Currie's story gives the reader a glimpse into the past. The main character is a seventh grade boy who journals about his school experiences in the 1950s. Some of these experiences are unique to the particular time period and the references will most likely be appreciated by the older generation of parents and grandparanets as well. For example, what modern kid has never heard of yogurt? It is now a staple in moden school cafeterias as a side dish with lunch. Yet, the young hero had never heard of yogurt and had to ask his mother to explain the concept. Described by the previous generation as "fermented milk" with "bugs" added, it sounds unappealing. Apparently in the 50s, the cool kids used a type of grease known as "Brylcreem" in their hair. Modern kids might not understand or remember the reference with the same nostalgia as urrie, but enough explanation in poetry form is included so that the modern reader can enjoy the story. He also refers to a civics lesson about integration. The author uses authentic 1950s references that might not be as politically correct today in 2012 as in the 50s. The seventh grade hero also shares his experiences of universally common topics such as report cards, Halloween, dances, assignments and the caffeteria that all kids will relate to. Some topics covered in the book are not appropriate for younger readers such as the entries on bras, kissing and other teenaged health, dating, and relationship related topics. Parents might want to at least read the book beforehand. Another distinction from this book and others in the modern diary genre is the format. In contrast to identifying each passage or page with a date or day as in the typical journal entry, each page is devoted to a particular topic. Each topic is written as a piece of poetry with a simple, uncluttered background of "lined" paper. Other than the cover and introduction, there are no pictures or cartoons in the book to accompany the text. For some younger, or more more visual readers the lack of cartoons or illustrations might detract from the experience. However my 12 year-old sat, reading this book cover to cover- she found it very interesting. I could imagine grandparents who grew up in the 50s getting this book as a gift for their grandchildren- or perhaps secretly enjoying it themselves. I imagine this book book is large part, an autobiographical account of the author's on experiences during his youth. I believe this book is probably a cherished part of his own family history that will be passed down to future generations in the years to come. As a blogger I recieved this book published by Snap Screen press for the purpose of writing this review.
SURVIVING SEVENTH GRADE by Glenn K. Currie is an endearing children's/Juvenile/Young Adult fiction. A sequel to "A Boy's First Diary",but can be read as a stand alone. Written from a thirteen year old's point of view of his Junior high years during the 1950's. Cute,fun writings. It focuses on emotions,and problems of teenagers in the 1950's but with humor. While, there may be more or different issues today than then,some things are the same. Kids of all ages,young and old, will enjoy this light-hearted,complex story of a thirteen year old and his friends lives during middle school and Junior high years. A humorous look at life as a teenager. I enjoyed this title,laughed out loud at times. Received for an honest review from the author. Details can be found at the author's website,Snap Screen Press and My Book Addiction and More. RATING: 5 HEAT RATING: NONE(CHILDREN'S/JUVENILE/YOUNG ADULT FICTION) REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
This is such a cute book. I haven't had my son read it yet but after Christmas I will - and I can't wait. This book is quite cute with funny little poem bits about the most mundane topics in the life of a seventh grader. I am not a boy but much of what is discussed, I can relate to. There are a few things I can't imagine my son having a clue about simply because of the time setting - he won't have a clue what an atom bomb drill is! The book is based on the 1950's but it is surprising just how much would still hold true today. I love the concept of this book - it is unique and will be the starting point for some interesting conversations with my son. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.