The classroom: the epic documentary of a not-yet-epic kid

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A documentary crew has descended upon Westside Middle School to detail the life of an average seventh grader and his classmates. What they uncover, though, is far from average. Mostly, it is upper average along with moments of extreme average, highlighted by several minutes of total epicness. Trevor Jones has been preparing for the start of seventh grade his entire summer. But he is NOT ready for the news his best friend, Libby, drops on him at the bus stop: he needs to branch out and make new friends. Oh, and he must ask a girl to the fall dance. By the end of the day. Trevor decides that he would rather squirt hot sauce in his eyes than attend the dance. Everything changes, though, when he meets mysterious new student Molly. Trevor starts to think that going to the dance maybe wouldn't be the worst thing ever. But with detention-wielding teachers, school gossips, and, worst of all, eighth graders conspiring against him, Trevor will have to do the one thing he wasn't prepared to do: be epic Praise for The Classroom: The Epic Documentary of a Not-Yet-Epic Kid There's so much to love about this laugh-out-loud-funny story of what happens to Trevor Jones, who is just starting the seventh grade at Westside Middle School. All in one day, Trevor starts school, loses his best friend and has to deal with a film crew documenting the life of a "typical middle school student." The story is told a bit in the style of a movie; the chapters are short, and there are cute drawings and doodles on the pages. Total fun for the end of the summer and the start of school. The Washington Post (Kids Post) "This documentary set out to show the real story of Trevor, along with his normal, everyday, average classmates.... Westside is their middle school. And these are their stories." With an introduction like that (and the subtitle), readers may expect more of a documentary-style novel than what Mellom (Ditched: A Love Story) actually delivers in her first middle-grade novel. Most of her story unfolds through good old third-person omniscient narration, interspersed with occasional "interviews" with seventh-grader Trevor Jones and his classmates. Fortunately, Mellom has a gift for school-days humor, and her novel is very entertaining. Trevor, a consummate worrier, and Libby, a consummate planner, have been best friends for years, but as they begin the school year, Libby, tired of covering for Trevor's (many) gaffes, believes it is time for them to make new friends. Gilpin's spot art (not all seen by PW) is a mix of notes, cartoons, and other "found materials" that add to the book's sense of fun as romantic entanglements and misunderstandings proliferate in the days leading up to the school dance. Ages 9 12. Publishers Weekly
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subject_facet Best friends -- Juvenile fiction, Documentary films -- Production and direction -- Juvenile fiction, Friendship -- Juvenile fiction, Middle schools -- Juvenile fiction, Schools -- Juvenile fiction, Self-actualization (Psychology) -- Juvenile fiction
title_display The classroom : the epic documentary of a not-yet-epic kid
title_full The Classroom The Epic Documentary of a Not-Yet-Epic Kid, The classroom : the epic documentary of a not-yet-epic kid / by Robin Mellom ; art by Stephen Gilpin
title_short The classroom :
title_sub the epic documentary of a not-yet-epic kid
topic_facet Best friends, Documentary films, Friendship, Humor (Fiction), Juvenile Fiction, Middle schools, Production and direction, Schools, Self-actualization (Psychology)