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In 2012, a documentary crew descended upon Westside Middle School to detail the life of an average seventh grader and his classmates.
What they uncovered, though, was far from average. Mostly, it was upper average along with moments of extreme average, highlighted by several minutes of total epicness.
This is the story...

Trevor Jones--perfect attendance award recipient, for...more
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by Disney Hyperion (first published June 1st 2012)
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Lindsey Leavitt
This book had my laughing out loud more times than I can count. The format is inspired and the characters consistent and fun. Funniest midgrade book I've read in a long time.
Ms. Yingling
Since Tyler worried about everything in elementary school obsessively, it's not a surprise that he is stressing about starting 7th grade. Matters are made worse when his friend Libby reinforces his belief that 8th graders are evil and out to get him, and encourages him to ask a girl to the upcoming fall dance. Told in a documentary style, this gives brief "interviews" with a variety of stock middle school character; the hulking 8th grader, the good looking popular boy, the girl obsessed with lip...more
Laura
Middle grades often get stuck between children's books and YA, but this book bridges that gap. Witty writing and frequent pictures will make this a popular title with both reluctant and avid readers.


Trevor has studied all summer to prepare for 7th grade, but he knows he can't survive without his best friend and defender Libby's help. When she announces that he has to find new friends and a date for the first dance by the end of the day, he is left on his own to face the bullies and social games...more
Sharon Tyler
The Classroom by Robin Mellom is a novel about starting middle school, and finding your place. It is scheduled for release on June 19 2012. At Westside Middle School a documentary crew is recording the details of the average seventh grader's efforts to find his way, with some not so average moments to keep everyone on their toes. Trevor Jones is a worrier, with a penchant for ending up in embarrassing situations. His best friend Libby is a little neurotic and determined that she and Trevor each...more
Heidi
There have been many books of this nature since Diary of a Wimpy Kid came out. Some I have enjoyed, some not so much. I quite enjoyed this one. Maybe since Trevor is a good kid, a bit clueless, but a good kid. When his friend, Libby informs him that he must have a date to the 7th grade dance before the first day of school ends, he has no idea what she has in mind. He is even more confused when she tells him that they can no longer be 'friend' friends (best friends). They have been best friends s...more
Erica
Oh my stars - this book is way too cute. It took me right back to middle school and everything that accompanies it. I loved the fun characters that Robin Mellom has written, since they just make the story.

I love the unique format - there is normal prose, but interspersed among it, there are drawings and doodles from Trevor's notebook, and occasionally there are drawings from others like Molly. Additionally, there are little asides with all the different characters like you would have on a realit...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
A fabulously written, relatable middle grade coming of age story, The Classroom is a hysterical read with witty, well grounded characters and a quick, engaging plot line. It's been awhile since I've read a truly fun book, and Robin Mellom's middle grade debut is just that! With a documentary crew descending on Westside Middle School to document the life of an average 7th grade boy as he learns to navigate his way through MS, Robin was able to give a creative writing spin to her book by telling i...more
Finn
This book is set in Westside Middle School where Trevor Jones is trying to survive his first year of middle school. Trevor is an obsessive worrier, and the plot of the story revolves around Trevor attempting to get a date to the Fall Dance. His best friend Libby is trying to protect Trevor, but she tries to be discreet. In doing so, however, she sometimes gets herself into some sticky situations.

This book is certainly character driven. It's set in a normal middle school with normal events, but t...more
Sarah W
Trevor Jones is staring middle school and he's been preparing for it for weeks. He's determined to get a good start to the year by following the instructions his best friend Libby emailed him about middle school. He's going to try not to doodle all over everything with his favorite pen. He's going to not hang out with the janitor. Those things are all in the plan, but Trevor's not prepared for Libby to show up for the first day in a skirt or for her to tell him they can't be best friends anymore...more
Aeicha
The Classroom by Robin Mellom is a laugh-out-loud, relatable, and entertaining story about one awkward middle-schooler who has to rise to the occasion, break out of his average shell, and be epic. With a fun, unique documentary style format, and quirky, endearing characters, The Classroom is a captivating and amusing middle-grade read.

Trevor Jones is an average kid starting middle-school (well as average as a neurotic, constantly worrying 7th grader can be), but nothing prepared him for the bomb...more
Mesoud A
This book is called The Classroom: The Epic Documentary of a Not Yet Epic Kid by Robin Mellom. The genre of the book is realistic fiction and comedy. Trevor Jones is a average new clueless 7th grader. His best friend Libby wants their friendship to be broken up and try to find new people. Trevor is worried he want meet expectations that Libby wants like new friends and a date to the school dance by the end of the day. Trevor had one problem he wanted to ask the girl to the dance but that meant t...more
Brick Andreasen
Trevor Jones is not what you'd call a normal school kid. In fact, to call him that would be like calling Pluto Jupiter. His attention deficit, nervous worrying disorder, and complete reliance on his best friend Libby don't help him at all as he attempts to enter Seventh Grade. This book follows Trevor's humorous misadventures as he attempts to control his wildly rampant ADHD, find new friends, get a date to the dance, and avoid the sinister machinations of the school bully.

