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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  3,221 ratings  ·  587 reviews
It's not like I meant for him to get hurt. . . .

Julian Twerski isn't a bully. He's just made a big mistake. So when he returns to school after a weeklong suspension, his English teacher offers him a deal: if he keeps a journal and writes about the terrible incident that got him and his friends suspended, he can get out of writing a report on Shakespeare. Julian jumps at th
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jennifer Massey It is set in Queens, New York in 1969. The book revolves around the 6th grade boys who attend Public School 23, in Queens.

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Gary Anderson
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
How many times have we witnessed kids picking on one another verbally or physically and, when challenged about it, defending themselves by saying, “It’s a joke,” or “We’re just kidding around”? In Twerp, Mark Goldblatt shows how “just kidding around” can become something much uglier.

Julian Twerski, aka Twerp, makes a deal with his English teacher, Mr. Selkirk: If Julian writes stories about himself and his friends, he can avoid writing a report about Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. So Julian write
Clare Cannon
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Almost everyone 11+

Julian Twerski's honest, self-deprecating and waggish voice finds its way to your heart before he's uttered as much as a sentence. And by the time he's finished unburdening his conscience of the highs, lows and hilarities of his year, he's right up there on your favourites shelf with Spinelli (Stargirl), Palacio (Wonder) and Rebecca Stead (When You Reach Me). This sixth-grader really has a way with words.

We know from the beginning he's writing this journal for his involvement in a bullying i
Julian is a sixth grader who was suspended for something that the reader does not find out until the end of the book. His English teacher tasks him with writing something reflective when he returns from suspension. He begins a journal about himself and the things going on in his sixth-grade life. We know the incident he’s supposed to be writing about involved Danley, but the details are skipped over and practically forgotten for the majority of the book. Most of Julian’s journal reflects on dari ...more
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dared, 2015

A Quintessence of Dust

TWERP is a coming-of-age story set in 1969, Queens, New York. Julian is a good kid mixed up with the wrong company. Most of the time, peer pressure and wanting to belong got the worst of Julian and lands him into trouble. The biggest trouble wasn't revealed until the end of the story. But throughout the book, there are hints for Julian’s week-long suspension. His English teacher assigned him to write a journal involving all of his activities for the semester to get out of r
Nov 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
You know when you're a kid and you get bullied and you spend your youth hating that One Kid who you can safely pin every bad incident in your childhood on?

Well when you grow older, and the anger and hurt fades a bit, another kid comes to mind; a kid who stood right beside the Bully Boss and did everything Bully Boss told them to do, but all the while with this 'I don't want to do this but I have to' expression on their face. This kid right here? This is the worst - absolute worst - person you c
Amara Tanith
A copy of this book was provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Twerp is a book that I never would have read had I not received a Netgalley invitation to download it. But afterwards, I decided to check it out; I enjoy Middle Grade, after all, and it would only take a few hours to read. I can honestly say I don't regret reading it.

Not that I'm going to gush; Twerp wasn't spectacular by any means, and there were certainly a few things that detracted from enjoyment. But it was ultim
Richie Partington
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Richie's Picks: TWERP by Mark Goldblatt, Random House, May 28, 288p., ISBN: 978-0-375-97142-6

1 "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In".......................The Fifth Dimension
2 "Sugar, Sugar".................................................The Archies
3 "Honky Tonk Women".....................................The Rolling Stones
4 "Get Back".......................................................The Beatles
5 "Crimson and Clover".....................................Tommy James and the Shondells
6 "Dizzy".....
I received this book from Netgalley. This is a moving story about a twelve-year-old boy, Julian Twerski, growing up in NYC in the late '60's. It's told in the first person through journal entries. I felt like I was reliving that very difficult age as Julian writes about his daily life in his journals. He hangs around with a group of boys, who have the run of the neighborhood. I grew up in an Irish Catholic neighborhood in Boston but it felt the same. We ran wild through the streets, doing things ...more
Reading is my Escape
Sometimes when you brace yourself for a storm, you get a gentle breeze. The storm only comes when you're braced for nothing whatsoever.
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Knowing that, in a thousand years, nothing you're doing or not doing will matter frees you up to do what your heart tells you to do.
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Julian Twerski (aka Twerp), was involved in some sort of bullying incident and his English teacher has him writing about what happened to help him understand it better. Because, from what we know, Julian is
Jenny Sawyer
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
In this coming-of-age story set in 1960s Queens, 12-year-old Julian isn't a bad kid, but he is a follower. And though sometimes being a follower helps him fit in, it also gets him into trouble. What that trouble is, exactly, we don't find out until the end of this book. But throughout the story, there are hints that Julian's week-long suspension resulted from some harebrained scheme by Lonnie, Julian's best friend, and the leader of their neighborhood's crew of tightly-knit sixth grade boys.

