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Can You Get An F In Lunch? (How I Survived Middle School #1)

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Best-selling author Nancy Krulik delves into the mind of a twelve-year-old girl just trying to survive middle school.

After spending the night studying the Joyce Kilmer Middle School Handbook, Jenny McAfee feels totally prepared to start sixth grade. But Jenny has another reason to feel confident. She'll have her best friend, Addie Wilson, right there by her side.

When Jenny
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Paperback, 101 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Scholastic (first published 2007)
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Lauren
Mar 07, 2011 Lauren rated it it was ok
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Hayden
Aug 08, 2008 Hayden rated it did not like it
This book sucks. Jenny, the 11 & a half-year-old protagonist, has essentially no inner life, and she and her friends talk like 17-year-olds (at least). Also, there is product placement. Also, the book pushes you to www.middleschoolsurvival.com, where I found the following in a list of helpful tips, supposedly written by the book's protagonist:

7. Dont [sic] do anything that will make you stand out from the crowd. People may never forget and it will follow you for your entire middle school car
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Aliya
Nov 29, 2012 Aliya added it
This book is an insult to my intelligence:(it is a very good storyline but the author cannot articulate it very well. i am in grade six and this book is worse than the book "Pat the bunny". Even though this book is aiming for our age group it does not appeal to anyone. The book tries to have three plots but it doesn't work she usually forget about the other plots and go's (sorry about my punctuation) on talking about something else. If I ever saw that book again I would definitely leave it alone
Fatou.diop
Jul 23, 2012 Fatou.diop rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
1) I like this book because it could be real and because it makes me think a lot about it.For example on page 12 when Jenny realizes that one of her old friends go to the same school as her, she tries to be friends with her but it doesn't go as she expects.I had different ideas for what will happen next.Another example is on page 25 when Jenny starts eating lunch in the hallway because she has no friends.I didn't know what would happen next so then I started to think about the ideas myself.This ...more
Ruth Ann
Feb 26, 2012 Ruth Ann rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, own, fiction
I think lot of middle school girls will relate to this book, mostly about the ever-changing social climate of middle school. Every student will recognize "the Pops", no matter what this group is called in their school. I liked the strong character of Chloe and I think former-best-friend", Addie, is typical of many "mean" girls. I didn't like the way Jenny stood up to her tormentor . . . a food fight. I would have hoped for a more positive model of coping and problem-solving.
Monica Nightfall
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Haley
Nov 03, 2008 Haley rated it it was ok
this book was boring and just like every other book that is like it. nothing new.
Jessica
Oct 11, 2008 Jessica rated it it was ok
Umm... I don't know exactly why I read this book, it was one of those random picks.
Charlotte
Mar 12, 2015 Charlotte rated it really liked it
It's a good book , but kind of short.
Audrey
Mar 28, 2011 Audrey added it
“Can you get an F in Lunch?”
(How I Survived Middle School Series)
By: Nancy Krulik
Reviewed by: Audrey T

Have you ever tried to find out that if your best friend really likes you the same way? Do you really want to know the truth? Can you really trust your real best friend?
Jenny McAfee’s first day of school in Middle School was pretty unusual. Her best friend, Addie Wilson doesn’t really talk to her as much as when they both were at elementary school, 5th grade. Once in lunch, Addie would save
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

A horror experienced by just about everyone - the first days of middle school. Changing classes, finding your way around, trying to keep old friends and making new ones - it's one potential disaster after another.

Jenny McAfee is excited and scared all at the same time. After eight weeks away at summer sleepover camp, she feels pretty confident that she's got what it takes to conquer middle school. She doesn't realize that her BFF
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Rebekah Henschen
Oct 16, 2012 Rebekah Henschen rated it it was amazing
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Lola
May 16, 2016 Lola rated it really liked it
Nancy E. Krulik might have written the best series about middle school friendships ever. I know that's high praise for very short books that also include various quizzes as a bonus plot point, but I think it is true. I remember being in middle school. It was terrible and awkward, and all of your friendships somehow got incredibly more complicated. Everyone is trying to figure out who they are and trying on anything that gets, and sometimes that involves people being very mean to each other.

