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Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time

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For use in schools and libraries only. After flunking sixth-grade English, basketball prodigy Stanford Wong must struggle to pass his summer-school class, keep his failure a secret from his friends, and satisfy his academically demanding father.
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Turtleback Books (first published 2005)
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Chapter book - realistic
For 5th-7th grade

Stanford is looking forward to basketball camp, until he flunks English and spends the summer in school, being tutored, and making unexpected friends in this funny story.

If Stanford doesn't pass English, he can't play on the best basketball team in seventh grade. Which is how he finds himself in summer school instead of at basketball camp, and why the obnoxiously smart Millicent Min is his English tutor. Any reluctant reader will empathize with Stanford's...more
In my ever-long quest in examining Asian American teen fiction, I gave Stanford Wong a try and have to admit, I am a fan. Stanford is a horrible student and basketball star who has to retake English in summer school. This book, written in the form of a diary, tracks Stanford's life that summer where he deals with his parents' tense relationship, his grandmother moving into an old folks' home and his falling in love for the first time with a girl and with books. Cute. I loved Stanford's character...more
After I finished Milliecent Min, I got the sequel. I have to be honest, it wasn't quite as entertaining as Milliecent Min's take on things, but it was cool to see the whole story from a different prespective. Standford Wong is your average teenager: Longing to prove himself, sports jock, blows off school in general and his nerdy tutor (Millicent Min) and is constantly pressured to get good grades by his mother and father. A good read! :)
PS. Cute little relationship between Standford and his gran...more
A good problem novel for boys. Sports, humor, first "love." some family issues.

There is a bit of an "everything but the kitchen sink" to this, but I still enjoyed it, and think most tween boys would.

Family booklist.
Jennifer M
Jan 03, 2008 Jennifer M rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: natasha, iris
This book was AMAZING. It was so kewl how Lisa Yee put alot of information about basketball to make Standford a REAL person. His personality is so real. Lisa Yee, u r amazing.
I loved this book! Great format and writting style. Though this book is geared to elementary basketball playing boys, this book is still a good read for the young female too.
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This book is about a boy named Stanford Wong who is being punished for flunking ( failing ) his English class. He is on the A-Team for the school's basketball team. His coach really wants him to go to some basketbalkl summer camp over the summer. But, unfortunately he can't attend t it because he is flunking English and now he is has to go to summer school to pass the class. I can connect to this book because in 4th grade I was a little non-famous model. Over the summer we took pictures to put...more
This book is about a boy named, Stanford Wong who's about to flunk the 6th grade. One thing about Stanford is that his whole world revolves around basketball. If Stanford doesn't pick up his grades he will be forced the quit the basketball team and risk his father getting even more disappointed in him. Another problem about this is that he has to go to summer school and be tutored by his cousin, Millicent. Another big problem about Stanford is that he can't let his friends know he's going to sum...more
Very readable. The chapters aren't really chapters, but a sort of a time line. You aren't committed to reading a lot at any one time. It works to your advantage at the beginning when you aren't invested in any of the characters and don't really care way happens. Later, you are so invested that the size of the chapters don't really matter.

Many themes make their way into this book. You have the whole school thing going on. Stanford isn't so much into school, but is a basketball fiend. He risks los...more
K.C. Shaw
I'm not sure if this book or Millicent Min, Girl Genius came first. I read Millicent Min first and liked it, but I think this book is even stronger. Stanford feels like a real middle school kid and his problems seem real too. Parts of this book had me almost in tears, while in other parts I laughed out loud.

I particularly liked Stanford, who's earnest without being stuffy and worried without being a worrier. He has a lot to worry about in addition to his little problem with flunking English and...more
Carrie Wilson
Stanford Wong is looking forward to going to a highly reputable basketball camp and being the only seventh grader to be on the A-team at school. He feels that his life is over when his English teacher, Mr. Glick, tells him he will fail sixth grade if he doesn’t take English in summer school. As if this isn’t bad enough, Stanford must miss basketball camp to take summer school. He may even be off the basketball team if he doesn’t pass. Plus, his parents are fighting, his work-a-holic father is pe...more
Aug 02, 2009 Maggie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of "Millicent Min, Girl Genuis"
Shelves: august-09
I was a big fan of Millicent Min Girl Genius when I first read it years back, and I just found out that Lisa Yee wrote not one, but two companions after Millicent. Being a fan, I eagerly awaited reading the companion, telling of the same story, but this time, we got to hear from Stanford's POV.

The book starts off with Stanford finding out he has flunked English, he cannot go to the basketball camp he has awaited for. Instead, he must take a summer-school course. Even then, it gets worse. Stanfo...more
This book is almost as annoying as its cover and title. One look at the kid on the front of this book, and you already know what type of book this is: annoying, sassy, predictable, corny, blasphemous, and upright appalling. So what is this book even about? A boy named Stanford who use to be a nobody at school decides to become a mega-ultra superstar at basketball and become popular. Problem is, he flunks English and has to go to summer school, which you wouldn't think is that big of a deal. But...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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It's the last day of sixth grade, and Stanford Wong can't wait to get out of school and go to Alan Scott's Basketball Camp, the best camp any basketball player could dream of. This is going to be the summer of his life...

...well, that is until he receives his grade for English class: a big fat F.

An F means that basketball camp is over. Stanford needs to go to summer school instead. Not only that, Stanford will be tutored by the annoying genius Milli...more
Kobe Lin
The book Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time is about a boy Stanford who makes the A-Team in basketball. But he can't play for them because he flunked English. He has to start taking summer school to get his grades up. I enjoyed the book because it sounded like this could happen to any other guy. The author made the story going along with good words and had multiple conflicts in the story. Stanford not passing English really changed the plot from what would have happened if he did pass English. Becaus...more
Yee, L. (2005). Stanford Wong flunks big-time. New York, New York: Arthur A. Levine Books.

