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Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School

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Junior Library Guild Selection

This is the story of THE LEAGUE OF PICKLE MAKERS.

Ben: who began it all by sneaking in one night and filling homeroom with ball-pit balls.

Frank: who figured out that an official club, say a pickle making club, could receive funding from the PTA.

Oliver: who once convinced half of the class that his real parents had found him and he was going to
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Roaring Brook Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Betsy
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I was in college I took a course in journalism to fulfill an English credit. I had no real desire to report the news in any way, shape, or form so when the time came to write an article for the paper I had to find something that would be in my wheelhouse. Ultimately I decided to write a piece on the history of pranks at my alma mater. It was a fun piece to write and instilled in me not a love of reporting but rather a love of pranking and all it entails. A good prank, a true prank, does no ...more
Heidi
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Kim Baker’s debut, Pickle, is the type of middle grade book that invites the reader in, imparting special secrets and trusting them as part of an inner circle. It is creative, fun, never crosses that line into too cheesy, and yes, a little bit gross. Kids will love this book.

Pickle and the members of the League of Pickle Makers (aka the PTA–Prank and Trickster Association) will bring a little laughter to the lives of all it’s readers (yes, even those over 20–as long as all of their humo
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Carissa
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The first thing you need to realize about pickle making is that it is serious business. Pickling has a long and illustrious history in the food preservation industry. Pssst! Are all of the grown-ups gone? They are? Great. Then we can let you in on a secret. The League of Pickle Makers is really a cover for the newest club at Fountain Point Middle School—the P.T.A. (Pranks and Trick Association). The club was started by me, Ben Ruiz and we only do pranks that are funny or fun and not mean. If you ...more
Barb Middleton
Dec 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
Pranksters at my high school made life exciting by doing stuff like plugging a stick up the ketchup dispenser so when the victim, such as myself, pushed down on the pump, the stick went sailing out like a blow dart spraying the victim with ketchup. First time it happened to me, I had to go home and change pants. When the ketchup dispenser was out for a lunch meal, I had to watch out for the blow dart prankster. When toilet paper draped the ten oak trees that sit in my parents' front yard, I thou ...more
Ms. Yingling
Dec 03, 2012 rated it liked it
After Ben performs the epic prank of filling his school classroom up with the entire contents of a ball pit he gets from a local pizza parlor, he decides that he needs a group to help him pull off more pranks. His best friend, Hector, won't be any use, since his grandmother is the principal of their middle school. He enlists Frank and Oliver, since they seem like likely candidates for trouble, and Bean, since Frank won't join without her. They plan a birthday celebration for a new girl on her fi ...more
Barbara
When sixth grader Ben Diaz fills his classroom with several donated pit balls as a prank, he decides it might be fun to do more of the same. Together, with four other classmates, he organizes the League of Pickle Makers as an extracurricular school club that even qualifies for funding, and under that name, the club's real work is accomplished through the appropriately-named Prank and Trick Association. Because their work must be done anonymously, Ben and the others agree to exclude his best frie ...more
Bethe
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
2nd read December 2014 still a hoot!

February 2014
2014-15 Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee. What a hoot - 4.5 stars! Great beginning will pull in kid readers, especially to keep the secret, I went straight to the website to check it out, I'm sure young readers will as well. Loved the first prank, I kept thinking of the disclaimer: don't try this at home! My students will definitely connect with the Hispanic characters. This book will make a great read aloud with its humor and funny figurative langu
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Gabriel (Gabriels_universe)
Loved all the pranks in this book!
Becky
Aug 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Alright, what to say about this one?
When it started out, I was really "meh." The writing was very elementary. Not only was it not challenging to read, it basically offered itself caught, shot, and served on a platter. And not in a good, "this just flows so nicely" kind of way. More like a, "hey, there's a word longer than two syllables, let's throw it a parade!" kind of way. You're writing for children, give them something to chew on and stop spoon feeding them.
Okay, enough with the food referen
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Anna
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Pickle: The (formerly) anonymous prank club of fountain point middle school / Kim Baker / 2012
Genre: fiction
Format: juvenile literature/ novel
Plot summary: Using a bogus name, the League of Picklemakers, sixth-grader Ben and three recruits start a prank-pulling club and receive funding from their middle school's PTA.