Kru
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Shonda
Apr 19, 2009 Shonda rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2009
Remember being nervous to start middle school? Actually, when I was in 6th grade, it was still considered elementary school. Seventh and 8th grade were considered middle school (or junior high as we called it. Am I dating myself here?) Anyway, Jenny McAfee is nervous on her first day and the only thing she is looking forward to is seeing her best friend Addie. You see, Jenny spent her entire summer vacation at camp and did not see or talk to Addie while she was away. While she was gone, things ...more
Ammarah
Nov 22, 2014 Ammarah rated it really liked it
I picked up this story a while back and I fell in love with it, it’s so heartwarming and special to me. It’s a really cute story about friendship, finding out who you are and about fitting in. For me, I enjoy reading this story when I start a new school year, even if it’s no longer at my reading level.
At some points Jenny’s character seemed to annoy me slightly. She didn’t seem to understand that her friend was basically ditching her and didn’t want to talk to her anymore. But I did understand
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Sophia Zhu
Oct 02, 2010 Sophia Zhu rated it really liked it
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Isabella Kuo
Nov 25, 2010 Isabella Kuo rated it really liked it
This is the first book of the series, How I survived Middle School. I was in Year Six when I fell upon this book so I immediately started to read it. In this book, there are some really neat tips which shows you how to NOT get in trouble. It's talking about a girl called Jenny McAfee, and she just started middle school. She wasn't nervous as she thought of her best friend Addie Wilson companying her but as the first day of school went by, Jenny realized that her friendship with Addie is breaking ...more
Carmelo Guevara
Nov 07, 2010 Carmelo Guevara rated it it was amazing
I thought that this book by Nancy Krulik was cool. There is this girl named Jenny who is going into middleschool. All she is looking foward is to talk to her friend Addie. Addie turnouts dumping jenny. Her and Addie were like best friends in 5th grade and now they do not like each other,This is why jenny's first day of school is horrible. I think this book is cool beacuse i have alot to relate with jenny. The drama, fame and sometimes enbarresment reminded me back on the days when i was in ...more
Jenna Campbell
I thought that this book by Nancy Krulik was amazing! There is this girl named Jenny who is going into middleschool. Her and her friend were like best friends in 5th grade and now they do not like eachother.Becasue of this her first day of school is horrible. I think this book is amazing because I'm going into 6th so this book really caught my attention.. This book shows how much drama there can be in middleschool. I also liked the book becausse it gave me tips on what npot to do and what to do ...more
Christine (KizzieReads)
I will definitely continue with this series. I think it shows a lot to girls about being popular, true friendships, and right and wrong. When I first starting reading it, I thought it would be just another kids book, but as I read more, it really starting to stand out as a good moral based story, that I am happy to say, my daughter enjoyed it as well. I almost wanted to hug Jenny at the beginning of the story, with all she had to deal with, from her BFF not talking to her, and a new school, it ...more
Int'l librarian
Jenny is a great 6th grade everygirl hero. She faces some very common middle school anxiety spikes – what to wear, who to sit with at lunch, makeup – and finds it near impossible to resist the urge to be cool.

There’s a bit too much of a formulaic promotional feel to the book design, with superficial quizzes that feed the cool factor that Jenny is supposed to stand apart from. But the tie-in Scholastic website, www.middleschoolsurvival.com, seems harmless enough. And it’s not like Middle School-
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Johan Cuevas
Jul 01, 2012 Johan Cuevas rated it it was amazing
Reading this book kind of reminded me of my first year in middle school. I was afraid to hang out with my mother. But then in middle of the year I changed because I got sick and tired of people saying stuff about me hanging out with my mother. Wel, Jenny, in this case isn't. She is always doing what other people say isn't embarrassing. Jenny is the kind of person that always listens to what her friends have to say bad obout them. It a kind of good book but, still read if you're going or on to ...more
Nettie
I loved this book. For anyone who is in middle school or remembers what it was like (the good & the bad) then this book is for you. It's a fun read, with quizzes and an accompanying website included. The story is about Jenny who begins middle school and notices how things changed, basically overnight. After returning from swim camp over the summer, her best friend suddenly doesn't seem to know Jenny anymore and mysteriously has no time to spend with her former best friend. This book gets ...more
ACS Librarian
Jenny is a great 6th grade everygirl hero. She faces some very common middle school anxiety spikes 13 what to wear, who to sit with at lunch, makeup 13 and finds it near impossible to resist the urge to be cool.

There 19s a bit too much of a formulaic promotional feel to the book design, with superficial quizzes that feed the cool factor that Jenny is supposed to stand apart from. But the tie-in Scholastic website, www.middleschoolsurvival.com, seems harmless enough. And it 19s not like Middle S
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Skittles
Aug 07, 2010 Skittles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fave-books
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Pamela
Jan 24, 2013 Pamela rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Maybe I shouldn't rate and review this book since I didn't actually read it, lol. I don't have time to read all my kids' books too so I'm going by what they thought of the book. Kylie read this one and really liked it. I think it appealed to her because she can relate now that she is in 6th grade. It's an easy read, Kylie blew through it in two days. I like other Nancy Krulik books so I'm sure this one is good, too.
Danceaw18zendayafan
I think nancy krulik made a good picture of jenny on the cover and in the book. I still don't know if Sonia, the eight grader actually likes jenny. It's a good book, small too you actually don't need a bookmark to read it. Quality small book, unlike rainbow magic which is a five years old book. You can't put an age tag on this book because it is very thin and long pages (sort of), but also some small kids might not "get" it.
Elads.
Sep 19, 2010 Elads. rated it it was amazing
I loved this book because it showed how much a person can change in one summer, and how much you can change, if someone you think is so much like you ditches you or does something you can't forgive her for. I also liked how much it showed that Jenny changed throughout the book because of the Pops, and i liked that in the beginning of the book Jenny actually WANTED to be a Pop, but then later on saw how mean the Pops can act to your real friends, and that was exactly what happened to Jenny.
Cynthia
Nov 26, 2010 Cynthia rated it it was amazing
It's Jenny's first day in middle school! ahh I'm sure you can all remember what your 1st day was like! Jenny is so happy when she sees her bff who she hasn't seen since last year because she went off to camp for the summer. She finds that he "friend" doesn't really like her anymore and has changed a lot since last year she hangs around ppl she used to hate and become known as the pops! Poor Jenny is left to make new friends and try to forget the old. Great book
Elizabeth
Apr 21, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was great! It is about friendship in school and I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun book to read!!! It is about Jenny starting sixth grade, and figures out Addie (her elementary school BFF) doesn't want to be friends with her anymore and starts to hang out with the Pops (as in Popular, the seventh graders) and Jenny feels excluded. But with the help from her new friends, she makes it through and knows how great her friends truley are!!
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