Jan 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
Couldn't get through it. Didn't like tone, or the way that minorities were portrayed.
Alex McGilvery
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Twerp introduces Julian Twerski and one of the most authentic young narrators that I have encountered since Holden Caufield. Julian is assigned the task of keeping a journal after an undescribed ‘incident’. The carrot initially is that he can substitute the journal for reading Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. We are then treated to a insider’s view of the powerful friendship between Julian and Lonnie and the other boys that make up their group.

While Julian is writing this very personal account of hi
Ruchama Feuerman
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
When one of my kids said it was the best book she'd read in ages -- maybe ever-- I grabbed it and read it straight through. (It didn't hurt that the main character shares the same last name as my mother-in-law, may she rest in peace -- Twerski.) It's set in the late 1960s and the language he uses reflects the times.

Julian Twerski and his friends (one who bears the nickname Shlomo Shlomo) did something really bad, and as penance, or instead of having to write a report on Julius Caesar, Julian mus
Murphy F
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Twerp by Mark Goldblatt. This book is about the main character Julian Twerski and some of his friends. They did a really bad thing that got all of them suspended from school. When they get back to school Julians teacher has him write about it. He doesn't want to so he puts it off till the end of the year, so the whole years he's writing stories about other things he did. He writes about his first date, being the fastest kid in his school, and just stories about he and his friends. At the end of ...more
Jennifer Kirkwood (Levac)
I picked this book for my son to review a long time ago (I feel horrible that it has been sitting on my kindle for so long) but at the time my son decided he didn't want to read ebooks. So there the book sat until now. I picked up the book on December 30th in the evening, finishing it on Jan 1st after dinner. I would have finished it in one sitting I am sure if I didn't have other things that had to get done.

The author writes this novel in a journal format of a young sixth grader named Julian.
Set in 1969 Queens, Twerp is the narrative journal of a 6th grade boy, Julian Twerski, who's been tasked with journalling his thoughts about a bullying incident for which he had been suspended, rather than write a paper about Shakespeare. As Julian writes about his friends, his family and his school, he fills up one composition book after another, and the reader gets an authentic feel for this middle schooler and his friends. Although smart and fast, Julian is a follower amongst his friends, and ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
1 Sentence Summary: Julian has to write a journal for a school assignment after he gets suspended.

My thoughts: I thought Julian's character was well developed and he grew as a person over the course of the book. His friendship with Lonnie was really interesting. It was kind of unrealistic how he could write down word for word conversations in his book and remember so many specific details. Overall it was a good read.

Recommend to: Younger readers who like realistic fiction
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book absolutely had a Sandlot vibe! The late 1960’s references weren’t too difficult for today’s middle schoolers and the issues many of the characters faced are still relatable to kids today. It was funny, sweet and overall a fun book to read.
Amanda Hansma
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most cute, realistic, heart warming, and sad book that I have read :)
Alex  Baugh
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: randomly-reading
I kind of dawdled around about reading this book, always putting it on the bottom of the pile, but then one day I realized I just needed to bite the bullet. And I am really glad I did.

