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Warp Speed

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  777 Ratings  ·  127 Reviews

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

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Anna Smithberger
Dec 12, 2014 Anna Smithberger rated it it was ok
I had to skim to finish this, and honestly would have stopped after about 20 pages if I weren't reading it for class. Part of the problem is that a lot of this rang false to my experience of both middle and high school, but I know I was lucky to be somewhere that bullying wasn't terrible. But also, liking nerdy/geeky things does not make you this big a loser, especially in the wake of so many blockbuster films. Batman isn't on the fringe. Star Trek isn't as fringe as it used to be. I may not be ...more
Amy Rae
Dec 12, 2014 Amy Rae rated it liked it
Loved all the Star Trek stuff, and I thought that Marley's gigantic crush on Emily Ebers was really well-played. It felt realistic to me, even if Emily came off as way too good to be true at times.

That said, I found the wrap-up of the bullying stuff kind of forced. The eleventh-hour appearance of (view spoiler) seemed artificial and overly convenient. (view spoiler)
The Styling Librarian
Jul 20, 2011 The Styling Librarian rated it really liked it
Why I love books by Lisa Yee, especially Warp Speed:
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
Carrie Cross
Nov 17, 2016 Carrie Cross rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderfully written story of overcoming bullying, learning self-esteem, and so much more. Often humorous and occasionally poignant, this story transcends the typical trials of middle school. Subplots include living with a blind mother (who golfs!) inside a once resplendent but now decrepit move theater, and feeling invisible in a school filled with popular kids. Excellent choice for a reading group; children and adults alike will love this book.
Josh Newhouse
Nov 06, 2011 Josh Newhouse rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book, but it made me uncomfortable... Maybe a little too close to home..l hated Principal and teacher characters, saw some real nuance in the bullies, found the ending heartwarming but unfortunately fairytailish, and found the message mixed... But the book was really good, and the Yee-niverse characters are always interesting... I wanted more Millicent:)
I don't think the publisher's blurb, which calls this book, "Diary of a Wimpy Trekkie" is accurate and might push away readers who would otherwise enjoy Warp Speed.
Sarah W
While I'd lock heads with main character Marley Sandelski in a battle over Star Wars vs. Star Trek, that only added to my enjoyment of this middle grade read. Marley, as a Star Trek fanatic, has a number of items he relies upon. When he needs to think or decompress, he has Spock ears to put on. When he's nervous, he speaks in Klingon. He records brief thoughts about his day in a Captain's Log. They're coded in Trek speak. For example, when he had to attend a Home Sciences class for a few weeks t ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Oct 07, 2010 Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

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
Emma Wentworth
Feb 25, 2017 Emma Wentworth rated it liked it
Shelves: 356-books-8-15
This book is so fun, I have never read a book about a character in middle school, but I think it captures the emotions and middle school behavior very well. I think that anyone middle school age would be able to connect to this book and the characters, it is all about trying to find yourself and who your friends are. I would recommend this book to anyone 6th grade to 9th grade, anyone over the age of fourteen might find this book too juvenile.

I would use this book for an English class to teach
Aug 23, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it
In my opinion, there are few (slightly older) middle-grade authors that capture a kids's voice as pitch-perfectly as South Pasadena-based Lisa Yee. They sound like a 6th or 7th grader realistically talking but are still well-written. They deal with real middle school issues (popularity, bullies, having crushes) and real world issues (job security, handicaps). And most importantly, to me at least, her books are hilarious. They have a huge amount of kid appeal but aren't SO kid-friendly that no ad ...more
Mar 12, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Warp Speed would seem to be a slam dunk for me as a personal favorite. It's about Star Trek, one of my faves, and has a lot of Sci Fi references. It has a sub plot about an old theater that shows old movies, and I love old movies. It also has track and basketball in it, and I love sports. But Warp Speed is a lot more, and my reactions to it are also more nuanced.

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
Amy Holiday
Dec 30, 2016 Amy Holiday rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Who doesn't love a story where the nerds win? Super fun, wacky romp. Marley is absolutely lovable, not sure what all the bullies saw in him anyway. Loved his friend, the girl with the boy name (dang, it's been awhile, but I forget...Alex??? Don't think that's it.) Haven't read the Emily Ebers version of Millicent Min's book yet, but she seems so Mary Sue I think I'm going to queue that next so I can get a better look at her flaws ;-) Liked that Stanford and Stretch made cameos too. Recommended!
Marjorie Light
Mar 08, 2011 Marjorie Light rated it it was amazing
WARP SPEED by Lisa Yee

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
Mar 17, 2013 Leslie rated it really liked it
Warp Speed was my first Lisa Lee novel. It was recommended to me at a Best Books conference this year, and I'm glad I picked it up. Lee has created a rather extensive world revolving around the Rancho Rosetta Middle School, and her characters (both the children and the adults) weave in and out of a series of YA novels. Neat concept and both school and the town surrounding it seem fully realized. Lots of features and quirky details are included that one can tell might easily be major settings or ...more
Warp Speed is an interesting book. The main character is Marley Sandelski, a 7th grader who feels invisible--except when he's targeted by bullies. Marley belongs to the AV Club and is a rabid Star Trek fan. Outwardly he fits the stereotypical profile of a "nerd."

