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Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School

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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  355 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Junior Library Guild Selection

This is the story of THE LEAGUE OF PICKLE MAKERS.

Ben: who began it all by sneaking in one night and filling homeroom with ball-pit balls.

Frank: who figured out that an official club, say a pickle making club, could receive funding from the PTA.

Oliver: who once convinced half of the class that his real parents had found him and he was going to...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Roaring Brook Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Betsy
When I was in college I took a course in journalism to fulfill an English credit. I had no real desire to report the news in any way, shape, or form so when the time came to write an article for the paper I had to find something that would be in my wheelhouse. Ultimately I decided to write a piece on the history of pranks at my alma mater. It was a fun piece to write and instilled in me not a love of reporting but rather a love of pranking and all it entails. A good prank, a true prank, does no...more
Heidi
3.5 Stars

Kim Baker’s debut, Pickle, is the type of middle grade book that invites the reader in, imparting special secrets and trusting them as part of an inner circle. It is creative, fun, never crosses that line into too cheesy, and yes, a little bit gross. Kids will love this book.

Pickle and the members of the League of Pickle Makers (aka the PTA–Prank and Trickster Association) will bring a little laughter to the lives of all it’s readers (yes, even those over 20–as long as all of their humo...more
Carissa
The first thing you need to realize about pickle making is that it is serious business. Pickling has a long and illustrious history in the food preservation industry. Pssst! Are all of the grown-ups gone? They are? Great. Then we can let you in on a secret. The League of Pickle Makers is really a cover for the newest club at Fountain Point Middle School—the P.T.A. (Pranks and Trick Association). The club was started by me, Ben Ruiz and we only do pranks that are funny or fun and not mean. If you...more
Barbara
When sixth grader Ben Diaz fills his classroom with several donated pit balls as a prank, he decides it might be fun to do more of the same. Together, with four other classmates, he organizes the League of Pickle Makers as an extracurricular school club that even qualifies for funding, and under that name, the club's real work is accomplished through the appropriately-named Prank and Trick Association. Because their work must be done anonymously, Ben and the others agree to exclude his best frie...more
Bethe
2014-15 Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee. What a hoot - 4.5 stars! Great beginning will pull in kid readers, especially to keep the secret, I went straight to the website to check it out, I'm sure young readers will as well. Loved the first prank, I kept thinking of the disclaimer: don't try this at home! My students will definitely connect with the Hispanic characters. This book will make a great read aloud with its humor and funny figurative language. The zoobreak chapter is hilarious, page 177...more
Ms. Yingling
After Ben performs the epic prank of filling his school classroom up with the entire contents of a ball pit he gets from a local pizza parlor, he decides that he needs a group to help him pull off more pranks. His best friend, Hector, won't be any use, since his grandmother is the principal of their middle school. He enlists Frank and Oliver, since they seem like likely candidates for trouble, and Bean, since Frank won't join without her. They plan a birthday celebration for a new girl on her fi...more
Barb Middleton
Pranksters at my high school made life exciting by doing stuff like plugging a stick up the ketchup dispenser so when the victim, such as myself, pushed down on the pump, the stick went sailing out like a blow dart spraying the victim with ketchup. First time it happened to me, I had to go home and change pants. When the ketchup dispenser was out for a lunch meal, I had to watch out for the blow dart prankster. When toilet paper draped the ten oak trees that sit in my parents' front yard, I thou...more
Becky
Alright, what to say about this one?
When it started out, I was really "meh." The writing was very elementary. Not only was it not challenging to read, it basically offered itself caught, shot, and served on a platter. And not in a good, "this just flows so nicely" kind of way. More like a, "hey, there's a word longer than two syllables, let's throw it a parade!" kind of way. You're writing for children, give them something to chew on and stop spoon feeding them.
Okay, enough with the food referen...more
Colby Sharp
I am predicting this book to be a CYBILS MG finalist.
Anna
Pickle: The (formerly) anonymous prank club of fountain point middle school / Kim Baker / 2012
Genre: fiction
Format: juvenile literature/ novel
Plot summary: Using a bogus name, the League of Picklemakers, sixth-grader Ben and three recruits start a prank-pulling club and receive funding from their middle school's PTA.

Considerations: mischievous behavior

Review citation: School Library Journal, vol 58
"The club members all have backstories that make them distinct characters; the adults get less atte...more
Tina Hoggatt
Pickle is a delight, This first novel by Kim Baker follows a middle school group of friends as they create a prank club, under cover of a pickle making after-school club. Wise and funny, the story starts with Ben who plays plays a prank on impulse that starts off a series of events that threatens to get away from him and his fellow pranksters. This book is about friendship and family and in its gentle, engaging way models the society we actually live in: multicultural, complex, communal - withou...more
Marilyn
When I started this book, I immediately knew where it was headed, but kept thinking "oh please no, don't let this end with what I think". But sure enough it did and for this reason, I totally dislike it. Ben gets a whole pit full of ball-pit balls and finds his room at school and drops the stinky things I there. He decides that was so much fun he asks some other imagined loaners to join him for more pranks. If the pranks would have remained innocent and not malicious I might of thought different...more
Ann
I found this book in the library after my son had way too much fun with a whoopee cushion and a plastic snake! After reading the cover, he was immediately immersed in the book, and he liked it so much he asked me to read it as well.

