|Sophomores and other oxymorons
Author: Lubar, David
Following a difficult freshman year, Scott Hudson is hoping that sophomore year will be easier, but after a disaster of a first week he finds himself faced with new challenges--including a particularly demanding English teacher, a school board member whose budget cutting is covering up a crime, and the discovery that his friendship with Lee, the Goth girl he met last year, is turning into something else entirely.
|Accelerated Reader Information:
Interest Level: MG+
Reading Level: 4.60
Points: 12.0 Quiz: 178727
School Library Journal (08/01/15)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/11/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 08/01/2015 Gr 7 Up—Scott's freshman year is over. The mistakes he made in Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie (Dutton, 2005) are over and remedied. Now that he is a sophomore, he is confident—and less endearing than he was in the previous volume. The narrative plays out as Scott goes from one class to another throughout the school year. Scott's crush on the Sphinx-like Lee and his worries about his dad's business are underdeveloped adjuncts to the larger, less appealing story of the teen's mean-spirited commitment to one-upping his English teacher. When the teacher instructs Scott to write a 2,000 word essay on arrogance, he writes in favor of it. The rapport between student and teacher continues to deteriorate and Scott turns in a clever but cruel essay ridiculing the educator. Still, there are many moments of humor. Word-lovers will appreciate Zenger Zingers and Scott's advisory comments to his baby brother, Sean. In the end, Scott acknowledges his wrongdoings, but given the intensity of his pride, his remorse lacks conviction. VERDICT Purchase where there are fans of the first book.—Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Libraries, NC - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.