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
May 26, 2014 Ethan rated it it was amazing
Have you ever felt invisible? Enter Marley's world. He seems to be transparent to everyone but bullies. To them, he has a target on his back. His only refuge is the AV club, which you can hardly even consider a refuge. His few friends are super-nerds of the AV club, and even they have started to distance from them. Everything is going wrong - that is, until an unfortunate (at the time) event arises and Marley showcases his hidden talent. The world suddenly flips. Now, all popular kids invite him ...more
Sep 13, 2012 Beverly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 12-14 yr old
Recommended to Beverly by: Best Books for Young Adults/
Warp Speed is funny, romantic and realistic. I loved Warp Speed, but it was not always an enjoyable read. The descriptions of bullying are so realistic and frightening, it is hard to read without getting angry and sad and angrier. Once again outstanding YA author Lisa Yee takes readers to Rancho Rosetta Middle School. This time we get to know Marley, a bright, creative Star Trek geek. Marley is dreading seventh grade knowing he once again will be totally invisible to everyone but his small grou ...more
Absolutely Maybe pulled me into Lisa Yee's corner. Loved that book!
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
Kay Mcgriff
Jan 26, 2012 Kay Mcgriff rated it it was amazing
I'm loving this one--glad to be back at Rancho Rosetta Middle School with old friends and new characters. I love Marley.

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
Feb 06, 2016 Snogged rated it it was ok
For a book published in 2011, I was surprised that fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Batman were still sterotypically placed on the nerd/geek scale in this book. Film directors Christopher Nolan and JJ Abrams have helped increase the popularity of these genres. Plus, it could be said that The Big Bang Theory and other mainstream media have made "geek" far more trendy.

That being said, I'm not 12 years old anymore and this book is intended for middle schoolers. The reason I picked this book up was
Kait F.
Feb 06, 2011 Kait F. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I absolutely love the world that Lisa created for Marley—his life in a historical landmark: the Rialto. His blind mother and anxiety-ridden father. His love for the silver screen (paired with his knowledge of all the old film classics) and his nerdy obsession with Star Trek. It is fantastic that he lives in such a beautiful working theater and fascinating that his mother is blind—and I love that Lisa brought to life a protagonist so real that despite the unique background Marley comes from, we c ...more
Ms. Yingling
Feb 09, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it really liked it
Marley is a bit geeky-- he's member of the school Audio Visual group (which is, oddly, allowed to move televisions around, even though all of my televisions are labeled "Students have been killed by falling equipment".), loves the orginal Star Trek, and not only hands over his homework regularly to Digger, but is frequently hit by "the Gorns" who bully him mercilessly. Marley has a good group of friends, including Ramen (even though he loves Star Wars), and Max (even though she is a she and love ...more
Aug 30, 2011 M. rated it really liked it
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Apr 24, 2011 Megan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: upper elementary/lower middle school
3 1/2 stars

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
Oct 14, 2011 H rated it really liked it
Yee returns to the middle school world of Millicent Min, Stanford Wong and Emily Ebers, this time telling the story of Marley Sandelski, a Star Trek freak and frequent bully target. Yee gives a fairly serious look at what it feels like to be the repeated target of bullies, and just why a kid might not want to tell - even in the face of some pretty brutal bullying. The adults - particularly the administrators, parents and teachers - are all pretty clueless at what might be an effective way to sto ...more
David  Despain
May 31, 2012 David Despain rated it liked it
Not my favorite book, but an entertaining read. I blew through this novel and it is definitely for "tweens." Another thing about this book is the disturbing likeness it is to my own middle school life. I was obsessed with Star Trek growing up. No, the original series was never my favorite. I always liked the Next Generation, that is the one I grew up with. Yes, I built spacecraft, including a shuttle from the Enterprise in my basement. Even his relationship to other kids was fairly similar. At t ...more
Apr 15, 2012 Net rated it really liked it
Marley Sandelski, a 7th grader, is a geek. Well, that's how his schoolmates view him. He'd be your average invisible middle schooler, if it weren't for one thing: he's a bully magnet.

I enjoyed Marley's personality very much. While sometimes I cringed at his social ineptness (view 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
Apr 24, 2011 Becky rated it liked it
Marley is invisible. At least he feels that way. The only people who seem to notice him are the school bully who expects Marley to do his history homework for him (who is rumored to have killed a kid who challenged him) and the Gorn, a group of Neandertals who punch him daily, for no good reason. Marley just wants to be left alone, so he can go to his AV club and wear his Star Trek shirts in peace. But Coach Martin, who sees how fast Marley runs from his constant pursuers, wants him to join the ...more
Oct 06, 2012 Vincent rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This is the third Lisa Yee book the boys and I have read together. Every once in a while, the boys will retell the scene from Bobby where his little sister asks him what his fish is doing and then break out laughing. Marley, the narrator in Warp Speed is older than Bobby but lives in the same Rancho Rosetta community. Looking on the book flap at Lisa's other books, their interconnectedness makes me think that maybe Lisa is this generation's Beverly Cleary. My youngest is reading Henry Huggins no ...more
Marley is a school outcast. He's bullied, teased and assaulted on a regular basis. His refuges are AV Club, Star Trek, and his parents' classic movie theater. The author nicely weaves his Star Trek passion with the decisions he makes to be a different person (mainly to attract his crush Emily) and become less of a target of the bullies. SPOILER: I thought it was a clever twist that Marley decides not to participate in track even though he has the talent. I thought, oh, here's the theme, find you ...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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