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G-Man (Gordon's nickname in 6th grade) brings us a hilarious morality tale about the power of nicknames.
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Published 1999 by Scholastic (first published 1998)
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Grace Hoover
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Cameron G.
I recently finished the book The 6th Grade Nickname Game, by Gordon Korman. It is about two 6th grade boys named Wiley and Jeff who give all their friends crazy nicknames like "Snoopy" based on their personalities. One day, they get a new English teacher who is huge and intimidating, and everyone is a little unsure of what to think of the teacher. It turns out that the teacher is a really nice guy, and all he wants is for the class to give 100% in their work. When the class takes a test, he jump...more
Amanda
I was straightening up my son's book shelves and as is usual for me, I read a few of them. Gordon Korman is one of DS's favorite authors at the moment so he asked me to read this one in particular. It is a light book, nice quick read, aimed at 4th - 6th grade boys. Two best friends who have a great time assigning appropriate nicknames for everyone they encounter. There is a nice little message threaded through the book about friendship and loyalty and also about how maybe a person given a nickna...more
Audrey
Personally, I thought this book was not bad, not good, just another book that I will forget about the week after i I read it. I think considering the length, vocabulary, and content, this book should be for younger kids, not 11 and 12 year olds. No deep content, but it does portray some good messages/morals about friendship, acceptance, judging people before you know them....... I think the book had the right ending. If either Wiley or Jeff took Cassandra to the school dance, the book would have...more
Kelsey
A book full of fun to enjoy with my students.
Kristilyn (Reading In Winter)
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Penn 6
Wiley and Jeff are best friends. They have been friends all their life. Also they live next door to each other in Old Orchard. For school they go to Old Orchard Public School (OOPS). Wiley and Jeff are legendary for nicknames. Everyone and everything they see and know has a nickname. These two meet a girl, Cassandra and go head to head, just to get her to ask one of them to the Sadie Hawkins Dance. They may even do something to thear their friendship apart for ever. The fat ofe their friendship...more
Evy
The 6th Grade Nickname Game is the story of two sixth grade nicknamers and their rivalry to get the 'unnicknameable' girl to ask them to a dance. Wiley and Jeff, the nicknamers, have successfully nicknamed nearly everyone in the sixth grade, including their principal, substitute teacher, and classmates. But highlight these words: nearly. Now, a few kids weren't worthy of a nickname at all; they weren't worth the trouble for Wiley and Jeff. But this one new girl...Cassandra, is simply 'unnickname...more
Teresa
Two best friends Jeff and Wiley(whom I had trouble keeping straight) are the nickname kings for their class--they come up with a name, let the word out and it sticks. Another classmate, who hates his own nickname (Snoopy--actually quite appropriate and critical to the plot) challenges them to give someone a bad nickname and see if it sticks, to prove that a nickanme can stick even if it's wrong for the person. Their monicker "Iceman" for a non-descript classmate ends up making him instantly cool...more
Maddie Borel
Jeff and Wiley have been best friends almost since birth,they nickname everything and every one. They're the ones who nicknamed Old Orchard Public School 'Oops' for it's initials, and they have nicknames for almost every student in school.

It takes but a moment of inspired thought to name the enormous high school football coach (Mr. Hughes) who takes over their 6th grade English class Mr. Huge. But when the dedicated but crazy instructor's job is on the line, thinking of a solution is a little ha...more
David K
This was a good book because it had alot of thinking in it and it inspires me to try alot of thinking.
I would recommend this book to a 4th grader because its in the 3rd to 4th grade level of reading.
This book is mainly about these two kids, trying to figure out nicknames for students and teachers. And so this kid name Charles, snoopes alot, so thats why he is named snoopy. At resees, snoopy sais he dosn't like his nickname and wants them to change it. And they wont. So he made a deal. If he can...more
Maeleah
Wiley and Jeff are best buddies and have been since they were babies. Their 6th grade teacher unexpectedly left and now they have a substitute who used to be a football coach. He's "six-foot-five and solid as an oak tree." As they pass notes back and forth trying to figure out what nickname to give him, the teacher writes his name, Mr. Hughes on the board. Voila! They agree "Mr. Huge." Wiley and Jeff are always coming up with nicknames for everyone and then Snoopy, who hates his nickname, challe...more
Lord
1. Overall, I disliked the 6th Grade Nickname Game by Gordon Korman.I say this because I know this book is supposed to be a comedy genre and it's really not that funny. For example, when the main characters Jeff and Wiley are both best friends and make up nicknames that are supposed to be funny when they're not, like when they keep calling Charles, Snoopy, it's not funny,page 36. Another reason why I dislike this book is that the main problem doesn't make sense. For example, when Jeff and Wiley...more
Joshua Stevenson
I read the 6th Grade Nickname Game by Gordman Korman. The book is mostly about Wiley and Jeff. Wiley and Jeff give nicknames to everybody in their school. Wiley and Jeff are both in the same grade which is 6th grade. Mr. Hughes their substitute teacher is also a football coach. During class Wiley and Jeff nicknamed Mr. Hughes Mr. Huge because he so huge. Also Mr. Hughes acts like the classroom is a football field and calls all his students men. Theirs a kids name Charles who is also snooping ar...more
Maddie
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Destani Mendoza
Wiely and Jeff are best friends, and they do everything together.Then a new girl comes named Cassandra and they try to come up with a nickname for her.Then the both end up liking her and getting her to go to the dance with them.That ruins their friendship by fighting over her.Then they make up a bet with Snoopy but that's not his real name and he dosent like the nickname. So the bet was if they call some one who's boring Mike Smith have a cool nickname then they have to change Snoopy's nickname...more
Arminzerella
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Tesneem
I read this for a couple of reasons. When I was younger, I LOVED Gordon Korman - I'd laugh out loud, snort, giggle and guffaw at his off the wall sense of humour. As an adult, I revisited some of his books when I was staying at my parents' house and I still laughed out loud, snorted, giggled and guffawed.