So I did. I am somewhat less enthusiastic about it than my son, and that is mainly because I couldn't follow the character development of some of the characters.
The story first : a couple of 6th grader form a secret group for pranking their school and exasperate thei...more
Karron Dobbs
I wasn't prepared to like this as much as I did....you'll inspired to create some fun of your own!
The Styling Librarian
Pickle - The (Formerly) Anonymous PRANK CLUB of Fountain Point Middle School by Kim Baker, illustrated by Tim Probert - What a hilarious book where pranks get out of hand and just having fun becomes actions that impact numerous people in a negative light.
Shanshad Whelan
A lot of fun. I do feel like the author took a couple of ideas and pointers from Improv Everywhere or another group like it. In the end, this sort of felt like an updated take on the Gordon Korman MacDonald Hall books.
Diane
This book has a lot of problems. The author asks us to suspend our belief once too often in this unrealistic tale of life at a middle school. All the teachers and other adults at the school are clueless; the kids are allowed to roam the halls and classrooms after school with no adult supervision; That money would just be handed over to kids for their clubs? Come on! Too many coincidences that allow the prank club to get out of trouble. Unless it’s complete satire, which this isn’t, there has to...more
Adam
Super fun, though because it might make teachers nervous. Probable read aloud later in the year.

Reread January, 2013, as a classroom read aloud.
Lorna
A quirky cast of characters and a whimsical set of pranks make for a fun middle grade read. Humor loving kids in third grade and up will enjoy this one.
Emily
Ben, Frank, Oliver, Bean, and Sienna are the "League of Pickle Makers" as far as their after-school club's sponsor and PTA funders know. What they actually spend their club time and funds on is planning and executing fun, chaotic, mostly-harmless pranks at their middle school. Pickle's told in the first person by 6th grader Ben Diaz, and I was impressed by the authenticity of Baker's rendering of his thoughts and all the kids' speech (unrealistic dialogue or observations are the first thing that...more
katsok
This book is great fun and my students are going to go crazy for it. Full review to follow soon.
Cooper Renner
Read for review for mamiverse.com
Teresa Scherping
It all began... with ball-pit balls. Ben Diaz sees an ad in the paper for free ball-pit balls to anyone who would take them away. Naturally intrigued, he hauls away bags of them, but his parents won't let him keep them in the apartment. (They kind of stink.) Instead, Ben goes past his school that night and finds the window of his homeroom wide open. The next day, the whole room is full of balls, and everyone is wondering who did it. So begins a secret group of pranksters, masquerading as a club...more
Rachel
It’s Monday morning. You’re tired, cranky, and already desperate for Friday. You wait outside your classroom door with your 10 pound backpack and a lunch box, possibly sweating in your coat. Your teacher opens the classroom door, and you can’t stop staring. The entire room is filled with plastic balls from the local pizza place’s ball pit. Your classmates start diving in left and right, not even caring that the room smells like Parmesan cheese and feet.

If you were attending Fountain Point Middle...more
Drucilla
Feb 05, 2014 Drucilla rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: b
There was nothing really wrong with it, but there wasn't really anything great about it. There are things touched on (like Hector's relationship with his grandmother and Sienna's parents divorcing) but not fully explored and I was disappointed with that. I also didn't know why (view spoiler). It didn't make any sense and we weren't given a convincing reason on top of that.
Sharon Lawler
Most middle schoolers just fantasize about possible pranks, but this group actually plans and executes. The whole craze begins when Ben decides to answer an ad and take ownership of the complete collection of ball-pit balls which a local pizzeria was offering for free. Since his dad said the balls could not stay at or in their house, Ben is undetected as he disposes of them by hauling them to his school, tossing them through an open window of his classroom, and watching the fun the next day. The...more
Susan
This book was laugh out loud funny. It shows what happens when a group of students take a prank too far and the resulting overreaction by the principal of said students. This book has issues with best friends, Hector and Dan, and how trust is such a delicate thing and betraying a trust can be unforgivable.
M.
I really like this book. Ben, in 6th grade, is ready to inject some fun into his very dull and humorous school days--and by this, he means pranks that do no harm but which will make people laugh. He starts by adding a ball pit's worth of balls to his classroom one night and he and his fellow students have a ball with them the next morning (pun intended). He teams up with other students and, as a cover, they found the Pickle Club. Their goal--harmless, funny pranks. And, of course, they make some...more
Elizabeth Walls
Bluebonnet 2014-2015. I didn't really enjoy this book all that much. It had some funny spots, but overall just not my thing. However, I think my 8 year old boy will find it very funny and very readable.
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