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Slacker by Gordon Korman


by Gordon Korman

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Cameron Boxer is very happy to spend his life avoiding homework, hanging out with his friends, and gaming for hours in his basement. It's not too hard for him to get away with it . . . until he gets so caught up in one game that he almost lets his house burn down around him.


It's time for some serious damage control--so Cameron and his friends invent a fake school club that will make it seem like they're doing good deeds instead of slacking off. The problem? Some kids think the club is real--and Cameron is stuck being president.

Soon Cameron is part of a mission to save a beaver named Elvis from certain extinction. Along the way, he makes some new friends--and some powerful new enemies. The guy who never cared about anything is now at the center of everything . . . and it's going to take all his slacker skills to win this round.
  Clippers | Dec 21, 2017 |
8th grader Cam Boxer has ambition- to win the Rule the World video game tournament; anything else is interference for his lifestyle. When he disregards his mother's instructions and the house almost burns down while he's playing, the law is laid down for Cam to get another activity. He and his creative friends come up with the perfect plan to make a fictitious service club and have Cam be the president. Little did they realize the club would actually take off and within the first couple days they'd have kids wanting to join and a faculty member- Mr. Fanshaw backing the group. Between the plans to save a homeless beaver and the wrath of a high school cheerleader who sees Cam as her biggest rival, Cam finds not having a real group is a lot of hard work. This 132 page book is excellent for the reluctant reader and any other middle school student who enjoys a fun story. ( )
  sgrame | Nov 17, 2017 |
It took me a while to get around to reading this one, but I've been recommending it since it came out as hilarious, knowing I could trust Gordon Korman. SPOILERS.

Cameron Boxer is a slacker. He's proud of it; he's worked hard to get where he is. Completely uninvolved in anything except video games, the height of his ambition is to win big $$ at an upcoming video game competition. But when he accidentally almost gets the house burned down, his parents give him an ultimatum: Get involved in something or his gaming will be cut off. Cameron panics - he doesn't have time in his busy schedule to actually DO stuff! Fortunately, one of his friends can hack into the school website and set up a fake club for them. The Positive Action Group, that sounds good. Now Cameron can get back to gaming and his life will go on as usual.

There's just one problem - kids want to get involved with the PAG. And Cameron is supposed to be the president! Wild hijinks ensue as fellow students, teachers, and even his own friends decide they want to do good deeds. Before Cam knows it, things are out of control, he's being threatened by the high school Fuzzies (a competing good deeds club) and then there's the whole Elvis-the-beaver thing... Will Cam be forced to give up his gamer lifestyle and actually, you know, get involved?

Korman's trademark humor abounds, from the football player who refers to himself in the third person to the extracurricular-obsessed high school Fuzzy president. Cam himself is a typical Korman anti-hero - he just doesn't want to get involved and can't understand why people won't leave him alone. The events are a little over the top, but along with a big dose of humor there's a subtle suggestion that maybe making a difference isn't as hard as you think - and kids can definitely make that difference.

Plus Cam's younger sister turns out to be his gaming arch-nemesis (and much better than him) which was hilarious also.

Verdict: A must-have in your collection - give it to your slacker gamers, kids who want to get involved, beaver fans, and anyone who likes a funny book.

ISBN: 9780545823159; Published April 2016 by Scholastic; Purchased for the library
  JeanLittleLibrary | Nov 10, 2017 |
A humorous, realistic fiction novel, Slacker will make you smile.

Cam has a lifestyle for which he has worked hard to perfect. No one really knows him except his two best friends and a gamer in Sweden--and they really know know Cam as a gamer. He barely passes and has a completely blank slate when it comes to extracurricular activities. He has a secret locker so that he can’t be found, and he frequents the restroom to feed his lifestyle. Lifestyle: Gamer. Everything revolves around training for a tournament. He has one nemesis in the games that keeps taking him out, but he’s determined to take him down--hence the training. His carefully planned lifestyle comes to a half when he almost burns the house down. His parents insist that he interact with real people.

Out of desperation, Cam invents a club. This is perfect--he can be the president of a fictitious club, live his lifestyle, and make his parents happy. Unfortunately, a girl sees the website and joins; she’s one of the insistent people who is determined that meetings and events will take place. When she goes to the guidance counselor, Daphne sets in motion the biggest club the school has ever seen. Someone hacks the website and meetings and events are constant. They are famous around town for doing good deeds until someone wants to soil their reputation. Cam is not happy. He doesn’t care about any of this do-gooder stuff. He just wants his lifestyle back. Everyone thinks he’s great, making him the most popular guy in school. The people who want the club to fail are stalking him. He’s in a tight spot, but his gaming training may give him the courage and knowledge to get out of this situation and still make the tournament.

Slacker is a quick book to read and is rather amusing. Korman touches on some real life issues that affect many people and businesses as large corporations and larger businesses arrive near small towns. Chapters are told from lots of different characters to get the entire story. It’s amusing to see everyone’s thoughts on Cam, notorious for being a slacker or simply being unknown. It’s a cute novel. If you’ve read Korman’s other novels, you’ll enjoy this as well. If you liked Ungifted, give this a shot as well. ( )
  acargile | Oct 8, 2016 |
A lighthearted story about a video obsessed boy and his two friends who set out to do nothing and end up doing a whole lot of positive acts. ( )
  JRlibrary | Aug 29, 2016 |
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When eighth-grader Cameron Boxer creates the Positive Action Group at school he intends it as a diversion to fool his parents, teachers, and sister into letting him continue to concentrate on his video-gaming--but before he knows it other kids are taking it seriously, and soon he finds himself president of the P.A.G., and involved in community service, so the boy who never cared about anything is now the center of everything, whether he likes it or not.… (more)

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