Survive Middle School — Hammy the Hamster-Style

March 26, 2011 at 10:00 am 1 comment

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How to Survive Middle School

 by Donna Gephart

 Ages: 11 and up


David Greenberg is starting middle school in the fall. He is terrified— and it doesn’t help when his cousin Jack spews a list of dos and don’ts and inevitable mistreatment of students there.  Really, middle school would have been bearable with his best friend Elliot, who used to help David with their Talk Time YouTube videos starring David and Hammy, the hamster. But now Elliot is only interested in girls and hanging out with Tommy Murphy, the local bully. And his father, sister, and grandmother are all nice … but they’re no substitute for his mother who left two years ago to find herself.  So David must go it alone. 

Luckily, David befriends a girl named Sophie who used to be homeschooled.  Sophie thinks David’s videos are hysterical!  She shares them with her homeschooling friends and they tell their friends and before you know it David is popular, really popular — but only online. What about his not-so-great real life in the halls of his middle school? Will David just merely survive? Or will he not only survive but surpass all expectations and thrive?

I loved this book because it has short chapters, realistic characters and a great cover! Any story with Hammy the Hamster is a good story in my book.

Recommended by Miss Cindy!


Entry filed under: Book Reviews, J Fic.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Donna Gephart  |  March 28, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Dear Miss Cindy,

    Thanks so much for the review. Hammy the Hamster thanks you, too!

    Best regards,


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