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Me and My Big Mouth

(Zack Delacruz #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  240 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Zack Delacruz is unnoticed at his middle school—and that’s just the way he likes it. But a school assembly, a typhoon of spit, and an uncharacteristic moment of bravery are all it takes to change everything. Suddenly Zack is in charge of the class fundraiser. Worse, his partner is the school’s biggest bully! If they don’t sell all the chocolate bars, there will be no dance ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Sterling Children's Books
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Jennifer Gallman
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it

Trusted Author: Jeff Anderson has written several professional books, all of which I personally own, to help teachers teach grammar and writing. I’ve used both Mechanically Inclined and Everyday Editing with my tenth grade classes. There’s no author I trust more than one who has been or currently is a teacher.

Friendship: The book has several characters that you would see any day in any middle school. Certain students who are not “popular” get the raw end of the deal when it comes to a social
Gerard Villegas
Sometimes finding a great wholesome story within the children/middle reading level is hard especially when many authors want to go really dark with the subject matter. So imagine my surprise when I got a chance to read an advanced copy of Zack Delacruz and discovered a great novel with likeable characters and a message about standing up for what you believe in.

Set in a predominantly Hispanic community, Zack is your stereotypical nerdy, fade in the background kind of good kid that doesn't make
Laine Cunningham
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Zack Delacruz #1: Me and My Big Mouth by Jeff Anderson
Sterling Children's, 2015

Well, this was a refreshing change for middle grade fiction. Lots of diverse characters here, and a protagonist with a name that clearly places him away from the standard that is too typical in much of what publishers push on readers. So yay, Zack!

And importantly, this isn't about a boy or others being bullied due to their race or culture. Instead it's about what every kid faces. It's a universal theme that
Jude  The Bobaphile
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Brandy Painter
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Fairly stereotypical middle school book. None of the characters felt real to me. They were all just caricatures. It is a short read for kids whol prefer shorter books.
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jeff's voice fills this wonderful gem. Zack Delacruz is a laugh out loud book that takes me back in time to my middle school years.
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Anderson, Jeff Zack Delacruz, 170 pgs. Sterling Children’s Books, 2015. $9.99. Language: G (0 Swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: G

This book is about a sixth grader named Zack. Zack didn’t have many friends. His only true friend was Marquis. The school had an assembly about bullying, and everybody mocked the person who was in charge of the assembly. Jose was the school bully, and he is often rude to Zack. One day, the class was having fun in the library, and Jose and Zack are dancing
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: classroom-books
I did enjoy this book. You root for Zack throughout and I could definitely appreciate and understand his feelings about wanting to go unnoticed in middle school. The big moment that really stands out for Zack occurs early on when he decides (against his will apparently) to stand up for a girl who is being bullied. It then spirals into him being the leader of a 6th grade fundraiser in order to go to the school dance. The story is an encouraging tale of a boy who really takes charge, leans on his ...more
Stephanie Crowther
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-it
Zack was just trying to be stand up for a student who was being bullied in class, and suddenly he was in charge of helping the whole 6th grade have a chance at attending the 7th and 8th grade dance for the first time in school history. I was bothered by the incessant bullying of students in the book (as I should be—bullying is NOT okay), but I’m glad that most of the students figured out by the end that it’s not uncool to actually be nice or refrain from making fun of someone. This book would ...more
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
I felt like one or two scenes in this story were really thought out and the rest of it was just thrown together to connect those two. This book will be fine for young readers but man, some of the dialogue and cheesy situations made me cringe. I did like the references to San Antonio, though.
Diane Belcher
Problem solving

Me and My Big Mouth is a good attempt at showing kids some of the ways to address bullying in school and in the community .
Ellie Kaleba
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Sep 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Couldn't even finish the book it was so bad. Read about 40 pages, then I quit. The book didn't introduce any of the characters and the plot line was awful. I advise you not to read this book.
Melissa McGuire
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
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Mar 14, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2017-new
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Skinny
Zach Delacruz is one pretty cool kid, although he doesn’t think so. In fact, he would rather melt into the floor vents than make himself known…except he screws up that concept with his big mouth trying to defend a fellow student from being bullied, and somehow winds up nominating himself as the head of the sixth grade fundraiser. See, sixth graders have never been able to attend the dance in the history of Davy Crockett Middle School, and if Zach and El Pollo Loco can get all the
Ms. Yingling
Jan 25, 2015 rated it liked it
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When he and classmate José get a little carried away in the library, breaking into a dance while their librarian, Mrs. Darling, is on the phone (and who doesn't do that?), he finds himself "volun-told" that he will be in charge of handing out the fund raiser chocolate bars and collecting the money from his fellow 6th graders, with the obnoxious José. The 6th graders will only be allowed to go to the school dance if they can sell all of the bars, and Mrs. Darling is
Occurring in a mainly Hispanic community, Zack Delacruz is pretty typical quiet 6th grader who tries to avoid attention at his middle school because anything that stands out makes you an easy target for the bullies, especially Jose. Jose is also known as El Pollo Loco due to his crazy behavior that usually pokes fun at other students.

