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“Book-Talk It: Scott's freshman year starts out horrible right from the start. He can't seem to get enough sleep, his friends desert him, gym sucks, and he is in about all the activities he possibly can be always hoping to get closer to Julia, his secret love. He is trying to tacke down all of...”see full review » see other reviews »
“An incredible tale of the story a boy has to face during his freshmen year.”dave hill wrote this review 12 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting and comical story about the life of freshman Scott Hudson. ”D Price wrote this review Friday, November 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great read- read it cover to cover. Creative”Bonnie M wrote this review Thursday, July 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Sleeping Freshman Never Lie by David Lubar is a charming way to introduce middle schoolers to the fun (and anxieties) of high school. The narrator and protagonist Scott Hudson has a way with words and as a way to make sense of high school he begins writing a Guide to High school for his soon-to-be born baby brother. In the meantime we experience all of the excitement and pain of ninth grade: heartbreak, changing friendships, and the struggle to find a place you belong. Scott finds a refuge in the school newspaper where he is able to use all of the skills he has learned throughout the year in his honors English class.
Appropriate for grades 6-9
Writing: Scott learns about many literary devices and writers in his English class-- notably Shakespeare and Tom Swifties. Students can copy Scott's style and tell a real life story using a sonnet form and or Tom Swifties.
Grammar: Not to spend too much time on Tom Swifties, which are adverbial puns, but these provide a great opportunity for students to play with words and also learn how to differentiate between adverbs and adjectives. Some links to consult:
Writing: Scott writes to better understand himself and the world around him. Students, like Scott, can keep a journal for a month and write in in for 10-15 minutes daily. Teachers can provide prompts for students who need help beginning--perhaps students can reflect on changes they would like to make, clubs they would like to join, etc. ”
“Review: After I finished this novel, the most memorable and impressive aspect was hilarious and comical mood. Although the theme is very common and can be boring, the humors made this book distinct and distinguished from other typical teen novels and that is the main individuality of this novel. The absurd atmosphere is evident in expressions such as “Scott Hudson’s List of Good Things about Getting Beat Up” and “if it was a boy they would call him Sean, if it was a girl they would call her Lilly so Scott decided to call the baby Smelly.”
Moreover, as I mentioned in the first comment, my freshmen experience was totally different from the freshmen life in this novel so I couldn’t empathize with it but except for that, I could agree with Scott’s teen life such as naïve sense of puberty. I sympathized a lot when Scott tried to do everything that can let him be with Julian, whom he liked. Also, the common theme of this book could be boring but it was friendly and familiar so I didn’t lose interest.
On the other hand, the only point to be desired is the story seems too flat and plain. If there were more ups and downs this book should be deserved for five stars. Therefore, I gave this book 4.5 stars.
Comment #1: I’m on page 104. When I saw the title of this book, I thought it would remind me of my freshmen year and evoke sympathy about high school life. The theme sounded familiar so I chose this book. As I read this book, it was interesting but in unexpected way. The freshmen life in this book sounded very different from my experience so I couldn’t empathize with it but there were many teen jokes and humors. Moreover, the story developed in unusual way that I never thought of and the description and expression are quite different from other books. One of the most unexpected developments was that after Scott, the main character, became freshmen and got stressed by a lot of work, his mom suddenly got pregnant. More interesting aspect was the plot is framed by Scott’s journal of advice for the unborn baby so the author’s expression and the way the author unfolds the plot were very interesting. As the story gets deeper, it gets more interesting and I can’t wait to finish the rest of this book.”
“In this comedy book, a kid goes to high school with 4 friends not knowing what his future holds for him. His spanish class is a wreck and he looses his friends. He even gets a strike by finding out that he is getting a new baby brother. Does he make it through? Find out yourself.Read It!!!!”LukeDaDuke wrote this review Thursday, April 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“If you are in Middle School and trying to fit in, read this hilarious book and it will make you feel better. ”Jeremy wrote this review Thursday, April 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Sunday- 12 pages, 17 min
Monday- 15 pages, 20 min
Tuesday- 16 pages, 20 min
Wednesday- 15 pages, 21 min
Friday- 21 pages, 24 min
RESPONSE: So far, I am really hooked on to the book. The idea of the story, a group of boys starting high school, was very intellegent because most people reading the book would be around my age. The fact that Scott is having a mother baby brother/sister makes the book more intriguing because it allows the author to write helpful tips for the baby for high school. I disagree with some of the points or events in the book because our high school in ACS is very friendly and nothing like the high school he is going to. In the next parts of my reading, I would like to predict what will happen to the 4 friends because I feel like something big will happen to all of them, for example Mitch gets a girl.
DIDNT FINISH :( still going to rate it 4/5”
“I can't believe I actually bothered to read this before starting high school.”Georgette wrote this review Sunday, March 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No