Alec LOVES reading, so much so that it affects his schoolwork. When threatened to pay attention in class or face summer school, Alec decides to buckle down. As a result, he turns to his aftercare program to be his reading time, forming a group he dubs "The Losers Club," thinking the name will turn off anyone else from joining and allow him hours of uninterrupted reading time. But as time goes on, more and more kids show up at Alec's table wanting to read, including a girl named Nina who Alec thinks he might like as more than a friend. Meanwhile, Alec's former playmate Kent has been teasing him about his bookish ways -- and also seems to be flirting Nina. There's a lot going on in this book but it all feels very organic and quite familiar to anyone who's been through middle school. (Technically the book places Alec in elementary school, but he is a sixth grader, which is considered as intermediate or middle school in most districts that I know). Clements handles everything quite smoothly, managing to portray Alec as a positive role model without ever sounding didactic or preachy. I was particularly proud of how he made note that while Alec and Kent are both romantically interested in Nina, she is not a prize to be fought over and will make her own decisions regarding who to date and when. Clements also makes sure to remind kids that not all bullying is physical -- Kent primarily uses words to put down others. With reading being a central theme and plot point, the text is scattered with references to popular books for middle schoolers. Clements's one misstep is here when he uses the word "Eskimo" (not politically correct) when talking about the book Julie of the Wolves. (To be fair though, that is the terminology used in that book.) The Losers Club concludes with a checklist of all the books mentioned in the text, which is great for kids finishing this book and looking for a new book to read next.
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* "Clements's latest is engaging and funny. A laugh-out-loud first purchase for all middle grade collections, and a solid read-aloud choice for classrooms." --School Library Journal, Starred Review "Clements is out to celebrate reading in all its obsessiveness, and...tosses in shout-outs to a passel of other writers. [The Losers Club] gives fried bookworms everywhere the satisfaction of knowing that friends may desert them (if only temporarily) but books never will. "-- The New York Times Praise for Andrew Clements!
"Clements is a genius." -- The New York Times "We have never read an Andrew Clements book that we haven't loved." -- The Washington PostThe beloved New York Times bestselling author of the modern classic Frindle celebrates books and the joy of reading with a new school story to love!
Sixth grader Alec can’t put a good book down.
So when Principal Vance lays down the law—pay attention in class, or else—Alec takes action. He can’t lose all his reading time, so he starts a club. A club he intends to be the only member of. After all, reading isn’t a team sport, and no one would want to join something called the Losers Club, right? But as more and more kids find their way to Alec’s club—including his ex-friend turned bully and the girl Alec is maybe starting to like—Alec notices something. Real life might be messier than his favorite books, but it’s just as interesting.
With The Losers Club, Andrew Clements brings us a new school story that’s a love letter to books and to reading and that reminds us that sometimes the best stories are the ones that happen off the page—our own!
Praise for The Losers Club!
* "Clements’s latest is engaging and funny. A laugh-out-loud first purchase for all middle grade collections, and a solid read-aloud choice for classrooms." —School Library Journal, Starred Review
"Clements is out to celebrate reading in all its obsessiveness, and...tosses in shout-outs to a passel of other writers. [The Losers Club] gives fried bookworms everywhere the satisfaction of knowing that friends may desert them (if only temporarily) but books never will. "— The New York Times
Praise for Andrew Clements!
“Clements is a genius.” — The New York Times
“We have never read an Andrew Clements book that we haven’t loved.” — The Washington Post
Random House Children's Books
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The Losers Club
|Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)|
8.50 x 5.81 x 0.91 Inches
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Alec LOVES reading, so...
A fun, memorable book ...
A fun, memorable book that redefines the word Bookworm and Nerd for future generations. The best part about Clements' new book - the excellent Reader's Advisory section in the back, filled with titles that the characters read. A great book for reluctant readers!
Alec absolutey loves t...
Alec absolutey loves to read - in fact he loves to read so much that he gets in trouble for reading at school. This year has to be different and Alec is going to make sure he uses the time at the extended day program to his best advantage. Except no one will let him read there either - he has to join a club, go to the homework room, or play active games. The only other choice is to start a new club - and he does - the Loser's club (mostly so no one else will join) but soon the club has more members than he ever planned and Alec is growing in ways he never expected. There were a couple things about this book that bugged me, especially the fact that kids had to do the same thing for three hours every afternoon?! That is bogus. Those poor chess club kids -- that's a lot of chess. And the origami kids - think of the paper cuts you can get folding paper for 15 hours a week!! Regardless, it was a good story about accepting and promoting who you are though I could have done without the sixth grade love triangle.
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