Stanford Wong is a sixth grader who didn’t pass his English class. He has to take summer school with Mr. Glick, notoriously the hardest teacher at school, and pass or else he won’t be able to play on the A-Team (the top tier) in basketball in the fall. Stanford’s parents hire Millicent Min, Stanford’s peer, but who is a genius who takes high school level classes. During the summer, Stanford deals with tryin...more
Like Millicent Min, Girl Genius, this book has distinctly Asian-American characters, but they are not stereotypical. For example, an Asian-American boy named Stanford Wong who is the star of his middle school basketball team and catches the attention of many girls? Not to mention the fact that he's flunking? Definitely not a stereotype (or if it were, it would be a much improved one from the usual stereotypes of Asian-American men)! This book doesn't have as many funny moments as Millicent Min,...more
Eveline Chao
I loved this! Funny and sweet and warm-hearted and adorable.

I actually started reading this more than a year ago then abandoned it, because it was hard to get into at first. It has a somewhat ADHD style and cuts really abruptly between actions and scenes, which made it hard for me to get drawn in. I think it maybe needs a few slowed-down, longer-running scenes earlier on. Like it needs to take a breather from over-strenuosly throwing plot elements at readers and let us get oriented more slowly....more
Feb 24, 2008 Manshui rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Flunkers
It is difficult for a middle-schooler to be in the edge of failing sixth grade and also keeping up in the A-team for basketball. What Standford Wong does often is play basketball and that's his passion. He was the HERO in the basketball court but he couldn't risk to fail sixth grade and join basketball all summer. However, he needs to be tutored by Millicient Min (the geek) and go to summer school for English. He didn't want his basketball buddies (Digger, Stretch, Gus, and Tico) to know this. H...more
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Stanford Wong is an all time athelete that is a legend once he step onto the basketball court. With a future in this feild, Stanford blocks out all the other possibilities he has in life. Stanford later finds out that he is failing english (always his weakest subject) and needs to pass in order to participate in the basketball team. He has no choice but to study and get his grades up. The question is will he actually accomplish his goals by changing from a jock to a studying student.
This is an i...more
Medeia Sharif
I read Lisa Yee’s MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS years ago. I thought this would be a sequel, but it’s actually not. The story runs parallel to Millicent’s. In the first book Millicent tutors Stanford, who flunked English and has to retake it. I thought Stanford was obnoxious in MILLICENT but with this book, which is in his point of view, I became sympathetic towards him. He lies to his friends about having a summer job, so they won’t find out he’s taking English in summer school. His tutor, Millice...more
I've just read a increadable cook called Stanford Wong fluncks big time,by Lisa Yee. The main character of this book is Stanford Wong. The conflict in this book is how Stanford needs to pass english in order to play his favorite sport basketball. If he doesn't pass the grade he cant play basketball for his school. The setting takes place in a varity of places like Stanford's house, at school, the basketball court and even more places, but the story mostly takes place at school and at home. I lov...more
Bonnie Chen
Basketball or school? Which one is more important? Obviously, school is, but not to Stanford Wong. Basketball is like his life. He can truly express himself freely only on court, but not in the classroom. Clearly, Stanford Wong would be very disappointed if he was told that he had to go to summer school instead of basketball camp.However, academics is really important. Stanford was really reluctant in going to school, but that was the only thing he can do in order to move on the 7th grade. His l...more
This book is about the greatest basket ball player in his school Stanford Wong.It tells how Stanford is so close to flunking the seventh grade along with being kicked off the basket ball team for the next year without any more tryouts. So then he must get a tutor who just happens to be what he calls the poster child for Asian Geekdom. So with all of this in mind he must avoid going to summer school and find a way to make himself better in school.

I can relate this to my school life because I have...more
Ms. Steiger
Stanford Wong has just failed sixth grade English. Now he won't be able to go to the all-star basketball camp this summer -- instead he will be attending summer school. If he doesn't pass English, he won't move up to 7th grade and won't be able play on the middle school basketball A-team. Stanford Wong is the first 7th grader to ever make the A-team, so he can't mess up this opportunity.

Stanford struggles to find his way over the course of the summer: dealing with family issues--his parents thi...more
This is a fun,quick, gross read. It is told from the point of view of Stanford, who is a Chinese boy who is not so great in school but really great on the basketball court. He fails his English class and must take summer school to stay on the A team. This could have very easily been a simple, fun book but it had a lot of layers.

Stanford's dad is up for a big promotion and is spending less and less time at home. He is also really hard on Stanford. Stanford's grandmas is being placed in an old fol...more
Scottsdale Public Library
Stanford Wong's summer is going to be great! He's finished 6th grade, has an awesome group of friends, and is looking forward to a great time at basketball camp this summer. Then everything goes wrong - Stanford flunks English, his parents cancel basketball camp so that he can attend summer school, and he is forced into being tutored by the local girl genius, Millicent Min. If he doesn't pass, he won't move on to 7th grade and won't be able to play on the A-team next year. Suddenly his great lif...more
Jasmine Cui
May 18, 2011 Jasmine Cui rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yahan Xie
Recommended to Jasmine by: I saw it, I read it, I loved it, nuff said
Lurved it. <3 x 1 mill. This is so funny for me because this guy "Stanford Wong" sounds SOOOO un-asian I can't believe he is other than the fact his name is Stanford (my dream college) Wong (typical AMASIAN last name) I really love how he has to lie about getting tutored when we all know that this has probably not happened to most asians in the first place anyways (not saying all asians) and that this really would have made more sense if he didn't have such a demanding father. Not saying that...more
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