Monday, April 11, 2016

Slacker by Gordon Korman - ADVISABLE

Korman, Gordon Slacker, 240 pages.  Scholastic, 2016.  $17.  Content: G. 

Cameron has made it his life’s goal to do as little as possible – school work, house work, chores – so that he can spend all of his free time practicing his video gaming skills for the Rule the World convention.  When he lets dinner burn and his front door is bashed in by the fire department, he and his wingmen create a fake school club to make his parents believe he has turned over a new leaf.  The plan backfires when kids at school actually want to join his club.  Chaos ensues when the high school charity group gets angry with the middle schoolers for taking their fund-raising jobs and an elusive beaver resists their attempts at relocating him.  Cameron is going to actually have to find a change of heart if he is going to sort out all of this craziness.
Korman has crafted another book of good-hearted wackiness.  It takes a while for the point of real change to come for Cameron, but it does finally come (I had almost given up hope).  Korman fans or fans of humorous fiction will enjoy the humor and maybe they will even learn the lesson – who knows!

EL, MS – ADVISABLE.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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