If you ever want to se...more
Jackie
Trevor Jones has been friends with Libby since, well, forever. They were potty-trained together, played their first video game together, had each other's backs...that is until middle school beckoned. Libby said they'd always be friends, but they couldn't be friend friends anymore (whatever that meant). Trevor felt a little lost without her. But, Libby still gave him helpful hints...like he HAD to have a date for the fall dance by the end of the first day, he HAD to make new friends, and whatever...more
Shanella
The Classroom was an interesting concept - a documentary of a middle school kid - but, there was something lacking in the documentary style and I think Robin Mellom's book would have been better without that element.

The story follows Trevor, a new middle schooler, as he navigates the ins and outs of his new school without the help of his best friend Libby; who wants them to try to make friends with other people.

Trevor is a very nervous boy with a knack to get himself into awkward situations. Th...more
Angie
I liked Trevor. The slightly nerdy total worrier is a bit overdone but that's OK. We like underdogs, don't we?

This book is set in seventh grade (which is the first year of middle school in this setting) and his best friend Libby decides they need to expand their friend horizons and hang out with other people. They will no longer be friend friends Oh. And they each have to get a date to the dance on the first day of school.

Molly? I was not quite as fond of Molly. Though you have to feel a little...more
Katie Fitzgerald
I think the best term I could use to describe The Classroom is “tween soap opera.” This book reads like a cleaner version of DeGrassi, and it has a lot of great characters who would lend themselves easily to an animated cartoon series. It was fun to keep track of each characters’ trajectory throughout that first day of school, and the big cast of characters captured that crowded, chaotic environment of middle school hallways so well. The story itself unravels a litle bit at he end because the re...more
Nicole Smith
I read an uncorrected advance proof of this book and just for the pictures sake wish I had read the final version.

It was such a fun, cute read. The writing was very well done. There were all sorts of clever things - the approach of writing about starting Middle School from the kids perspective and having a documentary being made of them with excerpts of what they said to the filmers "off camera" was genius.

Here was one of my favorite lines from the book: "...he looked over at [her] and noticed...more
Nicole
The Classroom is such a fun story that I really enjoyed reading. I have many students in the middle school as well as elementary schools that would love to have this in own library. It’s a fun coming of age story that’s easy to follow and believe giving the main character Trevor a realistic story line that any reader is sure to enjoy. The cover is great and will grab a student’s attention. The story is fun and lighthearted and will definitely be a great read that will hold the students in wantin...more
Cathe Olson
Trevor (socially clueless) and Libby (slightly neurotic) are starting middle-school and are trying to do what they think it takes to fit in. This book is written as a documentary -- interspersed with interviews, pages from notebooks, pamphlets, posters, and other media making it different and fun. Mellom's characters are both sweet and over-the-top funny. The short chapters will appeal to reluctant readers. This is a great choice for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Strange Case of Origami Y...more
Dinesh Etukuru
I really think this book is good. I love this book this book have every thing you need like comedy, action, sad, happy all the feeling are put together in this book. It is also good with details. The classroom is a perfect book for middle schools and elementary students showing how you could survive in middle school. It also shows the value of friendship. It an amazing book to read. I really like the book. You should try it if you didn't read the book. I recommend to every body.
Lesley
Oct 13, 2013 Lesley rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 544
The classroom is set at a middle school setting with all the drama, humor, and the extra stuff kids go through during there middle school life. How Robin Mellom wrote this book by using the lens of a documentary film is great. It puts a spin on a book instead of the every so popular boring chapter books. The writing, graphics, and commentary is a good way to engage a reader.

Published: 2012
Genre: Chapter book, humor,
Hayley
Jumping on the Wimpy Kid and Origami Yoda bandwagons, this book will probably appeal to fans of those series but did very little for me. The documentary premise doesn't really work and is somewhat confusing, the characters are caricatures and the plot is pretty stupid. Not my cup of tea at all, but Robbie enjoyed it. Just found out that this is the first in a series - why doesn't that surprise me.
Tina
This book is a great book for older elementary children or seventh graders. It is about Trevor Jones who is starting junior high. It entails many adventures encountered by a new school. It is very entertaining and well written. The author has set it up like a screenplay. After each chapter is an interview with the characters. The illustrations are very well done.
Nicole


I liked the idea behind the book a bot better than I liked the book itself. I wish the objective voice of the documentary style had been more thoroughly developed. I have some students who will enjoy this, and will add it to my classroom library for younger readers.
Clarabel
Illustrations intéressantes, histoire ordinaire, basée sur des situations comiques autour d'un ado qui fait son entrée en sixième. Pas un titre incontournable, d'autres ont fait mieux.
Judy Clemens
Fun and funny, this is a great book for middle-schoolers -- or anybody! A unique format, with the "documentary" about 7th and 8th graders at Westside Middle School.
Kimberly Sabatini
The characters in this are adorable and the illustrations are fabulous. The boys and I had a great time reading this one together!
Gladys Landing-Corretjer
Loved it! Robin Mellom did a great job describing the characters inside/out. I will use to teach characterization!
The Tep
Written with sarcasm and wit from the perspective of middle school students. Spot on!
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Hilarious! Great for fans of Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, and Charlie Joe Jackson.
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Robin Mellom is the author of DITCHED, her debut teen novel coming January 2012 from Disney-Hyperion. And also THE CLASSROOM, a middle grade series coming from Disney-Hyperion June 2012.

Robin has taught grades 5 through 8 and has a master's degree in education. She lives with her husband and son on the Central Coast of California. Visit her at http://www.robinmellom.com.
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