I picked up this novel to read to my class, as I thought they could use a good laugh to start off the year during shared reading. Unfortunately, this is not that book. It's a decent book, and w...more
Johnny
Nearly everyone at Old Orchard Public School (OOPS) has a nickname given to them by Jeff and Wiley. Their principal is deer in headlights, their football coach is Mr huge, but when they meet a spunky red-head named Cassandra, no nickname seems to say it all. Jeff and Wiley are starting to doubt themselves and their nicknames. Will the boys find a nickname for Cassandra before it's "too late"?

I picked this book up because it was written by my favorite author, Gordon Korman.
I finished this book be...more
Daniel Dewulf
This is a fun and fast-paced book, but it doesn't make you think a lot. Some of it doesn't feel believable and that makes it hard to get into the story.
Leah
I think that this book was okay. I think it had to many things going on at once,this book could have been broken down in short story's. I also think it was an easy read, but it did have a good message. I also didn't like that there wasn't a real plot because so many things were going on. I liked this book because of the moral, and I liked the story's in it I just think there was to much going on. I also liked the ending. I also liked how even though there was a lot going on that the the oral was...more
Molly
This book was extremely funny and very fun to read! I probably wouldn't have picked this up just to read for fun but I'm glad I got to read it in class. 5 stars for the interesting plot twist!
Connor
nicknames are all over in this book. funny book for all with weird pranks, nickname bets and preventing job loss. good book for readers.
Timilyn
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Malikmcrae01
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Caroline Keesler
I thought this book was okay. I got confused when the author was talking about Wiley and when he was talking about Jeff, so it would've been helpful if he made that more clear. I also kind of got confused about who's nickname was what because sometimes the author would use the nicknames and sometimes he would use reals names. I thought the ending was good because if Cassandra has chosen Wiley or Jeff then there would be a whole other fight between them and there would have to be another book.
Alexis
The story follows 2 6th grade boys who have been best friends since birth. That is until the new girl threatens to turn them into enemies. The boys spend much of their time trying to sabotage the other one's chances of getting the girl. When not involved in debauchery, they find time to help their substitute teacher keep his job, despite his over-enthusiasm. This is a cute story and very similar to The Cybil War. It's refreshing to see 2 boys as main characters in "love" rather than girls.
Lisa the Librarian
Jul 12, 2009 Lisa the Librarian rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: upper elementary boys
This was a fun and fast read. A bit light though and not a lot of substance, but perfect for a kid who doesn't want something too thick or intimidating to read.

There is also a light moral about labeling others and valueing friendship. Gordon Korman is a well loved author for a reason, he is abe to make these points within this little book without coming across as moralizing too much.

There is enough humor that it should grab some reluctant readers, especially boys.
Anna Phoenix
Dec 03, 2011 Anna Phoenix rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Boys 6-12 (and their parents)
This is the closest thing to an autobiography I've seen of Gordon Korman - back in school, he was in a class very similar to the one described in the book, with a sports-coach-turned-enthusiastic-teacher, but whether he actually inspired his class to excel the way the coach in this book did is uncertain. Who else could turn a childhood experience like that into just one aspect of a full, amusing story about a couple of kids who like to slap nicknames on people?
Nathan
A decent little book. My daughter enjoyed it. There are definitely some humorous parts. As a middle school English teacher that is always trying to promote more reading, I did love the part when the kids in Mr. Huge's class all decide together to start reading like crazy in order to improve their results on the state reading assessment and save Mr. Huge's job. I think the author must have been a middle school reading teacher at some point in his life.
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Korman wrote his first book, "This Can't be Happening at Macdonald Hall", when he was 12 years old, for a coach who suddenly found himself teaching 7th grade English. He later took that episode and created a book out of it, as well, in "The Sixth Grade Nickname Game", wherein Mr. Huge was based on that 7th grade teacher.

Korman moved to New York City, where he studied film and film writing. While i...more
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