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The Unteachables

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  3,611 ratings  ·  695 reviews
What happens when the worst class of kids in school is paired with the worst teacher?

The Unteachables are a notorious class of misfits, delinquents, and academic train wrecks. Like Aldo, with anger management issues; Parker, who cant read; Kiana, who doesnt even belong in the classor any class; and Elaine (rhymes with pain). The Unteachables have been removed from the
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Published January 8th 2019 by Balzer + Bray
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Bookish Badger Personally, I see several plot differences, but in some ways yes. Something I've noticed about books by Gordon Korman, is that they tend to have a…morePersonally, I see several plot differences, but in some ways yes. Something I've noticed about books by Gordon Korman, is that they tend to have a mischeif making boy as one of the protagonists. In this case, it pretty much stays the same since there are several protagonists. I think another similarity you might see, is how it's a mistake where Kimberly ended up, just like in Ungifted. Now that I'm saying this on here, I actually see your point. Most major plot points do seem similar.(less)
Maureen Keillor I agree with Constance - Each chapter is told from a different character's perspective, so that breaks it down for a read aloud. Hopefully by this…moreI agree with Constance - Each chapter is told from a different character's perspective, so that breaks it down for a read aloud. Hopefully by this time you have! I loved it - typical brilliant Korman. Very few authors can speak from a child's perspective, but he nails it every time!(less)

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Reader, I cried.

But I also laughed.

This book isn't just for kids, who will find it funny but (I hope) also look at it with compassion and understanding. It's also for teachers, teachers who leaped from college bursting with energy and eager to mold young minds only to butt up against a teacher's worst enemy. No, not the students, no matter how difficult.

The administration.

The "public."

The Unteachables isn't just about kids who have been written off for various reasons (you know, like anger
I loved this book so much. It deserves the 5 stars and more.
Amazing story and characters. It's really good.
Blodeuedd Finland
Oh I did not realise this was MG before reading the synopsis. I thought it was YA since they were 13. But hey it works for everyone!

This is THE class. The one everyone avoids and where the school puts the kids they do not know wht to do with, and forgets them.

Mr Kermit just wants to retire. The school really messed him up. A scandal destroyed his life and the school blamed him. And he had nothing do do with it. So now he hates teaching. Ok yes 27 years of not caring is hard to forgive, but I
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Brenda by: Edelweiss
Mr. Kermit (AKA Ribbet) has been burned out from teaching, ever since the cheating scandal incident some 30 years ago. What made the whole episode worse is that it was one of his students who was accused of cheating, and Mr. Kermit knew nothing about it, yet still ended up being blamed for the whole thing. Ever since that day, Mr. Kermit has lost his spark for teaching. Now he just seems to go through his day doing crossword puzzles, drinking monster amounts of coffee and biding his time until ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I wasnt going to finish reading this book today, but I was not able to put it down. What a nice story! I wish my son can read this one, too!!! ...more
Melanie Dulaney
Gordon Korman just keeps on bringing heart-warming and humorous fabulousness to my middle grade readers... and to the adults who read along with them. I enjoyed his more action-filled MasterMinds trilogy as well as the Swindle books with problem-solving Griffin and his friends, but Mr. Korman has really found his element with books like Slacker, Ungifted, Supergifted and now The Unteachables. SPS-8 is a class of difficult students, hard to manage and even harder to teach, but when they get a ...more
Vicki Willis
This one is funny and heartwarming at the same time. It was short and told through many different perspectives. A book that can be enjoyed by a wide variety of readers.
As a retired middle school teacher I have to say that parts of this book were very unrealistic and tiptoed close to the absurd. With that being said, I laughed out loud and I cried while reading this funny and warmhearted story about how we judge others and ourselves and how having someone believe in you can change your destiny. Loved it!
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this YA novel of a group of seven middle school students deemed "Unteachable" by the administration, that are assigned a teacher who, because of a bad rap at the beginning of his teaching career, is too depressed to care about teaching them. However, as time goes by and he does a couple of unusual things that show the students that he really does care about them (which even surprises himself!), and the students do some things that show the teacher that they also care about him, the ...more
Ms. Yingling
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

Mr. Kermit is entering his 30th year of teaching, and he's already put in for early retirement. He started his career full of grand ideals and enthusiasm, but a testing scandal over 25 years ago sucked the life out of him, and he spends his days handing out worksheets and doing the crossword while drinking coffee from a huge cup called "the toilet bowl". In order to push him to quit even earlier, the evil superintendent assigns him to a special class with a handful of
Katy Noyes
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Perfect 'Mr Chips'-like uplifting fare for KS2/3.

A good teacher gone to seed. A class of misfits the system has given up on. While you might guess how the story is generally going to unfold, it was an absolute pleasure listening to the multiple narrators tell their story of a year in the Unteachables.

The protagonist arguably is Kiana, only registering at the school for a few weeks while her mum is away working, and due to her stepmother's preoccupation with a baby, finds herself in a 'special
Phil Jensen
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What does a good school look like? What makes an effective teacher or an effective classroom? Why do some students fail? How can they be helped?

