Friday, July 11, 2008


I’ve been meaning to read this one for a while, since a student heartily recommended it to me several times (thanks Joe!). I finally got to it.

After getting kicked out of every regular school around, Martin is shipped to the last possible stop in school land – the alternative school. You know, the school where all the “troubled” or “problem” kids go. Martin is sent to live there, which is a bit of a shock, although, he isn’t so sad to leave his dad. Martin’s new roommate is a kid who appears to like starting fires, so they call him Torchie. Then he meets Cheater, a kid accused of constantly – yep, you guessed it- cheating, Lucky, a kid who “finds” a lot of missing items around school, and a jumpy kid named Flinch. At first, Martin feels like he doesn’t belong with all these strange kids. But as he gets to know them, he realizes that they are really not so bad, and he’s beginning to really enjoy having friends for the first time in his life. Plus, he’s been noticing some intriguing characteristics of his friends. He realizes that maybe they aren’t “troubled” at all, but rather are very exceptional. Each seems to have a hidden special talent. Martin must decide how to handle this. Does he tell them? What will they say? Also, since the school is being considered for closure, Martin wonders what will happen to him and his friends. Can they do something to keep it open and keep everyone together? Perhaps their “special” talents can help.

This was one of those books I wanted to read straight through. I couldn’t put it down. The little snippets of info throughout the book (letters from Parents, memos from the Principal, teacher feedbacks, etc) were different and funny.
I loved each of the kids and the dialogue was hysterical! Martin could be a stand-up comic (those poor teachers!). Loved it!

I’m reading the sequel as soon as I can get my hands on it.

I had forgotten how hysterical David Lubar is. Click here for his other books.

I reviewed SLEEPING FRESHMAN NEVER LIE back in Feb of 2007.