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The Perfect Score

(The Perfect Score #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  1,626 ratings  ·  238 reviews
No one likes or wants to take the statewide assessment tests. Not the students in Mrs. Woods's sixth-grade class, not even their teacher. It's not like the kids don't already have things to worry about. . . .

Under pressure to be the top gymnast her mother expects her to be, RANDI starts to wonder what her destiny truly holds. Football-crazy GAVIN has always struggled with
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Delacorte Press
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Annie K.
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was a great read. I felt like the plot was pretty predictable, but overall the whole thing was a fun read. I liked how the characters changed and learned from their mistakes. Overall, nothing spectacular, but good nonetheless.
Christina Hanson
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Things need to get ugly before they can get better. It's that simple. It's a fact of life." This quote couldn't be more true in Rob Buyea's latest book, The Perfect Score.

Gavin (a football nut), Natalie (a wannabe lawyer), Randi (a top gymnast under a lot of pressure), Scott (a brainiac), and Trevor (a tough guy who hates school) are all about to start sixth grade. When they find out Mr. Mitchell, the awesome teacher they were suppose to have, is being replaced with Mrs. Woods, an old lady who
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a book written from 5 different people's perspective: Randi, under her mom's pressure to be the top gymnast, also a big believer in destiny. Gavin, a football-crazy kid, when it comes to reading, he feel as dumb as hid high school-dropout father. Trevor, acts tough and mean, but hate home more than he hates school. Scott, a kid who's got a big brain and an even bigger heart, especially when it comes to his grandfather, but most of the times his good intentions backfire in spectacular way ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Buyea, Rob The Perfect Score, 355 pgs. Delacourt (Penguin), 2017. $16.99. Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (some disturbing bullying).

It’s finally 6th grade - middle school - and the kids are excited, but old Mrs. Wood is their teacher. Much to their surprise, she knows just what’s right for her students - academically she’s inspiring and she’s got even the hard kids under control. Told from the viewpoint of 5 members of the class: Randi whose mother wants her to b
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
We hear from five different students during their sixth grade year in this new book from Rob Buyea. Gavin is a football nut who has a hard time with reading. Randi is a gymnast who is pressured by her mother. Natalie wants to be a lawyer like her parents. Scott is a goofy kid who only wants to help others. Trevor gets bullied by his older brother and bullies others because of it.

Mrs. Woods is pulled out of retirement to be their teacher and the kids actually love her. She reads aloud to them an
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
God bless Rob Buyea for writing a scathing indictment of standartized testing disguised as an emotional, adorable middle grade novel.

Though group-narrated books are not normally me favorite, Buyea's Because of Mr. Terupt is one of my go-to middle grade novels. And I actually liked this one better.

The kid narrators have definite personalities and voices and are easy to tell apart. Students will definitely find themselves in one of the characters, along with friends and not-so-friendly classmates
Scott Fillner
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All the things we've come to know about Rob's writing (Well developed characters, heartwarming tale, etc...) are found in the pages of this novel.

Besides a wonderful story, with many different gems and words of wisdom, you'll find many #bookdrops. #Bookdrops are where authors mention works by other authors, which ultimately give you pathways to other wonderful pieces of literature.

I highly recommend Rob's book to any student in upper elementary or entering middle school. It will be well worth y
I was given a review copy from RHCB. The Perfect Score is told through the voices of 5 students in 6th grade. While they are all different, they share their universal dislike for the CBA standardized tests coming up.
The book is told in a similar short chapter, switching voices technique from Buyea's previous Mr. Terupt books. I personally yearn for a little more emotional connection with the characters, but I thinks it's a great choice for upper elementary or middle school students. However, I
Lorie Barber
A book that all kids and teens can relate to (and will LOVE) about doing the wrong thing for the right reasons. I absolutely adored every second of this book, written in classic Buyea multi-point-of-view style. The characters are beautifully developed, with their own unique voices shining through. The problems were multi-layered, sometimes subtle, and provide great moral dilemmas about which kids and adults will think deeply. A must-add to any middle grade library.
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book!!!!! I really liked the different perspectives. All the characters had a deeper meaning, and Rob Buyea did an excellent job showing that. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the Mr. Terupt series, although it doesn't connect. It was very well written, and many cliff hangers and deep questions. I really loved this book and I think everyone should read this!!!
It's a new class with new students, but in mere pages you are already invested in this bunch. Rob has written another hit, or should I say...touchdown!
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved! What a meaningful story of friendship, relationships, and lessons. And above all, how testing isn't everything!
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-kids
Evan really enjoyed this book and gave it 4.5 stars. And, he’s already asked for the 2nd book in the series!!
Laura Cannon
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An exceptional book for middle schoolers with it's character development, point of view and small incidents that build the plot. It also deals with the very serious issue of too much testing and pressure of state tests in schools today. So it should also be read by state educational leaders as well as administrators and teachers!!
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
This isnt about the book but i am so proud of myself ive read like 8 books so far that is a record for me yay me
Emma McCaffrey
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I think the theme in this book is that you must work through your problems and you you can over come anything. I think this because the main characters face many problems but are able to overcome them and everything works out.
Raquelle Element
Oh my god. This book was awesome.
Ms. Yingling
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
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Mrs. Woods is brought in at the last minute to be a long term sub in a 6th grade class. She is retired, and doesn't particularly care about the all important state assessments; she would rather read with the students and have them enjoy learning. In chapters told from the points of view of different students in the class, we see how the year progresses, the projects that are completed, the home lives of the speakers and the challenges they face, and then the delivery of t
Alan 김 승 주
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good book, I really liked all the characters, but I liked Scott and Natalie especially cause I can mostly relate to them-because I sometimes do things that cause big trouble. IDK TBH, but Scott and Natalie are the two that are my favorite, but the rest are gr8 as well.


