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4.21  ·  Rating details ·  449 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Student activism meets screwball comedy meets the American judicial system as a boy sets out to prove—to the U.S. Supreme Court—that homework is downright unconstitutional.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by HMH
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I loved this book. It was perfect. It felt like it was written specifically for me, or possibly as satire of me.

The premise of Class Action is epic and god-tier. Our adolescent protagonist, Sam, is not a fan of homework. I can relate to this, and you probably can, too. Although he is ordinarily an upstanding public school student, Sam eventually becomes fed up with homework (same) and exercises his first amendment rights by leading an impromptu anti-homework protest, for which he is suspended. H
Julie Suzanne
Even though I disliked the book at the beginning because of the stock characters included, this book had me laughing and crying and hit all the right notes for me. Endearing (although probably totally unrealistic) characters use the legal system to make positive policy change for kids. Frank simplifies the whole experience from complaint to the Supreme Court for a juvenile audience, makes it fun, but doesn't hold back on the terminology and stuff you'd be impressed your kids would know in middle ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Okay, yes, it’s every child’s wish-fulfillment. But I feel fulfilled, damnit!
Alex  Baugh
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Math problems, dioramas, the despised California Missions project, and middle of the night anxiety over a forgotten bibliography leave sixth-grader Sam Warren tired, and with no time to just be a kid, to able able to play with friends Jaesang, Catalina, and Alistair, and to play more jazz piano, his real love. So when his teacher, Mr. Powell, begins handing out review packets for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress test, Sam decides to take a stand and refuses to do any ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: t2
the book was about how they were trying to get rid of all homework
Jan 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This book both made me laugh out loud and cry. Which is pretty impressive.
Vicki (The Wolf's Den)
A fun and thought provoking story. I personally don't remember much about my homework in school. I remember having it, but quantifying how much I had...I don't think it was as much as these kids have. Considering I had enough time for band and family and tv and books, I either didn't have much or got enough done in class to offset it. Granted, there was never enough time for sleep, and I doubt that will change any time soon.

Read my full review at The Wolf's Den

So I'd definitely recommend this t
Chenming Song
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Nhi ❤ Books
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star, msba, middle-grade
This was really good! I learned a lot about the Supreme Court. I do receive homework. But it's never as bad as what Sam had described in this book. But my homework takes me up to an hour and that's it. Homework is what I do at home if I don't finish it in school. I really recommend this book to middle schoolers ...more
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Completely implausible, but will give readers a decent idea about how class action lawsuits and the justice system work.

ARC provided by publisher.
Kathy Mathey
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
More like a 4.5; various high-interest talking points infused with humor, tenderness, and critical thinking.
Pattie Babbitt
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The dedication pages were the best! How special for his students to see their names in print!
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to @kidlitexchange for providing a copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.

This book really spoke to my heart! As a teacher and a librarian I am a firm believer in school and education, but I always struggled with the amount of homework that the kids in my school received, as well as my own children. I was always a firm believer that kids need down time after a long day at school, just as adults do. As a mom, I might not have been able to come home and lounge, but what I
Sangeetha Narayan
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Class Action Steven. B. Frank. A book that brought out the child in me ...even as the grown up me kept a cautious eye on the story line. Everyone amongst us, at least everyone who has been a child once, will root for the protagonist ..Sam Warren. A child completely exhausted by his homework schedule. A child longing to spend time with his big sister Sadie. A child longing to build a tree house with his dad. A child longing to play piano and just being a child. And one day, he revolts ...he ...more
Lizz Axnick
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I confess when I first started reading this book, I thought it might be stupid. I was pleasantly surprised to find it is anything but stupid. I quite enjoyed it.

The story is about a sixth grader named Sam who stands up against homework. Granted, I have not been in sixth grade since 1995 but if the homework load is even half as much as Sam describes, it is too much homework. I hardly ever had homework (aside from book reports and similar projects) when I was in elementary school and certainly not
MC Bailey
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was sent a copy of Class Action written by Steve B Frank from @kidlitexchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. How much homework is too much? Why does childhood get lost because there is so much homework and no time is leftover for kids to just play or hang out? Both of those questions are what San Warren begins with when one day he stands on his desk and refuses to do homework. Sam, a sixth grader at a highly competitive middle school, is suspended for his refusal to do homework ...more
Ariel Hess
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: This review is solely my opinion. I was provided a copy of this book from @KidLitExchange #partner in exchange for my honest review. Thanks again to @KidLitExchange #partner for access to review a free copy of this book! The comments in this review do not reflect the views of the author or KidLitExchange. The copy used in this review is an uncorrected copy from HMH.

