Saturday, July 30, 2011

DWEEB: Burgers, Beasts, and Brainwashed Bullies by Aaron Starmer- OPTIONAL

Starmer, Aaron.  Rash, Andy. DWEEB: Burgers, Beasts, and Brainwashed Bullies, 240 pgs.  Yearling,  2011.  $15.99.  Inside cover:  “Strange things are happening at Ho-Ho-Kus Junior High.  The cafeteria is covered in a sea of burger wrappers.  Bullies aren’t bullying anymore.  And there’s an eerie growling coming from the walls.  If anyone can get to the bottom of these mysteries, it’s Denton, Wendell, Eddie, Elijah, and Bijay.  They may be misfits, but they’re also the smartest kids in the eight grade.  There’s just one problem.  Vice Principal Snodgrass has framed them for a crime they didn’t commit and imprisoned them in a secret room in the bowels of the school.  His terms:  Ace the dreaded Idaho Tests and all will be forgiven.  Their plan: Figure out who-or what- is to blame for the changes at school.  It will take the nerdiest of skills.  It will be scarier than talking to girls. It will be a true test, one that can only be passes by a select few.  And those five boys are known as DWEEB.”  We really had a hard time getting through this book.  It was kind of weird and silly- but not in the funny way you would expect.  The book was OK. OPTIONAL.  EL.  Student Reviewed:  ML- age 12.  JL- age 8.

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