He’s usually invisible due to other more popular targets, such as overweight and unattractive Janie Bustamante who draws negative attention for how spit sprays from
Darby Karchut
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Funny read and so true to life for many middle school students. Loved the librarian - she rocked every scene!
Debby Vandersande
Sep 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I got this review copy at the ALA national conference, and it came with a piece of chocolate that was wrapped to match the book. I just have to say that this was a smart move! The book stuck out in my mind as one to read.

The story is pretty good, but it’s not quite chocolate. It starts out strong, with some great character introduction. There is Zack, who wants to be unseen by teachers and students. And then, there is Jose, the class clown and bully. Sure, he is funny, but only at the expense of
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought Zack Delacruz: Me and My Big Mouth got off to a bad start, but that may be at least partially because I don't know what the term "advisory" means (Zack was "in advisory" at the beginning of the book) and it struck me as way too pun-heavy. As I continued to read, I thought the story overcame the flaws.

Zack is a bullied boy who has only one good friend. He goes to an assembly on bullying and then, later, stands up for someone else being bullied without thinking it through. This calls
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Being in middle school is tough, but being in middle school as a sixth grader is worse than tough, and Zach Delacruz is trying to stay under the radar as much as he can. Although he's small (so far), he still can't stay hidden, and his nickname is 'shrimp'. The group he would like to avoid include the bully and a couple of "cool" girls, and a few eighth graders. There's also a girl named Janie who receives oh too many remarks about her eating habits and her weight. Thank goodness, there is also ...more
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-books
I received an ARC of this book at the ALA Midwinter Conference. What a wonderful book! I love stories where the little guys stand up to be heard and find out they CAN make a difference!

Zack Delacruz is a middle school student who tries to make himself invisible to the other's much easier to survive that way. However, Zack's moral compass will not allow him to stay silent when another student in his class is bullied by Jose, and he quickly becomes the target of Jose's taunting.
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If I know one thing about middle school it is that it is a tough place. It can be a lot of fun, but at the bottom of it, being between the ages of 11 and 14 are just a rocky time for most people. Jeff Anderson captures that awkward time in Zack’s life perfectly. Zack has done everything in his power to stay under the radar at the school, but when he decides to do the right thing by standing up for a girl who is getting bullied, it pulls him
May 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Lynne
This won't take but a minute to read and, were I rating it for myself, it would have earned two stars. However, I do think young boys would probably find it amusing and humorous. Told through the lens of an unpopular middle schooler, it is likely to find an audience who relates to his low class standing and desire to move up the social scale. Because the reading level is lower than that of the average sixth-grader my hunch is that kids (and boys in particular) a bit younger are more likely to ...more
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
What happens when you are just trying to be invisible and move through the school day without becoming the target of the bullies, and then there is a schools assembly touting the Goodfriend Express and another anti Bullying campaign that you are sure will work no better than the last bully programs.

Then your body involuntarily jumps up to stop a bully from targeting another kid during the assembly. What were you thinking what happened to mister invisible? Then to make things worse you are put in
Depending on your personality, the situation or both, being invisible can be a useful survival technique. Blending in with a crowd, keeping silent whenever possible, and not drawing attention to yourself serve a purpose. There are those who follow this lone wolf path; either by choice or because they are not welcome as a part of the pack...yet.

Maneuvering through the uncertain realities of middle school is tricky. Everything thought to be true is changing. As a sixth grade student you're
Zack Delacruz: Me and my big mouth is a middle grade novel about standing up for what is right, which is really hard to do in 6th grade. Zack tries real hard to blend in and keep to himself. He avoids doing anything that might attract attention from his sixth grade classmates, especially the kids looking for any excuse to laugh at the expense of others. After an anti-bullying rally, he can't help but take the presenters message to heart. Get on the GoodFriend Express, Back up your friends like a ...more
Emily Pfromm
Zack Delacruz is a pretty typical quiet 6th grader who tries to avoid attention at his middle school because anything that stands out makes you an easy target for the bullies, especially Jose. Jose is also known as El Pollo Loco due to his crazy behavior that usually consists of making fun of other students.

This book is a very quick read and I would recomend it to anyone between the ages of 10-14. Not saying that older people or even younger kids cant read it I am just saying that is the age
Alexa Hamilton
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: tween
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