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Warp Speed

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  575 ratings  ·  105 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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The Styling Librarian
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...more
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
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.
Marley is definitely a shy geeky kid with plenty of troubles. He tries so hard to find his place and is faced with decisions that are definitely a part of being in middle school. If you have a child that is into Star Trek or Star Wars they will definitely be able to appreciate Marley's humor. I really enjoyed the fact that in spite of his various problems he still tries hard every day. Being a kid can be tough but Marley shows that it is doable. Plus the captain's log at the end of each chapter...more
Saleena Davidson
I love the Lisa Yee books...and one of the things I love best is that you don't have to read them in order.....each one stands alone, though they intertwine like through the various events and children's lives. Warp Speed stars Marley who is lightning fast at running, but only because he uses it as his only escape from all the bullying he goes through on a daily basis. The issues tackled are real, but not overwhelming and are solidly aimed at middle school.....and the kids feel like people I kno...more
Kris Odahowski
Lisa Yee the author of many award winning books, creates a rich story line in school story where bullying looms large in the life of Marley Sandelski. Finding your place in High School is hard when you are on the bottom of the social ladder. Yee gives Marley and his low income family their due showing a different view of success not related to wealth attainment but geared to enjoying ones work and building a strong family connections. Star Trek, Star Wars and Bat Man fans will enjoy this book. C...more
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
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...more
Ms. Yingling
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
Kait F.
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
Marjorie Light
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...more
Sep 13, 2012 Beverly rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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...more
David  Despain
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
Kay Mcgriff
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...more
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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
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...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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...more
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
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
May 09, 2011 Megan rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
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 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
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...more
Fun lighthearted book about a nerdy seventh grader, Marley, and his friends, who endures bullying at school by running away at top speed from his attacker. The track coach asks him to be on the team! I liked the characters, fun Star Trek vs. Star Wars geek humor, and the connections to Yee's other books about this school, from Millicent Min Girl Genius to So Totally Emily Ebers. Good one to pair up with How to Survive Middle School.
Meg Allison
This is a story about a quirky middle school kid Marley. What makes him quirky? He loves Star Trek, is a member of the AV club, mother is blind, and his parents own a financially unstable movie art house. You know what happens to quirky middle school kids by now, right? They are bullied. They are misunderstood. They are invisible. Marley has an interesting voice, but I struggled to find plausible some of the things he did and said. He is bullied and the bullies, collectively called The Gorn, are...more
Marley is a geeky 7th grader who loves Star Trek. His main buds are Ramen (nicknamed for the lunch he always eats) who loves Star Wars and Max a Batman fanatic. They are in the AV club at school and lunch together under the 'tragic tree' away from the popular kids and the bullies who torment Marley.

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
I read this book expecting the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid Trekkie" review to fit perfectly, but I found that the book was so much more than that. Yes, it had humor and nerdiness like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but Lisa Yee really teaches the reader more in Warp Speed than just that being nerdy is funny- she shows that being nerdy is normal. Lisa Yee also deals with many other issues throughout the book, but all in a non-preachy way and a way that will reach students.

*Also, I loved the role that Mr. Jiang...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...more
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