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How to Survive Middle School

by Donna Gephart

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David Greenberg plans to be the next Jon Stewart but he first has to figure out how to survive Harman Middle School.

David produces his own show TalkTime and posts the videos on YouTube. His best friend Elliott used to help him with the show, but they had a falling out. Now David has to figure out a way to deal with:
6. Middle school (much scarier than it sounds!)
5. His best friend gone girl-crazy
4. A runaway mom who has no phone!
3. The threat of a swirlie on his birthday
2. A terrifying cousin
1. His # 1 fan, Bubbe (his Jewish grandmother)
1/2. And Hammy, the hamster who’s determined to break David’s heart

David makes a new friend, the peppermint-smelling Sophie, while dealing with all of his issues. She loves David’s videos and shares them with a few friends, who share them with a few more friends. Before David knows it, TalkTime has gone viral and David is an internet superstar! You’d think he’d be thrilled, but instead he finds himself asking “What good does it to be famous online when in real life, I go to a school where all I am is ‘Lameberg’?”

Read How to Survive Middle School, and then join us at the January meeting of Cover2Cover to talk about the book and balancing an online life with a real life. ( )
  MrsBarbarino | Jan 24, 2016 |
Great for middle school. Good characters. Story moves along. ( )
  librarian1204 | Apr 26, 2013 |
humor in middle school, beats the angst! ( )
  lindap69 | Apr 5, 2013 |
Meet David Greenberg, rising star and middle schooler. This sixth grade student is facing a lot this year. His mom lives with a beet farmer in a faraway land, he’s in a huge fight with his best friend, a bully is using his as target practice, his pet dies, he gets his first crush, and he’s famous. Fame came for David through YouTube. He likes to make funny videos of himself interviewing magazine covers and making lists such as how to survive middle school. The more newspapers notice him, so does the school bully. David is a good Jewish boy that doesn’t want to cause any trouble, but this bully won’t leave him alone. It all comes to a head when his best friend, Elliot changes forces and begins hanging out with the bully. Eventually everything works out for David. He gets his friend back, his sister and mom rekindled their relationship, dad moved on from mom, and his idol, Jon Stewart, featured one of his videos on his show.

Details: This book was written to interest children in grades 5-8 and is on a 4.6 reading level. ( )
  vwhitt | Sep 19, 2012 |
David Greenberg is starting middle school, and things are not quite the way he wanted them to be. His best friend has gone AWOL, his parents split apart two years ago and Mom is less and less normal and less and less communicative, and his teachers are less than pleased after some unfortunate choices. The only thing David really has going for him is his webcast and his new friend Sophie. Through both he becomes an internet sensation, but still has to deal with the drugery of being a nobody at school.

It was better than I thought it would be...but still WAY too much pre-teen angst for me. I suppose pre-teens with their own angst will enjoy it :) Classic coming of age story, but much more up-to-date. ( )
  agrudzien | Aug 25, 2012 |
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Eleven-year-old David Greenberg dreams of becoming a TV superstar like his idol, Jon Stewart. But in real life, David is just another kid terrified of starting his first year at Harman Middle School. With a wacky sense of humor and hilarious Top 6½ Lists, David spends his free time making TalkTime videos, which he posts on YouTube.
But when David and his best friend have a fight, David is lucky enough to make a pretty cool new friend, Sophie—who just (gulp) happens to be a girl. Sophie thinks David's videos are hilarious, and she starts sending out the links to everyone she knows. Sophie's friends tell their friends, and before David knows it, thousands of people are viewing his videos—including some of the last people he would have expected.

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When thirteen-year-old David Greenberg's best friend makes the start of middle school even worse than he feared it could be, David becomes friends with Sophie, who shares his love of television shows and posts one of their skits on YouTube, making them wildly popular--online, at least.… (more)

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