Lisa Yee returns to her core strength in older middle-grade fiction and the characters that made her famous in this "Diary of a Wimpy Trekkie."
Entering 7th grade is no big deal for Marley Sandelski: Same old boring classes, same old boring life. The only thing he has to look forward to is the upcoming Star Trek convention. But when he inadvertently draws the attention of...more
1. She introduces distinct characters that pull you in and don't let you stop caring, even with all their flaws.
2. She doesn't forget her subsidiary characters and provides surprises, beautiful nuances, and unpredictable twists and turns through the story.
3. Her plot makes me wish I could be a writer to tie in all the story lines with such brilliance: put together Star Trek, Star Wars, bullying, old theater celebrations, AV teams... and come up...more
About Warp Speed.
Marley is a Target. Not sure why, perhaps total geekdom, but that does not always brand a target on someone...
He is though, extremely aware of his outsider status, no one to back him up and is therefore Easy Target for lame bullies-The ones that slam folk into the lockers, that deliver bruising punches for No Reason, the ones that eat your homework, copy your test, threaten the decent folk....and go utterly unn...more
I fell in love with Lisa Yee’s writing when I read MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS years ago. Since then, I’ve shared her novels with my students and they love them, too. Fortunately for us, she has graced her readers with a steady supply of great material over the years. Her latest, WARP SPEED, continues the laughter by focusing on one of the characters introduced in MILLICENT, Marley Sandelski.
Marley is the quintessential middle-school geek: a member of the AV Club, a Star Tre...more
Warp Speed by Lisa Yee is the fourth book about a group of students from Rancho Rossetta. The other three are Millicent Min Girl Genius...more
Lisa Yee takes us back to Rancho Rosetta Middle School in Warp Speed. Marley Sandelski may be my favorite student at Rancho Rosetta. (And I loved Millicent Min, Girl Genius and So Totally Emily Ebers. I’ve missed Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time, but it’s on my TBR). Why is Marley my favorite?
Well, to start with he lives over the old Rialto Theater that his parents run. He has a s...more
Marley lives with his parents above the Rialto Theater, which they own and operate. The Rialto shows old movies on the old reel-to-reel projectors, including occasional silent movies for which Marley's mother plays the live music. Marle...more
Marley is an expert on Star Trek - TSO (the Original Series), AV equipment, and bullying. He's a seventh grader who recognizes his place in the school social network - Geek with a capital G. He's not alone. Ramen, Troy, and Patrick are also fellow geeks and members of the AV Club. There's also a new member named Max who turns out to be quite a surprise.
Now that the AV Club has been awarded the status of an actual class at Rancho Ros...more
Marley feels invisible as he starts his 7th grade year. The only things that get him through the day are Star Trek and the AV Club (picture the guys from The Big Bang Theory when they were in middle school). Many readers will relate to Marley: he worries about his family's financial situation, he gets bullied by kids at school, and he has a crush on a girl who makes him so nervous he blurts out Klingon phrases.
I appreciated that even though Marley had the chance to join the track tea...more
I enjoyed Marley's personality very much. While sometimes I cringed at his social ineptness (view spoiler)[(Klingon, Marley?) (hide spoiler)], he was an interesting character. I didn't get bored with him, and neither did I grow to hate him (as I tend to do with some books).
I liked Marley's development throughout t...more
Ramen and Marley argue endlessly about Star Wars vs Star Trek as they deal with the ups and downs of middle-school which include jocks, lack of funds, lack of friends, crushes, humiliations, and life...more
*Also, I loved the role that Mr. Jiang...more
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...more