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The Losers Club

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,574 ratings  ·  315 reviews
The beloved New York Times bestselling author of the modern classic Frindle celebrates books and the joy of reading with a new school story to love!

Sixth grader Alec can't put a good book down. So when Principal Vance lays down the law--pay attention in class, or else--Alec takes action. He can't lose all his reading time, so he starts a club. A club he intends to be the o
Hardcover, 231 pages
Published August 29th 2017 by Random House (first published August 1st 2017)
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Ms. Yingling
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Alec is one of those kids who loves to read more than he loves school. It is his solace and refuge, and on the very first day of school, he is sent to the principal's office for reading instead of doing his work in art class. The principal informs him that if he doesn't mend his ways and do better in his classes, she will recommend him for a summer program for study skills. Not wanting to spend six weeks of his summer back in school, Alec does try to pay attention, but th
I want to join the Losers Club. Alec, named by his parents for Alec Guinness loves to read. He starts a club at school so he can read for fun. He wants to keep the numbers low so he names it the losers club. Nina is also a co-founding member and she is new to school.

I love hearing them talk about a book - how good it is. Many I have read and a few I haven't and now I feel like I really need to. I love Alec. I love how he works through his problems. He is a pretty even headed kid. I found myself
Kate ☀️ Olson
Mandatory middle grade purchase and read aloud, this story speaks directly to the heart of every bookworm on earth!

Thanks to Random House Kids for providing me with a advance review copy of this title - all opinions are my own.

I honestly feel like Clements wrote this book for and about ME - the child kept in from recess for reading during class, the child who avoided all humans so she could read, the adult who needs quiet reading time every single day, the adult who avoids all humans so she c
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Alec’s got a problem. His parents started new jobs, which means he has to stay at school until 6pm, and there aren’t any clubs set up for what Alec really wants to do …. Which is to just sit and read. So he starts his own club, calls it The Losers Club (so nobody bothers him) and he just sits. And reads.

That plan to sit alone and read is foiled when new girl Nina joins the club. She also likes to sit and read. Worse yet
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was such a great book for anyone who loves to read! Alec enjoys reading so much, that his principal has to ban him from reading. His solution: create a reading club where he can spend hours after school reading. What starts out as a small club of two members soon grows to be the biggest club of the after school program. Along the way, Alec makes some good friends and learns some lasting lessons about life. Quick but fun read.
Michele Knott
An absolute love letter to reading and getting lost within a book and what a book can do for a reader.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This one was so cute!

"We lose ourselves in books for hours and hours- books about all kinds of people and different places. Then we come back and bring things with us."
Ericka Clouther
Great book for kids about having a love for reading and practicing your values even when it’s hard. There are many other great children’s books mentioned inside this book, and my third grader is already talking about reading them.
Danielle Norris
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this ARC at the Texas Librarian conference. Andrew Clements is one of my favorite authors and it was a joy to get to hear him speak and meet him briefly. I should start by saying I have never read a book by Clements that I have not liked.... some I like better than others, but I like them all. This one, which is newly released, ranks in the top five!

Way back when, Frindle, Clements first chapter book was a Bluebonnet nominee, I loved it so much I bought one for every teacher at the s
Bonnie Brien
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
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Great book for kids, especially for kids who'd rather read than pay attention in class. However, as an adult, there were too many holes in the plot and the rainbow at the end was a bit too shiny. For one thing, why can't Alec do recreational reading during after school daycare? Has anyone ever heard of this being forbidden? And the club scenario--are there really kids who want to do origami for three hours after school every day? It seemed strange that the kids had to commit to a club, sports or ...more
I am in love with Andrew Clements. He has done it again. Given us a book that feels like it was pulled straight out of a grade school classroom with such a true and honest kid voice.

And no I wasn't crying at the end. It was just dry in my car and my eyes were trying to adjust.
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Satisfying middle-grade book about books and reading. My eight-year-old calls it one of his favorites. Quite nice as a school story with great, believable characters, real warmth, and a sense of humor.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A story about the love of reading and books, what is not to LOVE!!! A must read for the elementary classroom. So many wonderful lessons. I want a Losers Club at my school...
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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super fun book about kids who love to read!
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Oh, this book!!! I wish every middle grade student / teacher / parent would read this book!!! I sat down to start it this morning and didn’t stop until I reached the very end. I can’t wait for my daughter to get just a tad bit older so I can share this gem with her.

