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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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Nov 01, 2008 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juv, sports, middle-school
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
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
May 29, 2009 Della rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 16, 2015 Reyreyesisagod rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Attention, after this point there might be spoilers sprinkled in.
Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time is a great book by Lisa Yee. It depicts a young teenager named Stanford making the A-Team in his school's basketball team. But there is one problem, Stanford has flunked the meanest teacher's English class. Stanford struggles to keep this secret from his best friends, the roadrunners, and he also has the piled on misery of being tutored by the school's nerdiest kid, Millicent Min. In the end, the wa
Jun 22, 2014 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man, Lisa Yee is funny. I remember Millicent Min was, like, the best thing to happen to me at age ten, and maybe it's the nostalgia, but I can't help but be fond of her childhood acquaintance Stanford as well. Stanford's insecurity, ridiculousness and secret loser traits (knitting? the purple hair?) combine to make him an unexpectedly charming protagonist. His grandma, Yin-Yin, is excellent as well. I could read a whole book about her taking Ramon on as a dim sum apprentice.
Ya gotta love a kid as quirky and endearing as Stanford Wong. His plan to attend the best basketball camp during the summer before seventh grade is derailed when he flunks English. Even worse, if he doesn't attend and pass summer school, he will lose his place on the A-team at Rosetta Ranchero Middle School. When you're the only seventh grader to have made the A-team, that's a big problem.

But of course it doesn't stop there. Suddenly he finds his grandmother may be having problems and have to mo
This book takes place over the same summer as "Millicent Min, Girl Genius,"; in fact, the author repeats some of the dialog from MMGG. This is Stanford's story. He's a basketball standout at risk of being dropped from the middle school's A-team because he flunked an English class. Instead of an NBA basketball camp to look forward to, he attends summer school with his dreaded English teacher. Besides the horror of having Millicent tutor him, Stanford has troubles at home. His parents put his gran ...more
Jun 08, 2015 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 10-13 yr old
Recommended to Beverly by: We Need Diverse Books
Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time is a fun, funny and insightful read for any middle grade student who has ever felt academically inadequate or had trouble understanding why adults fuss so much about learning. Stanford is just not into school. His whole life revolves around basketball. His workaholic parents don't understand him, and don't understand why he can't be more like his academic all-star sister. His summer is ruined when he flunks English, and his parents not only make him go to summer sch ...more
Louella Wan
Stanford Wong just failed his Grade 6 English class. He has to take summer school classes and doesn't want any of his friends to know. He is the only 6th grader on the basketball team and if he doesn't pass he is off the team. Since he does no homework his parents hired him a tutor, Stanford's worst enemy Millicent Min. Stanford meets Millicent Min's friend Emily, he likes her. Stanford tries hard to pass english so he can be on the basketball team and to impress Emily. He ends up passing englis ...more
Luke Hill
Apr 26, 2016 Luke Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time is a fictional book about Stanford Wong who is a very good basketball player and over the summer is going to a basketball camp for the best players in the country, but when he flunks English class his parents make him skip basketball camp and go to summer school. Stanford who is to embarrassed to tell his friends he failed english, so he sneaks to class and lies and says he needs to help his dad over the summer. Later in the book his parents pay his bitter enemy Mil ...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.
Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time, is a great book by Lisa Yee, about Stanford Wong, the greatest basketball player in his school, flunks English. If he doesn't retake and up his grade, he could be off A-Team, the best basketball team at the school. If he can get his grade up, he will be the first 7th grader on the A-Team, if he can pass English. This is a trilogy by Lisa Yee that is the same story, but seen from different peoples perspective. A genius who is 12 and is a senior in high school who is ...more
Jennifer M
Jan 03, 2008 Jennifer M rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Mar 01, 2013 Torense rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ben Is
Feb 29, 2016 Ben Is rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Stanford Wong flunks big time" by Lisa Yee is a book that I read in sixth grade in my Core class. I am now a TA in that same class, and I decided to pick the book up once again. And, even though I read the books years ago, I still enjoyed it's interesting character's, as well as it's picture perfect depiction of a middle schooler's agenda. It does this while at the same time making you laugh, cry, and overall feel generally sorry and or happy for Stanford through his many up's and down's with g ...more
Brandon Youngkrantz
Oct 09, 2014 Brandon Youngkrantz rated it really liked it
This book was a very good book. I like this book because it seemed very realistic the whole time. It had some drama in it. It also had lots of love and meeting new people. I also liked it because they referenced basketball a lot.

This book was about a 6th grader that flunked the 6th grade. He is the best basketball player in the school and the whole "A-team" is counting on hime to make it. So he has to get some tutoring and the girl named Milliencent Min. They don't like each other at all. After
Shaeley Santiago
When Stanford flunks his 6th grade English class and has to go to summer school to make up the class, it means he can't go to the fancy basketball camp like he'd planned. Instead, he has to stay home, deal with his parents, and his grandmother whose memory is deteriorating. He doesn't even tell his basketball buddies that he's in summer school and that's why he couldn't go to basketball camp.

Even though it's not how he would have chosen to spend his summer, Stanford does learn something about r
Oh boy, Stanford Wong screwed up big time. Failing English might mean he has to give up his coveted spot on his middle school basketball team, and basketball is his life. His only hope is Millicent Min, a nerd/genius who has been hired to tutor him over the summer. The only problem is they detest each other.

I enjoyed being in Stanford's middle school mind and getting a feel for what's important to a 6th grader. This story has three main characters and Lisa Yee has written three novels from each
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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
Nov 15, 2009 Nadia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 24, 2008 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
K.C. Shaw
Oct 03, 2012 K.C. Shaw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
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
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 it was amazing  ·  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
Mar 17, 2013 Ryan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kobe Lin
Mar 25, 2013 Kobe Lin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 19, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
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
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Lisa Yee was born and raised near Los Angeles. As a kid, she loved reading, opening brand new boxes of cereal (to get the prize), and riding the teacups at Disneyland.

Lisa attended Brightwood Elementary School in Monterey Park, California where she once won an award for best decorated cake. However, Lisa cut the ribbon in half because her friend Linda had also worked on the cake, and they had agre
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