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How to Survive Middle Schoolby Donna Gephart
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Eleven-year-old David Greenberg dreams of becoming a TV superstar like his idol, Jon Stewart. But in real life, David is just another kid terrified of starting his first year at Harman Middle School. With a wacky sense of humor and hilarious Top 6½ Lists, David spends his free time making Talk Time videos, which he posts on YouTube. But before he can get famous, he has to figure out a way to deal with:
6. Middle school (much scarier than it sounds!)
5. His best friend gone girl-crazy
4. A runaway mom who has no phone!
3. The threat of a swirlie on his birthday
2. A terrifying cousin
1. His # 1 fan, Bubbe (his Jewish grandmother)
1/2. Did we mention Hammy, the hamster whos determined to break Davids heart?
When David and his best friend have a fight, David is lucky enough to make a pretty cool new friend, Sophie-who just (gulp) happens to be a girl. Sophie thinks Davids videos are hilarious, and she starts sending out the links to everyone she knows. Sophies friends tell their friends, and before David knows it, thousands of people are viewing his videos-including some of the last people he would have expected.
David may still feel like a real-life schmo, but is he ready to become an Internet superstar?
"This funny, tender novel stars 11-year-old David Greenberg, who lives with his father, older sister, and beloved grandmother (his mother left the family two years earlier). David idolizes comedian Jon Stewart and spends his days with his best friend, Elliott, uploading to YouTube episodes of his homemade show, TalkTime, which stars his pet hamster. But when middle school begins, Elliott abandons David for the school bully, and David, in turn, is befriended by formerly homeschooled new student Sophie, who loves his videos and sends them to her network of homeschooled kids. Gephart (As If Being 12 3/4 Isn't Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President!) writes effectively about David's feelings about his family, his betrayal by Elliott, and his continued isolation: 'What good does it do to have thousands of fans online when not a single person at school likes me except Sophie?' Although his observations sometimes seem too mature and the eventual resolution between David and Elliott feels anticlimactic, Gephart's story is relatable and compulsively readable. Ages 8 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
David Greenberg dreams of becoming a TV superstar along the lines of Jon Stewart. But in real life, hes just another kid terrified of starting his first year at Harman Junior High. Things arent looking any better when David gets duped by his best friend into breaking the dress code on the first day of school. But while he and his buddy are fighting, David is lucky enough to make a new friend, Sophie.
Luckily for David, Sophie loves TV, too, and shares his love of putting together skits to goof on middle-school life. When she posts one of their skits on YouTube, they become an instant overnight sensation! But how will David cope with being an Internet star and a real-life schmoe? Will this lead to his actually becoming popular in real life? Andmore importantlymight it convince Sophie to kiss him?
About the Author
Donna Gephart is the author of As if Being 12 3/4 Isnt Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President, which recently won the Sid Fleischman Humor Award. She lives in Jupiter, Florida, with her family.
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