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The Epic Documentary of a Not-Yet-Epic Kid

(Classroom #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  304 ratings  ·  55 reviews
In 2012, a documentary crew descended upon Westside Middle School to detail the life of an average seventh grader and his classmates.
What they uncovered, though, was far from average. Mostly, it was upper average along with moments of extreme average, highlighted by several minutes of total epicness.
This is the story...

Trevor Jones--perfect attendance award recipient, for
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by Disney Hyperion (first published June 1st 2012)
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Lindsey Leavitt
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book had my laughing out loud more times than I can count. The format is inspired and the characters consistent and fun. Funniest midgrade book I've read in a long time.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Middle Schoolers
Shelves: yal
The first day of Middle School is pivotal for seventh graders. You must have a date by the end of the day for the Fall Dance, everybody knows that. The person you went with would set the precedent for all your future dances, everybody knew that too. Except for Trevor Jones, he just heard it from his best friend Libby. He learned everything socially important from Libby. They’d spent all of their holiday’s together, even President’s Day, for as long as he could remember—they even potty-trained to ...more
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book and that it was funny when Trevor got revenge on Corey for making Libby cry. I liked how it ended with everything coming back together and Trevor and Libby were close friends again. I always wondered why Molly was quiet though, she never talked a lot and she would like going to detention to draw in her notebook, Molly liked trading things but at least she returned them.....after the dance. The fall dance didn't seem like a dance it seemed more like someone told the stude ...more
Mrs. Galway
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Students who are interested in documentaries or news reporting may enjoy the format of this book. Also good for students who enjoyed Diary of a Wimpy Kid or the Middle School series by James Patterson. Best for 5-6 graders.
Stephanie Qian
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book

This series is very much like a film. It is funny and intriguing.I recommend this book mostly to children ages 7-14. It is a story about friendship
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
A fabulously written, relatable middle grade coming of age story, The Classroom is a hysterical read with witty, well grounded characters and a quick, engaging plot line. It's been awhile since I've read a truly fun book, and Robin Mellom's middle grade debut is just that! With a documentary crew descending on Westside Middle School to document the life of an average 7th grade boy as he learns to navigate his way through MS, Robin was able to give a creative writing spin to her book by telling i ...more
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Classroom by Robin Mellom is a laugh-out-loud, relatable, and entertaining story about one awkward middle-schooler who has to rise to the occasion, break out of his average shell, and be epic. With a fun, unique documentary style format, and quirky, endearing characters, The Classroom is a captivating and amusing middle-grade read.

Trevor Jones is an average kid starting middle-school (well as average as a neurotic, constantly worrying 7th grader can be), but nothing prepared him for the bomb
Katie Fitzgerald
School often poses problems for worrywart Trevor Jones, but he’s always had his best friend Libby Gardner to save him from disaster. Therefore, it’s a huge shock when Libby arrives to the bus stop on the first day of middle school and immediately tells Trevor they can’t be “friend friends” anymore because she thinks they need to branch out. It gets even worse when Libby explains that Trevor has until the end of the first day of school to find a date to the Fall Dance - without any of her usual e ...more
Sharon Tyler
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Classroom by Robin Mellom is a novel about starting middle school, and finding your place. It is scheduled for release on June 19 2012. At Westside Middle School a documentary crew is recording the details of the average seventh grader's efforts to find his way, with some not so average moments to keep everyone on their toes. Trevor Jones is a worrier, with a penchant for ending up in embarrassing situations. His best friend Libby is a little neurotic and determined that she and Trevor each ...more
Sarah W
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Trevor Jones is staring middle school and he's been preparing for it for weeks. He's determined to get a good start to the year by following the instructions his best friend Libby emailed him about middle school. He's going to try not to doodle all over everything with his favorite pen. He's going to not hang out with the janitor. Those things are all in the plan, but Trevor's not prepared for Libby to show up for the first day in a skirt or for her to tell him they can't be best friends anymore ...more
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Oh my stars - this book is way too cute. It took me right back to middle school and everything that accompanies it. I loved the fun characters that Robin Mellom has written, since they just make the story.

I love the unique format - there is normal prose, but interspersed among it, there are drawings and doodles from Trevor's notebook, and occasionally there are drawings from others like Molly. Additionally, there are little asides with all the different characters like you would have on a realit
Mesoud A
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is called The Classroom: The Epic Documentary of a Not Yet Epic Kid by Robin Mellom. The genre of the book is realistic fiction and comedy. Trevor Jones is a average new clueless 7th grader. His best friend Libby wants their friendship to be broken up and try to find new people. Trevor is worried he want meet expectations that Libby wants like new friends and a date to the school dance by the end of the day. Trevor had one problem he wanted to ask the girl to the dance but that meant t ...more
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Middle grades often get stuck between children's books and YA, but this book bridges that gap. Witty writing and frequent pictures will make this a popular title with both reluctant and avid readers.

Trevor has studied all summer to prepare for 7th grade, but he knows he can't survive without his best friend and defender Libby's help. When she announces that he has to find new friends and a date for the first dance by the end of the day, he is left on his own to face the bullies and social games
There have been many books of this nature since Diary of a Wimpy Kid came out. Some I have enjoyed, some not so much. I quite enjoyed this one. Maybe since Trevor is a good kid, a bit clueless, but a good kid. When his friend, Libby informs him that he must have a date to the 7th grade dance before the first day of school ends, he has no idea what she has in mind. He is even more confused when she tells him that they can no longer be 'friend' friends (best friends). They have been best friends s ...more
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is set in Westside Middle School where Trevor Jones is trying to survive his first year of middle school. Trevor is an obsessive worrier, and the plot of the story revolves around Trevor attempting to get a date to the Fall Dance. His best friend Libby is trying to protect Trevor, but she tries to be discreet. In doing so, however, she sometimes gets herself into some sticky situations.