Overall, Class Action is a fantastic story of bravery, commitment, determination, and the power of believing in yourself
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Class Action by Steven D. Frank, 253 pages. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019. $17.

Language: G; Mature Content: PG; Violence: G



Sam realizes with his large homework load he has very little time for anything else in his life. He dearly loves to play the piano, but no time. He tries unsuccessfully to stage a protest in his middle school classroom but gets expelled instead. While serving his time out of school he befriends his neighbor a re
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: realistic-kids
Sam Warren is a sixth grader who is fed up with homework. He has no time left in his day to play piano or build a tree fort with his Dad. Sadie, Sam’s sister who is a senior in high school, has an even greater mountain of homework every's so much that she's up all night drinking pots of strong coffee to get through it all. It's time to take a stand. Fortunately for Sam, his cantankerous neighbor, Mr. Kalman, is a retired attorney. Sam and Sadie convince Mr. Kalman to help him bring a ...more
Alexa Hamilton
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this fantastical version of the world in which middle schooler Sam can sue the school district for too much homework. But wouldn't that be amazing? And wouldn't it be more amazing if he lost and had to go all the way up to the Supreme Court with the help of his sister and friends? Yeah, it would and there is something that is so fun about this premise. Plus, it also proves the point that kids and teens and people work harder when they believe in what they're doing. I really love ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
For those who know me, they can appreciate why I might like this book. I am not a fan of homework. In this story 6th grader Sam Warren is fed up with the amount of homework he and his classmates have to deal with each evening. He feels like it is robbing him of his childhood. When he is suspended for protesting he decides to take his case to court. With the aid of his retired neighbor (who was a lawyer) his case makes its way to the highest court in the land. I believe in their cause so much!! L ...more
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fed up with four hours of homework every night, seventh grader Sam is suspended when he refuses to comply with a teacher's instructions in class. He then enlists the retired civil rights lawyer across the street, his genius and very motivated senior class sister, and a tight group of fictionally smart friends to sue the school district to stop homework all together. Putting aside the ridiculous coincidence of a free lawyer living next door, this is kind of a fun story. I learned a lot about how ...more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love the ‘can do’ ‘true to yourself’ spirit of this book.

Author, Steven B. Frank, see’s kids for more than stereotypes. He recognizes in them their quirky, earnest, goofy, stubborn, loyal selves. As a result, many young readers will see something of themselves in this David vs. Goliath battle between Sam’s friends and the school board over HW.

Can’t wait to share this book with my middle grade readers. I wonder what injustices it will inspire them to take on? Whatever they money’s
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good book with a compelling storyline. I was interested if this book would be different from the other "get rid of homework" books out there and its unique take is taking the issue of homework to the courts to decide. If readers pay attention, they can learn a lot about the law, both how it functions and past cases relating to children. I'm curious to get my son's take on the book, but I enjoyed it and would recommend it. ...more
John Neal
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm an adult, and I should read this keeping in mind the importance of education, and how things that seemed hard years ago weren't that hard in hindsight. But that being said I, like the protagonist, spent many, many days in grade school doing homework from the moment I got home until I went to bed. So I found this book extremely satisfying. ...more
Deirdre Lohrmann
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OMG this book was so great. Being an adult and a legal studies major, I fell in love with this children's book. It started out as a protest against homework that followed through how the court system works( albeit) smaller time frame but this would be great for teachers and parents to use for their kids when they are taking classes that cover the legal system. ...more
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Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book! I loved the humor and the creative ways the author exposed readers to legal terms and significant court cases. Great for fans of Richard Peck, Gary Schmidt, Andrew Clements, and Gordon Korman.
Debbie Tanner
Sam is a regular kid who is feeling overwhelmed with all his homework, so he decides to take a stand, literally. Through a lot of persistence, Sam and his friends end up in front of the Supreme Court. Very fun story to read with some interesting social commentary.
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read. I was enthralled by the end goal in this novel (alas, a world without homework!) and the entire thing was very well written. I love the parts about the "guided-meditation lady". That always cracked me up. ...more
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