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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,067 ratings  ·  399 reviews
Cameron Boxer is very happy to spend his life avoiding homework, hanging out with his friends, and gaming for hours in his basement. It's not too hard for him to get away with it . . . until he gets so caught up in one game that he almost lets his house burn down around him.


It's time for some serious damage control--so Cameron and his friends invent a fake school clu
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Scholastic Press
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Kyle Bonesteel It takes place in a city and school and his house it is a really good book though one of my personal favorites
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Ms. Yingling
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Cameron lives to play video games, but when he is so concentrated on one that he doesn't take a casserole out of the oven and the local firemen respond and ax through the front door, his parents are NOT pleased. His parents are concerned because he does nothing else, and while they don't take his video console out into the backyard and set fire to it (like I would!), they demand that he participate in other activities at school to get him out of the basement. Wit
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted at Log Cabin Library

Cameron Boxer isn't a hard worker unless you count working hard at not doing his homework. He would much rather spend his time playing video games with his friends and training for the East Coast gaming championships is his top priority. Yet, all this gaming is distracting him from everything else going on around him and it ends up having huge consequences when he practically burns the house down. Cameron's parents then lay down the law and tell him he needs
Penny Wood
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome! Hilarious, touching, and had a great message. I loved all the characters!! <3 <3
This book is so amazing!!!
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my second book by Gordon Korman and I am becoming a bit fan of his books! This was a quick, funny read that any middle school student would enjoy! I wish I had read this earlier in the year so I could recommend it to my students, but I will be sure to tell my class next year about it!
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
When Cameron Boxer's parents force him to get off the couch and do something, he has the perfect plan: create a fake club with a real website.

The club has the most open-ended name ever (the Positive Action Group, what is that even supposed to mean?) and it pledges to "act positively to help our school community." There isn't even a working "contact us" link, because, well, in the off chance that somebody finds the website and actually wants to help.

As it turns out, another student bent on saving
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a cute little read about a slacker who learns that doing something isn't really that bad. I think the "playing video games all the time" will resonate with my students, so hopefully they see that there are more important things like our main narrator, Cam.

Unfortunately, I feel like there are a few too many narrators--point of views from Jennifer and the principal seem to just muddy things up a bit and will make it confusing for reluctant readers. This also means no character is particu
Jennifer Mangler
Cute story. You never really get to know the main characters, beyond their archetype (the jock, the troublemaker, etc), and that's a shame. And while the message of the book is fantastic, it all felt a bit too unrealistic. Still, it was an enjoyable read.
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cameron Boxer, 13, has worked hard to perfect his lifestyle - exerting as little energy and effort as possible on anything this isn't related to gaming and exerting maximum energy and effort on gaming for hours on end, all in service of his goal - winning the Rule the World tournament and defeating his nemesis the Evil McKillpeople.

Only when dinner starts to burn and the house fills with smoke, and Cameron is so wrapped up in the online game he's playing in the basement with his online friends t
Sam Kuntz
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jaina Rose
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.

Who doesn't love a good Gordon Korman? I know I certainly do! This was a great read to kick off the summer with, because it's just so fun.

Now, the cynical part of me does has to say that Slacker is similar to many of Korman's other books, especially Ungifted and A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag (both of which I like more, partly just because I read them first). It's beginning to feel like Korman is kind of recycling components of hi
What do video gamers, beavers, and ziti have in common?'d have to read Slacker to get the full story, but suffice to say that together they all contribute to the demise of Cameron Boxer who has perfected his slacker lifestyle. Together with his gamer friends, Pavel and Chuck, they intend to defeat their archnemisis, Evil McKillpeople.

But, Cam's carefully crafted plans come to a screeching halt when he forgets to take the baked ziti out of the oven, per his mother's instuctions, and n
Jenny L
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! It's as good as Ungifted, Gordan Korman is such an amazing author! I really enjoyed reading about Cameron, a slacker sell his life, struggle with is new PAG club. He is a video game obsession and video game is his life, but when his parents started to get mad about him not doing well in school and not doing any extra curricular activities and threatened to take his video games away, he and his friends hacked into the school website and created a new lab called the positive acti ...more
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I may have to admit to being a Gordon Korman fan. I have avoided his books, mainly because I am leery of authors who crank out stories like he does. But I caved in a couple of years ago and read “Ungifted” because it was a Colorado Children’s Book Award nominee (I believe it won). And I enjoyed it! So I decided to give this one a try, and I can now officially say that I enjoy his tales! He has a sly sense of humor, and really seems to understand middle-school mentality. The premise is amusing—Ca ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I do not enjoy video games. But I GREATLY enjoyed this book, especially as it got moving during the second half of the book and I stopped being completely irritated by Cam's attitude. Every kind of reader will be able to identify with one of the characters as it switches points of view, but most of all my video-game-loving middle grade readers will eat it up! =)
Nick C
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is very funny, and can describe your average middle school kid in a story. I suggest reading this, as it is very realistic and has characters that you can connect to astoundingly to. I am on page 100, and I would easily give this book a 5/5.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was inspired by many of my students to read this book unbeknownst to them. 😏 This is a great book to use as a read aloud or whole-class novel. It’s relatable and has lots of funny parts. Korman knocks out yet another inspirational hit for readers from all walks of life. Very enjoyable.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cameron Boxer has to make a club so his parents don't take away his only valuable thing in life, his games. He makes a club at school and became the president, he didn't think people would jion but they did.
Vanessa Volpi
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting book! Great message.
Izzy H
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it the book was good. I like realistic fiction because it is like it actually happened. I one part of the book they had made a club and the help and old lady.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actually 4.5 - entertaining audio recording & humorous story about the best laid plans of mice and slackers. Highly recommended.
Kristin Ogburn
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Fun book - listened to in the car with my kids!
The theme of this story is dont be lazy. Because his house almost burned down to his laziness.
Joseph Lemieux
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't particularly like this book but it was kind of funny when all his lies caught up with him.
Aaron Thomas
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
great book and very funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
My daughter and I heard the audiobook and we loved it. Cam Boxer is a middle schooler with such a love for video games that he almost got his house burned down. After having got an ultimatum from his parents, he sets out to setup the Positive Action Group (PAG) as a cover for him. Of course, he is not about to mend his ways overnight. But there is a series of events that leads PAG to become really famous, much to his disappointment. The author with his simple narrative captures the small-town fe ...more
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it
The major theme of the book slacker is to not lie, because in the book cam lied about a club and totally made it up so he could play video games when someone tried to join he had to carry on the club and he was very very mad. so this should show that to lie is not the best thing to do
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
A cute book about a boy who plays video games and avoids any type of work as it messes with his "lifestyle". There is a lot of light humor and a great message about friendship, family, and activism by the young. However, the point of view changes almost constantly. I prefer his Masterminds books.
Liam Lysogorski
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The theme of this story was to come clean on what you are doing and don't feel bad about it.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like slaker because it is about a kid who is abscessed with video games and makes this club for his friend but he ends up getting caught in it.
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Korman wrote his first book, "This Can't be Happening at Macdonald Hall", when he was 12 years old, for a coach who suddenly found himself teaching 7th grade English. He later took that episode and created a book out of it, as well, in "The Sixth Grade Nickname Game", wherein Mr. Huge was based on that 7th grade teacher.

Korman moved to New York City, where he studied film and film writing. While i

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