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How to Survive Middle School

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  2,088 ratings  ·  202 reviews
Eleven-year-old David Greenberg dreams of becoming a TV superstar like his idol, Jon Stewart. But in real life, David is just another kid terrified of starting his first year at Harman Middle School. With a wacky sense of humor and hilarious Top 6 Lists, David spends his free time making Talk Time videos, which he posts on YouTube. But before he can get famous, he has to f ...more
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Published April 13th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Matthew curtin
Aug 25, 2013 Matthew curtin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Matthew by: no one
top 6 1/2 list on why this book is AWESOME
1. it is hilarious
2. it stands up to bullies gets a kid to follow his dreams though people say it is stupid
4. David uses youtube in a book :D
5. what is better than a singing hamster
6 1/2. stop... HAMMY TIME!!!!!!!
Reading Vacation
By: Donna Gephart
“The first day of summer vacation is important, because what you do that day sets the tone for the rest of the summer.”
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David Greenberg dreams of becoming a TV superstar along the lines of Jon Stewart. But in real life, he’s just another kid terrified of starting his first year at Harman Junior High. Things aren’t looking any better when David gets duped by his best friend into breaking the dress code on the first day
I definitely expect this to appear on the Rebecca Caudill list in the next 2-3 years. This is a great book for grades 5th-7th. David struggles with all of the things that hit in middle school, shifting friendships, hormones, bullies, and a family split that occurred two years earlier. Throw in his web show to accentuate the difference between your "real" life and your "online" life, and I would say this is just the type of coming of age story you will find on lots of recommended reading lists. I ...more
Edgar Juarez
This is the best book I have read, it is a type of book that has sad parts but then happy parts. It is filled with suspense and it is also super funny. The sad thing is that David (the main character) loses his friend but then he becomes friends with a new girl that was home schooled. After that, one day he got kissed by the new girl which her name is Sophie. One day David's hamster died and he told Sophie , so Sophie baked him a cupcake and an 8th grader who got held back saw the cupcake and th ...more
David Greenberg is eleven years-old and a huge fan of Jon Stewart, so much so that he makes internet videos called TalkTime where he provides a top 6 1/2 list and daily acne reports courtesy of an unsuspecting sister. He is also dealing with his mother leaving the family to go live on an organic beet farm. A place where she has no phone, no TV and no electricity. Where the only way she can stay in touch is through infrequent letters.

Luckily, David has his best friend, Elliot. That is until the d
I enjoyed the life of David Greenberg as he navigates summer between elementary school and middle school and then begins life at Harman Middle School. David wants to be a talk show host and makes his own videos and posts them on youtube. His friend Elliot, who becomes part of the enemy camp later gets mad at David and they do not speak during the first part of middle school.

David has to negotiate between the loss of his mother to an isolated beet farm, his older cousin and his older sister who
Ages 9+ (Middle school bullying and friendship trauma leads to giving the middle finger, etc)

David Greenberg is going into sixth grade. His mom moved to a beet farm in Maine, his sister Lindsey is a zitty bathroom hog, and his best friend Elliott is suddenly into going to the mall to see a GIRL instead of making videos and playing k'nex. By the time school starts, there's an irreparable rift with his former bff. Elliott starts hanging out with bully Tommy, and David's new best friend is a girl
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Laura S
David is a twelve year-old who is starting middle school. He likes a TV show host whose name is Jon Stewart. He also really wants to have a TV show like him. So he makes videos with his friend Elliot anh hamster Hammy on YouTude. Eliot and David argee about a girl signing Elliot's year book with two hearts. Then they stop hanging out with each other. Instead Elliot decides to hang out with an other kid named Tommy. Tommy is known to be the meanest kid in middle school. And so know Elliot starts ...more
Jt Mcmann
The book I read was How to Survive Middle School by Donna Grephart. The theme was no matter what happens, follow your dreams. This book has some sad parts and some suspenseful parts. It is a really good book and I enjoyed it.
The main character is David. He likes the daily show and watches it every day. He also makes a show on YouTube just like his show. Another character is Sophie. Her and David are both friends. Another one of David's friends is Elliott. He was not David's friend for a while af
These Juvie books that take the protagonist to that special level of hell known as social pariahdom make my chest hurt. This was a fairly good book that tempered its atrocities with a bit of humour, but I just can't get my head around the fact that the lame videos described in the book would garner Jon Stewart's attention. (this coming from a person whose current favourite video on YouTube is "What Am I? What Am I?" by ThoseLilRabbits, so there's a good possibility that I'm being too critical)
This book was really funny. It was very sad when Hammy died. When David got swirlie i felt so bad for him.
Luke R
How To Survive Middle School, By:Donna Gephart is a great realistic fiction book that will crack you up. You wont be able to put it down. David Greenberg is going to start 6th grade at Harmen Middle School. He gets some advice from his older cousin Jack but that just scares him even more than he already is. David has big plans for the summer leading up to it... but his best friend, Elliot has different ideas on how to spend his summer. These two friends start splitting up until they become compl ...more
This book is hilarious! I think that every 5th and 6th grader should read this, boy or girl. I love the main character and his family, and I find the storyline very believable. There's just enough sadness for it to be relatable, but its so funny that you can deal with the sadness. Plus, I'm a huge Jon Stewart fan.
Jul 09, 2012 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amber
Now I can see why this book wasd an award winner. If you are a middle school teacher or a middle school student you have to read it.

It is very funny.