Did I want to read this book when it first came out? Not really. BUT when I finished the MR. TERUPT series, I needed more books by Rob Buyea, so I picked this up and am SO GLAD I DID

It deals with heavy topics such as child abuse (verbally and physically), poverty, standardized tests, dementia, bullying, loneliness, pressure, learning disorders, etc.

I’m gonna talk about the characters in slight depth because they are just so great.

Randi’s a gifted gymnast who’s mom,
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Five students, two teachers, one standardized exam, but alas, no partridge in a pear tree...
As a teacher myself I dig school novels. I like reading about teachers whom I wish to emulate. I just plain like the world of academia. Like his earlier works, Rob Buyea's latest novel offers both. Told from five different students' points of view, The Perfect Score chronicles the lives of these kiddos and the atmosphere at their middle school leading up to the annual standardized testing. Each child is d
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
this is my favorite book of all time
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book through my #BookRelays team on Twitter. I think this is a terrific book for all teachers to read as it takes a critical look at our high stakes testing culture from the point of view of five different students at Lakeview Middle School. The narrative starts at the beginning of sixth grade for these students. They’re dealing with the stress of starting Middle School, along with troubles at home, new teachers, bullying, and new teachers. ...more
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
There are problems all around in Miss Woods' sixth grade. Bullies come in all ages and sizes—Randi's mom Jane bullies her about gymnastics and schoolwork hoping for a future scholarship; Trevor's brother bullies him, so Trevor bullies his classmates. Gavin has trouble reading and is embarrassed of parents who did not graduate high school. Scott has a big heart which always gets him into trouble. Mark's dad is on the school board and Mark feels he has to take care of Trevor. And Natalie, an aspir ...more
Sarah ^~^
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pretty-good
4.75 stars!

This book was so very similar to Because of Mr. Terupt and the rest. Very similar format but very original characters as well. It made my heart ache and made me tear up. I really loved this and I'm debating whether or not to finish the trilogy.

I had a few minor complaints that subtracted the 1/4 of a star off this book. First, I felt that the character named Scott wasn't very realistic. This was more of a personal complaint, as I can't imagine a sixth-grader boy with so much self-este
Shirley Freeman
As an adult who thinks the standardized testing craze is crazy, I loved this middle grade book. Told from the perspective of five new 6th graders, this one had me in tears at the end. At first I thought the characters were too simplistic but as the story unfolds, each character becomes more nuanced. All of the kids face pressure of some sort in their daily lives but all are unexpectedly enjoying their new teachers - especially old, brought-out-of-retirement Mrs. Woods. But as the date for the al ...more
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful middle grade book that follows the 6th grade year of Gavin and his best friend Randi, his nemesis Natalie, Scott the outsider, and two too-big-for-their-britches best friends, Trevor and Mark.

A new teacher, brought back from retirement after an unexpected vacancy, has taken over their 6th grade classroom, and she’s not only old, she’s old-school. Most of the kids are able to adjust and learn to like many of the things she is doing, until she has to consume a lot of their tim
Linda Bargas
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From the author of the Because of Mr. Terupt series. Starting 6th grade in the middle school is hard enough as it is, but then add the pressure of standardized testing and the stress can be too hard to handle. Told in multiple perspectives of five students in Mrs. Wood's classroom: Randi the gymnast, Gavin the football fan, Trevor who hates school, Scott with a big heart, and Natalie the aspiring lawyer. The entire school is worried and anxious about the approaching standardized tests. Mrs. Wood ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
This was a spot on recommendation by my ten year old daughter. She was very sure I’d like the message. And how right she was!

The Perfect Score ticks off a lot of boxes (ethnic and socioeconomic diversity, care of the elderly, bullying, testing, parental pressure, learning disabilities, family dysfunction, etc.). All of which, I must admit, felt a little bit contrived at times. I think that the book's humor will win readers over, despite the relatively overt messages.

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