After being suspended from school for a week, sixth grader Julian Twerski returns to school in January 1969. His English teacher, Mr. Selkirk, has assigned the class a term paper on Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, not something Julian wants to do. So Mr. Selkirk strikes a deal with him - instead of doing the Julius C
Steven V.
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: april-reads
I thought the book was really good, especially using a character that would normally be written as an antagonist as he protagonist, and writing about how he sees his own life.
Bluerose's  Heart
Twerp is written in the form of short stories(diary entries) by 12 year old Julian Twerski. His teacher, Mr. Selkirk, made a deal that he could get out of some other assignments if he wrote these stories. It's so easy to imagine Mr. Selkirk sitting behind his desk chuckling away at these things, too! The whole book comes into existence because of some bullying event that Julian was involved in, and an attempt to find out just what did happen.

Twerp mainly consists of the mischief and adventures o
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Typing this review makes me simultaneously smile and tear up, as it was a mixture of humorous (the stories shared in the first few journal entries, aside from the pigeon) and sad (the pigeon and "Danley"). I'll spare you the summary, as you have probably already read several of those. I will paraphrase from the inside cover flap that Julian is a kid who isn't bad but just makes dumb decisions. He's growing up. He sometimes lets the moment and his friends and his emotions interfere with making th ...more
Paul Yoon
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
I read this book after seeing it in my school's library, and it was new, and it seemed fine. I liked the beginning of the book, as it chose to open up to an interesting and eventful scene, where the main character has to make a choice to listen to his best friend, or not to. He eventually decides to listen to his friend, and doing so, he throws a small boulder at a flock of birds. The boulder finds its mark, and strikes a pigeon, thus making it unable to fly. The main character is unhappy with h ...more
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on my blog!

Um. WHOA! Reading about a 6th grader should not be this captivating... but seriously, my goodness, I couldn't put this book down!

Twerp is written in the form of a journal, a running narrative of 6th grader Julian Twerski who is forced by his English teacher to write about what happened that day with Danley... Instead, Julian or "Twerp" decides to write an account of his life, his friends, his family, just anything but what happened with Danley. It really should not b
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Mark Goldblatt's Twerp is an engaging coming of age story that is witty and thought-provoking. Although categorized as young adult fiction, this charming novel will resonate with readers of all ages.

Julian Twerski really loathes Shakespeare, so when his sixth grade English teacher Mr. Selkirk offers him to let him keep a journal in lieu of writing a report on Julius Caesar, Julian eagerly agrees. Of course Mr. Selkirk has an ulterior motive: he wants Julian to write about the incident that resu
Julian, an athletic sixth grader, has been given an assignment by his English teacher. If he keeps a journal for a while he can avoid doing some of his classwork, something he is happy to do. But he avoids writing about the incident that got him suspended for a week, although he refers to it now and then. It's clear from early on that he doesn't want to take about it. Much of the book focuses on Julian's trials and tribulations relating to friendship, girls, and learning that he may no longer be ...more
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is written in a journal format. Julian Twerski, or Twerp, is writing it so he can get out of writing a report on Shakespeare. His teacher, Mr. Selkirk, wants him to write about the incident with Danley Dimmel but he avoids it, writing about everything else instead.

The year is 1969, a simpler time before electronics when kids explored outside and did some crazy things (which does still happen today, just not as often, it seems). He chucks rocks at birds with his best friend, Lonnie, ra
Nick Turner
Does this voice speak to middle grade (ages 9-12+) readers? Yes! Ask a grandparent to explain the 1960s cultural references. Not every boy is like first-person narrator Julian Twerski - a smart fool whose ignorant acts lead to trouble and upset - but everybody knows somebody like that.

Readers who often find themselves in trouble can reflect. Civil readers may find these confessions of a troubled boy enlightening, if hard to believe.

The story is set in the past (1969) so they don't have modern
Suzy Wilson
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from Random House, through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Twerp introduces us to Julian Twerski, a young Jewish boy, growing up in the US in 1969. Following his return to school after a week-lomg suspension, Julian's teacher assigns him the onerous task of keeping a journal, rather than writing a term paper on Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Thus begins a 12 year old boy's account of the next six months of his life., wherein we learn of the trials and joys of pre-teen
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