Middle Schoolers don't be scared about the bullying they talk about in the book. It is not true!
Caudill 2013. Even though this book is realistic fiction, I really liked it. :) I think 5th graders going into middle school could really relate to the characters and plot lines.
How to survive middle school is about a boy named david he has a bestfreind named elliot. Their going to start middle school after the summer. David gots everything planned for what he is going to do for he whole summer. Until Elliot comes and says a girl put to hearts on his year book. Now for Elliot that is awsome but david know that that is normal because she did the same thing with him. It's the first day of middle school and david is in a 7h grade math class . So is another girl but she was ...more
I read this last year but i remembered it was like really good so yeah read it seriously
This book was pretty good, it's about a kid named David who learns his way through Middle School (only 6th grade in the book) and say, Middle School sucks. He also has TalkTime videos on YouTube, that eventually ended up going on TV! Yet Tommy Murphy the middle school bully seems to think they're lame. Even his best friend Elliot joins his side. Yet he meets a new girl Sophie, who he likes. Even his hamster breaks his heart, you'll have to read the book to find out the REALLY SAD moment. 243 pag ...more
Oscar Basuyaux
November 5, 2014

As the novel starts, the protagonist, David Greenberg, just finished elementary school in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. The first day of summer is very important and David doesn't want to ruin it. He invited his best friend over and watch some episodes of his favorite TV show that he recorded. His best friend, Eliott, comes late, and comes with his yearbook signed by a girl. Eliott went mad and started looking for that girl named Cara. David and Eliott went to the mall to look for her,
Jun 04, 2012 Jill rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jill by: 2013 Caudill list
This was a cute book, but a bit on the predictable side.

This is the story of David, who is just starting middle school! He makes videos and posts them to YouTube, and he wants to be like Jon Stewart. That part was awesome because he also mentions Stephen Colbert! Only once, but that's okay. When he makes a new friend, Sophie, she promotes his videos and he becomes a superstar famous person! But only online... in real life, his elementary school buddy is a major jerk to him, and he has a hard tim
Feb 17, 2013 Beverly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 10-13 year olds
Recommended to Beverly by: Indie Next List/
How To Survive Middle School, and its protagonist David Greenburg, are likeable and memorable. David's first few months of middle school are tense, funny and heartwarming. Most kids are apprehensive about starting middle school. Luckily, for most of them, their fears are calmed after the first few days. Not for David Greenburg. Middle school begins even worse than he feared. His best friend, and only friend from elementary school going to the same middle school, is now best friends with the scho ...more
Robert Kent
How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart is very enjoyable and very funny. But I should warn you, it’s a little sad in places, so you’ll be alternately laughing and sniffling. That’s the best sort of story and you’re going to have a good time. Here’s the lowdown:

Eleven-year-old David Greenberg idolizes Jon Stewart (me too) and wants to host his own talk show when he grows up. In the meantime, he hosts his own You Tube show from his bedroom. Each week he gives the very funny acne forecast, w
Cindy Hudson
David Greenburg is 11 years old and about to start middle school. He’s not too worried until his older cousin Jack tells him about the horrors he may face, including a toilet-bowl swirlie on his birthday. David has other worries on his mind too: his mom left the family to live on a farm in Maine that has no electricity or phone service, his best friend Elliott no longer speaks to him, and his older sister Lindsay is hostile a lot of the time. The only good thing he has going is his grandmother, ...more
Kim Van Sickler
Heartwarming story of a smart, endearing, but scared new sixth grader who finds he's a smash with his creative videos on You Tube, but a failure at fitting in at middle school. The brother-sister relationship between David and his older sister with the ribbing but concern rings absolutely true and is touching. David's realization that Internet fame doesn't fill the void missing in his day-to-day life is powerful. The loss of his pet hamster and his tortured feelings for the mother who left him p ...more
David Greenberg is terrified of starting middle school and more so after his cousin Jack spews a list of dos and don’ts and inevitable mistreatment of students there. His ex-best friend Elliot who used to assist David with their Talk Time videos posted on YouTube starring David and Hammy, the hamster. But now Elliot is only interested in girls and hanging out with Tommy Murphy a bully who taunted David and Elliot last year. David is also without his mother, she left two years ago to find herself ...more
David Greenberg hopes to one day have his own late night talk show, just like his idol Jon Stewart. He and his best friend Elliott have collaborated on their own “talk time” videos starring David’s hamster Hammy. Their comedic sketches include David’s own “top 6 lists” as well as a “daily acne forecast” in which his older sister is unknowingly featured. As with most middle school students, however, David finds that his world is increasingly not lacking for problems. His mother has left to live ...more
2013 Rebecca Caudill nominee. Excellent book, well written. 5th grade and up.

David is starting middle school. His cousin has told him that the older bullies will stick the 6th graders' heads in the toilets and flush; he and his best friend have had a major fight and the "best friend" is actively trying to sabotage him; he's being majorly bullied by some older boys; and his mother ran off 2 years previously. (She's now living in a cabin with no electricity or phone, on an organic farm, in Maine,
Protagonist David Greenberg is 12 years old and about to begin middle school. His best friend, Elliott Berger, becomes interested in girls during the summer before 6th grade and talks David into wasting those months hanging out at the mall, looking for a girl Elliott thinks has a crush on him, instead of producing their YouTube show, Talk Time. This leads to a big fit as summer ends and for most of the school year, Elliott is not only "friends" with Tommy Murphy, a bully, but also one of David's ...more
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