The main character, Alec, loves to read and get totally lost in a good story. The problem is he reads all day long, even during class and it’s starting to interfere with his school
Sixth grader Alec Spencer has a problem--and it's one with which many of us bibliophiles can relate. He simply can't stop reading. There's nothing he loves more than a good book, and he delights in rereading some of his favorites multiple times. But the trouble is that he'd rather his beloved books instead of listening or participating in class, something that has gotten him in trouble several times. But this day, on the very first day of class, Principal Vance threatens him with six weeks of su ...more
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
What's a sixth-grade-boy to do if he would rather read than listen in class? His response would be to keep on reading, yet his parents and teacher decide otherwise. Faced with a tough bully who belittles him every day, and a new girl who seems cool, Alec has a lot on his mind. This year he is required to stay for extended day, since his parents jobs responsibilities have change. Checking out the available clubs for extended day, he decides none of them work for him. Instead he asks if he can sta ...more
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
Andrew Clements is the master of school stories. In this one, sixth grader, Alec loves reading and gets in trouble for reading instead of paying attention in class. He also has to start attending an afterschool program where he either has to work on a homework assignment or join a club. None of the clubs appeal to him until he thinks of starting his own club where he can just read. He calls it the Loser's Club so no one else will want to join. Life gets in the way, however, and he learns that re ...more
Angela Johnson
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
This one is right about 4.5 stars for me. Sometimes it’s hard not to compare books to other books and having just read the Mr. Lemoncello series this wasn’t as exciting BUT I did thoroughly enjoy the writing style and the subject. I feel like it showed this age in a very mature light - perhaps not realistic but perhaps a good example for the middle grade reader!
Another fantastic and fresh school story from Andrew Clements!
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars.
Inquiring minds want to know: is it really possible for a perfectly sharpened number two Ticonderoga pencil to puncture a kickball blasted the length of a school gym?
Sheila Beaumont
Sixth-grader Alec Spencer loves to read more than anything else! Under the threat of having to attend a summer class on study skills, he realizes he has to give up reading for fun during his classes. Then his parents both go back to working in an office (instead of at home), so he and his younger brother, Luke, have to attend an after-school program until their parents come to pick them up.

Unfortunately, Alec can't just sit and read during the after-school session; he has to participate in sport
Jett Love
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
me and Alex have something in common. we both love to read!
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
What an enjoyable read The Loser's Club was. I am not sure that this would have ever been a book I would have picked up on my own or that one of my girls wold have and knowing that makes me a bit sad because we would have missed out on something fabulous. So, thank you Random House for scooting this across my desk and into my world.

The Loser's club is one of those books that have a quiet sense of easiness about them. It is a book that you just sit back and enjoy for the sake of the story. It's
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a truly delightful book about, well, books. And the kids who love them.

Alec wants to read. He literally wants to read more than anything else. So when he finds himself stuck in an after school program, he starts a club for kids who just want to sit and read. They don't want to discuss the books. They don't want to write papers. They don't want to make presentations. Really. They JUST WANT TO BE LEFT ALONE SO THEY CAN READ. And to make sure no one beyond the mandatory minimum required by
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Adored this book; it's like a love letter to many great reads for chldren (and adults). The way Clements describes reading and books... I was able to relate to it in so many ways. I really think he was aiming for a bit of satire in describing the lengths a school might take to discourage reading for pleasure. I can't imagine a principal sending a registered letter to parents and requiring six weeks of summer school for someone who doesn't really need it.

I really liked that the students are not a
Meaningful Madness
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Kid Lit Exchange network for this review copy of The Losers Club. All opinions are my own.

The Losers Club is Andrew Clements latest book targeted at upper elementary readers. Clements is known for his large body work for this age group with books such as Frindle and No Talking. (And so many more.) Clements's fans will not be disappointed with this newest addition to his collection.

Alec is a lover of all things books and reading. In fact, his love of reading gets him in hot water with h
Jenna Knepp
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it it was amazing I am totally astonished at how it ended it was awesome.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Once again, I picked up a completely random audiobook. Sure, it’s not something I would ordinarily pick up, but it’s about a bookish sixth grader and I liked the preview of the narration. The Losers Club turned out to be super cute, and it will delight bookish children.

I’m not sure whether kids these days still read a lot of the same classics we did or if that’s a bit inaccurate, but I can say that, for all that I’m like twenty years older than these kids, I grew up reading a lot of the same boo
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
"The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr. Seuss

This book was an ode and love letter to childhood reading. An enjoyable read, it is perfectly short, sweet, and great for middle grade readers and for both kids who already read voraciously and those that can't seem to figure what the big deal is?

The big deal, at least to Alec, is that he just can't stop reading because he gets lost in the story and is comforted by knowing what will
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I was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1949 and lived in Oaklyn and Cherry Hill until the middle of sixth grade. Then we moved to Springfield, Illinois. My parents were avid readers and they gave that love of books and reading to me and to all my brothers and sisters. I didn’t think about being a writer at all back then, but I did love to read. I'm certain there's a link between reading good books an ...more
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