This book is certainly character driven. It's set in a normal middle school with normal events, but t
Ms. Yingling
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Since Tyler worried about everything in elementary school obsessively, it's not a surprise that he is stressing about starting 7th grade. Matters are made worse when his friend Libby reinforces his belief that 8th graders are evil and out to get him, and encourages him to ask a girl to the upcoming fall dance. Told in a documentary style, this gives brief "interviews" with a variety of stock middle school character; the hulking 8th grader, the good looking popular boy, the girl obsessed with lip ...more
Sep 22, 2012 rated it liked it
The Classroom was an interesting concept - a documentary of a middle school kid - but, there was something lacking in the documentary style and I think Robin Mellom's book would have been better without that element.

The story follows Trevor, a new middle schooler, as he navigates the ins and outs of his new school without the help of his best friend Libby; who wants them to try to make friends with other people.

Trevor is a very nervous boy with a knack to get himself into awkward situations. Th
Trevor Jones has been friends with Libby since, well, forever. They were potty-trained together, played their first video game together, had each other's backs...that is until middle school beckoned. Libby said they'd always be friends, but they couldn't be friend friends anymore (whatever that meant). Trevor felt a little lost without her. But, Libby still gave him helpful he HAD to have a date for the fall dance by the end of the first day, he HAD to make new friends, and whatever ...more
It was an actual really good book for me.
Jul 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fic
I liked Trevor. The slightly nerdy total worrier is a bit overdone but that's OK. We like underdogs, don't we?

This book is set in seventh grade (which is the first year of middle school in this setting) and his best friend Libby decides they need to expand their friend horizons and hang out with other people. They will no longer be friend friends Oh. And they each have to get a date to the dance on the first day of school.

Molly? I was not quite as fond of Molly. Though you have to feel a little
Nicole Smith
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read an uncorrected advance proof of this book and just for the pictures sake wish I had read the final version.

It was such a fun, cute read. The writing was very well done. There were all sorts of clever things - the approach of writing about starting Middle School from the kids perspective and having a documentary being made of them with excerpts of what they said to the filmers "off camera" was genius.

Here was one of my favorite lines from the book: "...he looked over at [her] and noticed
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Classroom is such a fun story that I really enjoyed reading. I have many students in the middle school as well as elementary schools that would love to have this in own library. It’s a fun coming of age story that’s easy to follow and believe giving the main character Trevor a realistic story line that any reader is sure to enjoy. The cover is great and will grab a student’s attention. The story is fun and lighthearted and will definitely be a great read that will hold the students in wantin ...more
Cathe Olson
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Trevor (socially clueless) and Libby (slightly neurotic) are starting middle-school and are trying to do what they think it takes to fit in. This book is written as a documentary -- interspersed with interviews, pages from notebooks, pamphlets, posters, and other media making it different and fun. Mellom's characters are both sweet and over-the-top funny. The short chapters will appeal to reluctant readers. This is a great choice for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Strange Case of Origami Y ...more
Aug 20, 2014 rated it liked it
It was an okay read. A lot of humorous parts, but 2/3 of the book focuses on the first day of Trevor's middle school life. I appreciate knowing what happened on the first day, but I would have enjoyed seeing more of the two weeks mentioned in the entire book. For some reason, there was a dance in two weeks from the start of middle school, and this book only goes over the first day, the third (for a very brief moment), and then the day before and the day of the dance. Lots of time skips.

Jumping on the Wimpy Kid and Origami Yoda bandwagons, this book will probably appeal to fans of those series but did very little for me. The documentary premise doesn't really work and is somewhat confusing, the characters are caricatures and the plot is pretty stupid. Not my cup of tea at all, but Robbie enjoyed it. Just found out that this is the first in a series - why doesn't that surprise me.
Dinesh Etukuru
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really think this book is good. I love this book this book have every thing you need like comedy, action, sad, happy all the feeling are put together in this book. It is also good with details. The classroom is a perfect book for middle schools and elementary students showing how you could survive in middle school. It also shows the value of friendship. It an amazing book to read. I really like the book. You should try it if you didn't read the book. I recommend to every body.
Oct 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 544
The classroom is set at a middle school setting with all the drama, humor, and the extra stuff kids go through during there middle school life. How Robin Mellom wrote this book by using the lens of a documentary film is great. It puts a spin on a book instead of the every so popular boring chapter books. The writing, graphics, and commentary is a good way to engage a reader.

Published: 2012
Genre: Chapter book, humor,
Peter DeHaan
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: junior-fiction
Though I'm a big fan of Robin's YA book Ditched, I wasn't going to read her series of junior books. But I couldn't resist.

With her easy-going, humorous style, Robin brought me back to the pain of Middle School, but this time I was able to laugh and laugh.

The Classroom is smartly written with deep a understanding of the preteen psyche. Read it today and then check out the next two in the series.
Michael Perez
Aug 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
Despite having the "notebook style" that other popular boy books tend to have, I feel like this book is just too frenetic, unrealistic, and silly. I don't see this catching on, especially when there's so many other books that do the same thing but are more relatable. You could easily skip this.
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Robin Mellom is the author of THE PAGES BETWEEN US (middle grade book co-written with Lindsey Leavitt), THE CLASSROOM, a middle grade series (Disney-Hyperion) and a new picture book series, HANNAH SPARKLES, (both from HarperCollins). Coming in 2017...a new middle grade novel from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, CONFESSIONS FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S KID.

Robin has taught grades 5 through 8 and has a master's

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Classroom (4 books)
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