Gordon Korman brings his light, multiple-perspectives comedy to these questions in a way that might help teenagers reflect on their learning environments. I have colleagues who hang up signs saying, "Teachers are people, too!" as helpful reminders to their students. I think Korman did a very cool thing here by making the teacher a central character in
It seems as though fictional educators are either cruel taskmasters or incredible human beings who turn children's lives around. The eighth grade class of unteachables boasts a teacher who begins as a mere time card puncher yet becomes a SUPERSTAR! before novel's end. It's the sort of transformation teen movies are made of. You know the ones where an already good looking outcast simply sheds his or her glasses and dresses up a bit and, what do ya' know he or she was beautiful the whole time! Mr. ...more
Mayar El Mahdy
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 actually.

Middle grade books can mend your heart.

This is my third book by Gordon Korman, who has written about 90 books like this one, How great is that?
This is about a depressed teacher suffering from the aftermath of a scandal, and special not-so-studious class called the unteachables -they're called scs-8 actually but no one calls them that- who, combined together, save each others' lives.

It's not my favorite book by Gordon Korman, but it's still blissful and soft, it made me feel good
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story is the middle school equivalent to the Island of Misfit Toys. Mr. Kermit and his class of misfits are lovable and endearing and hilarious. Each character has a unique reason for being in the "Unteachables" classroom, which makes the book hard to put down. Gordon Korman will always be a favorite of mine because of his characters and his humor and his positive messages throughout each tale he tells.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Middle grade book about a burnt out teacher and a class of misfits. Some of the characters were more developed and more like able than others. As a teacher, there were some very relatable moments. Overall this was a cute little story about redemption and finding the people you need at the right time. 3.5 stars ⭐ ...more
Theresa Grissom
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, 5th, 4th, 3rd
Thanks to Edelweiss plus for an ARC of this book.

Another hit from Gordon Korman! I simply adored this middle grade story. Loved the characters and couldn't put this down. The students at my school will love getting their hands on this one. Can't wait to share it with them.
Alex  Baugh
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: teachers
This is a fun/serious book about teacher burnout and redemption. I always enjoy a Gordon Korman book and this is not different.
Fern Kuntz
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Unteachables is about an 8th grade class. It tells the story from the view of multiple characters. Such as, Kiana Roubini, Mr. Kermit, Parker Elias, Aldo Braff, Mateo Hendrickson, Barnstorm Anderson, Dr. Thaddeus, Jake Terranova, and Mrs. Vargas. There are other important characters to this story, they just don't have their view told. Some of those characters are, Elaine, Ms. Fountain, Rahim, Mrs. Landsman, and Parker's grandmother, Grams.

The story starts with Kiana on the first day of
Shane Harcombe
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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
The Unteachables by Gordon Korman, 288 pages. Balzer + Bray (Harper), 2019. $17.

Language: G (0 swears, 0 f); Mature Content: G; Violence: G (some mild anger management problems)



Kiana, Parker, Elaine, Aldo, Rahim, and Barnstorm they are the 8thgrade Unteachables. And their teacher, Mr. Kermit? If he can make it until June, he will be able to retire from a school and town that gave up on him long ago, through no mistake of his, so he also
Joyce Yattoni
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book takes a very sad 😢 topic, schools and teachers who throw away kids and administrators who throw away teachers they deem unworthy and turns it into a very heartwarming journey. Korman does it again by developing characters that students and teachers have experienced in the classroom. The student behavior at times laugh is laugh out loud funny and at other times scary and heavy hearted. Students will enjoy the antics of the characters especially those readers who ❤ Korman or stories like ...more
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
[I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.]

Fantastic! I loved the characters and the heart of this story. I was inspired by this story of the transformation that can happen when students have teachers and other adults who believe in them. Mr. Kermit, the teacher, changes the most over the story. The core of his character is to be a voice and an advocate for students and that makes a difference for this group of kids especially.
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GREAT book another one of Gordon Kormans amazing books. Touches the heart is HILARIOUS and I 100% recomend it. I read it really fast because I loved it so much and forgot to add it on goodreads aparently.
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a YA book that was recommended to me by a friend at work. I work in a school and this book has many relatable moments throughout my years of working with kids. Excellent read and the ending had me a little teary eyed.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
YESSS this is the best book ever. This happens to be the first book that Ive read by this author, and now Im obsessed. If you love the Mr. Terupt series, you will absolutely LOVE this book. It is fast paced and easy to read, which might help reluctant readers. Speaking of reluctant readers, done of the characters in the book has dyslexia and is extremely underestimated until the teacher starts caring about the class and helps this character to read. When reluctant readers read this book, they ...more
Dana Fontaine
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book will make you laugh, cry, smile and just ooze goodness. I loved this book. It was such a heartwarming story.
Llyr Heller-Humphreys
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Simply wonderful upper middle grade read.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every time I read another Gordon Korman book, Im reminded why I love his stories so much! This one was no exception, with his signature uplifting-even if not in the way youd expect it-ending. A perfect short read to show how school, and the right teacher, can change students lives! ...more
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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

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