Considerations: mischievous behavior

Review citation: School Library Journal, vol 58
"The club members all have backstories that make them distinct characters; the adults get less atte
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Tina Hoggatt
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Pickle is a delight, This first novel by Kim Baker follows a middle school group of friends as they create a prank club, under cover of a pickle making after-school club. Wise and funny, the story starts with Ben who plays plays a prank on impulse that starts off a series of events that threatens to get away from him and his fellow pranksters. This book is about friendship and family and in its gentle, engaging way models the society we actually live in: multicultural, complex, communal - withou ...more
The Styling Librarian
Pickle - The (Formerly) Anonymous PRANK CLUB of Fountain Point Middle School by Kim Baker, illustrated by Tim Probert - What a hilarious book where pranks get out of hand and just having fun becomes actions that impact numerous people in a negative light.
Rogan
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Colby Sharp
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg-novel, 2012-book
I am predicting this book to be a CYBILS MG finalist.
Cooper Renner
Jul 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Read for review for mamiverse.com
Saiya Patel
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It was really funny and one of my favorite books.
Nicolas Vucinic
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is amazingly funny.
Hajilee
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jason Gottlieb
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read the book Pickle by Kim Baker. It is about a kid named Ben creating his own prank pulling club with his friends Oliver, Bean, Sienna, and Frank. The principal wouldn’t allow a prank-pulling club so they called it a pickle-making club. They pull pranks all around their school but nobody in their school knows who it is. His real best friend is Hector but his grandmother is the mean principal and he can’t keep any secrets. Since they called themselves “The Pickle Makers” they had to make pick ...more
Erin Yun
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was so fun! That’s honestly the first thing that springs to my mind when trying to describe Pickle. The plot of the book stays close to the premise—the focus is on the pranks the kids pull (everything from dressing up in animal costumes to scare people at the zoo to putting dry ice in the locker rooms), which are definitely more creative than anything I would have been able to come up with.

While readers might crack open the book for the prank-loving fun, the interactions between the m
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Kenneth
Feb 24, 2020 is currently reading it
After Ben performs the epic prank of filling his school classroom up with the entire contents of a ball pit he gets from a local pizza parlor, he decides that he needs a group to help him pull off more pranks. His best friend, Hector, won't be any use, since his grandmother is the principal of their middle school. He enlists Frank and Oliver, since they seem like likely candidates for trouble, and Bean, since Frank won't join without her. They plan a birthday celebration for a new girl on her fi ...more
Laura
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it
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Austin Brooks
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Engaging read. I really was able to care about the characters. This book took me by surprise because I expected something very juvenile, what with the pranks and all. I ended up really worrying about Hector and Ben’s friendship (normally don’t care too much about that) as well as what would happen as the pranks get out of hand.

I was disappointed by the end. It ends realistically, but there was so much more the author could have done. The pranks begin to spiral out of control which puts the membe
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Connor Waterman
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When the sixth-grader Ben Diaz throughs a pit ball party in his homeroom he decides that the school needs more of these so-called "pranks" and creates an extracriculum club called the Prank and Tricks Association. There are 5 people in the group(Ben, Frank, Oliver, Bean, and Sienna). They pulled off a couple of pranks but then one of the pranks go sideways and the principle decides after all these pranks to shut down all of the extracriculum clubs but Ben won't stand for that he decides to tell ...more
Mindy Swedarsky
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
As a reader, I like characters with a lot of depth and back story. As a middle school teacher, I picked this book up because I wanted to try a slap-stick genre to see if it would be interesting for some of my students. It might work for them, but I had to abandon this book after 100 pages or so. The characters in the book do not have a lot of depth despite the fact that it takes at least 50 pages to introduce them all. The Pickle club is a cover for a school prank club; but the characters say wh ...more
Amy
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Some interesting threads, but they never tied together to make a cohesive whole. It was like the author tried to do too much--friends growing apart, challenges of middle school, divorced and disinterested parents who live far away, protesting in the name of the first ammendment, to name a few--and ended up not really succeeding in any of the storylines pursued. I also wasn't fond of the fact that the lamest prank and the one that SPOILER ended the club's run were the ones hatched by the girls in ...more
Brendan
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ben can't keep his prankster inside of him. Will this led to trouble at school? He turns that prankster inside him and others to a club called the league of Pickles!!! Why in the world would he pick such a name for his club? Hector, Ben's friend, tries to get his old friend back but with little success. Will Ben come back to be Hector's best friend again? Want to find out more? Read the book if you dare. This is a good book for pranksters.
Stephanie Crowther
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit, own-it
Fun book about some kids who start a top secret prank club at school under the cover of a pickle-making club. Their pranks liven up the school until it goes too far and there are consequences for the whole school. All the students come together to support each other, and everything turns out okay in the end. I think this book would be most enjoyable for middle school students, but it might give them too many ideas ;) I enjoyed reading it though!
Michelle
I had to refrain from reading this at bedtime because it caused me to laugh out loud so often. Pickle does a fairly good job of alternating between serious and silly subject matter. I will admit that some of the interactions between characters were difficult to understand. But overall, this is a fun story. I began reading this aloud to my class at the end of the year and it really appealed to some of my 5th graders.
Brittany
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I selected this book for my Banana Splits Book Club for ages 9-13. My kids really enjoyed this book and thought that all of the pranks were hilarious. Their favorite prank was the zoo prank. I highly recommend this book for any child that loves to laugh. *My favorite part was when Hector accused Ben's mom of using jar salsa at her restaurant. As an adult, that accusation/insult made me laugh more than I care to admit. Ha!
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