Monday, May 2, 2011

The Loser List

The Loser List
by H. N. Kowittt
Scholastic Press, 2011. 213 pages. Fiction.

"Give me that pen. Or I'll put your name on the loser list!" threatens Chantal. Why should Danny Shrine ("I'm no geek. I have a wide range of interests: reading comics, drawing comics, buying comics, and trading comics.") care if Chantal, self-appointed boss of the 7th grade, puts his name on the Loser List? He doesn't even know what the Loser List is. However, a mere two hours later, girls he doesn't even know are greeting him with, "Hi, loser." Then he accidentally starts a food fight in the junior high cafeteria, which gets blamed on Axl, the schools biggest and meanest bully. Things go from bad to worse in this funny account narrated and illustrated by Danny himself. He eventually figures out that true friendship is more important than being cool, and that standing up to bullies doesn't always mean death...of course, this is after he has betrayed his best friend, turned into a juvenile delinquent, been kicked out of his favorite comic book store, and humiliated himself in front of the whole school.

This book is a funny read for anyone, especially reluctant readers and kids who liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

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