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Author: Clements, Andrew
Alec, a sixth-grade bookworm always in trouble for reading instead of listening and participating in class, starts a book club, solely to have a place to read, and discovers that real life, although messy, can be as exciting as the stories in his favorite books.
Kirkus Reviews (05/15/17)
School Library Journal (+) (06/01/17)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/09/17)
The Hornbook (00/09/17)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 05/15/2017 A best-selling author of beloved school stories, Clements (Frindle, 1998) celebrates readers, inclusion, and the joy of discovering new books. Alec starts sixth grade with two problems: he’s not allowed to read in class anymore, and he’s consigned to the extended day program after school. Solving both problems at once, Alec forms his own club and dubs it the Losers Club so people will leave him to read quietly with just a few fellow bookworms. What starts as an excuse for isolation turns into a social experiment of sorts that brings the extended day program together as Alec triumphantly rebrands the club’s image: “books do that—they make us lose some ignorance, and lose some fear. And losing fear might mean losing some anger, too.” This may be more appealing to book lovers like Alec, rather than reluctant readers like athletic Kent, but Clements’ portrayal of a sensitive, honest boy who delights in the comfort and familiarity of rereading favorite books is refreshing and empowering. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 06/01/2017 Gr 3–6—Sixth grader Alec, a true bibliophile, would rather read for pleasure than listen to his teachers, which often lands him in trouble with his parents, his teachers, and the principal. When Alec joins the after-school program, he is forced to pick a club, and quietly reading is not an option. Alec comes up with a plan to create a club that no kid would ever want to join, the Losers Club, where he can sit alone and read. He does not anticipate, however, that there are others like him who might want to join. Much to Alec's dismay, the Losers Club soon becomes the most popular group in the program. As the club thrives and Alec makes new friends and reconnects with old ones, he learns that while he does not have to change who he is, he should not let real life pass him by. Clements's latest is engaging and funny. Book lovers and reluctant readers alike will enjoy the relatable characters, realistic dialogue, and humorous scenes. Alec's confidence in himself and his ability to solve his problems while staying true to himself are refreshing. A list of the titles mentioned throughout the novel is included. VERDICT A laugh-out-loud first purchase for all middle grade collections, and a solid read-aloud choice for classrooms.—Marissa Lieberman, East Orange Public Library, NJ - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.