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The Unteachables

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  6,324 ratings  ·  1,065 reviews
A hilarious new middle grade novel from beloved and bestselling author Gordon Korman about what happens when the worst class of kids in school is paired with the worst teacher—perfect for fans of Ms. Bixby’s Last Day.

The Unteachables are a notorious class of misfits, delinquents, and academic train wrecks. Like Aldo, with anger management issues; Parker, who can’t read; Ki
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Balzer + Bray
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Jessica
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Maggie
I loved this book so much. It deserves the 5 stars and more.
Amazing story and characters. It's really good.
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Sheila
OH MY, OH MY!

I've been in a very bad condition for the past few days, mostly because of [clears throat] PMS, and this book has been staying at the very end of my Kindle library, and oh my, thank you universe, and silly finger for casually tapping this book!

It's Hari Anak Nasional or National Children's Day in my country here in Indonesia, and I feel like I'm celebrating it with just the right book.

It tells you about a disheartened, messed up teacher with a scandalous past meeting screwed up grou
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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 rea
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Fatma
السن المستهدف: من 11-14 سنة
النوع الأدبي: قصص واقعية

I read many stories that show kid's perspective of his school/class/teachers. But this is my first time to read a story that lets us hear the voice of a teacher who is-from a first glance-you wouldn't see him as a good example. As the story proceeds, That teacher will be given the chance to tell his untold side of the story While his Not-Very-brilliant class will get the same chance.

The story is funny and entertaining. I saw a lot of similar cla
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Jayme
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!
Brenda
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 h ...more
Satomi
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I wasn’t 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!!!
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 bur ...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.
Almira
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
What happens when a "group" of unteachable middle school students are "given" a down in the dumps teacher (the principal would love to find a way to get rid of him)? When an "unenrolled" student joins the class in error, the teacher in the room next door does everything she can to get the 2 classes to interact?

One would expect a "nuclear" explosion in a negative way, but when the "stars" are aligned just right, positive "nuclear" reactions can and do occur.
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Sarah
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
Khansaa
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Comfort book alert! Very heartwarming story about a teacher with “the unteachables”. With strong characters with simple story line, The Unteachables is a light read to brighten up your day ✨
JoScho
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ⭐️
Koby Z. (KZ Reads)
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I'm not doing status updates for this book. Super sorry.
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Cheryl
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
currently listening... finish for BookCrossing challenge Nov. 2020: any audiobook, for the Listening part of the "Let Us Give Thanks by Being Kind and Listening" theme by Edwina.
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Oh how wonderful. So much fun to listen to. Implausible, says the cynic in me, but heartfelt and worth sharing with your burnt-out teacher, your special needs students, and everyone else with any sort of stake in the public school system.

I do admit that if I'd read it in paper I would probably have rated it not quite
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Terris
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rea ...more
Ms. Yingling
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 st
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Fern Kuntz
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 scho
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Glenda
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Unteachables are a notorious class of misfits, delinquents, and academic train wrecks. Like Aldo, with anger management issues; Parker, who can’t read; Kiana, who doesn’t even belong in the class—or any class; and Elaine (rhymes with pain). The Unteachables have been removed from the student body and isolated in room 117.

Their teacher is Mr. Zachary Kermit, the most burned-out teacher in all of Greenwich. He was once a rising star, but his career was shattered by a cheating scandal that stil
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Katy Noyes
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 cl
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From the book jacket: The Unteachables are a notorious class of misfits, delinquents, and academic train wrecks. Their teacher is Mr Zachary Kermit, the most burned-out teacher in all of Greenwich. He was once a rising star, but his career was shattered by a cheating scandal that still haunts him. After years of phoning it in, he is finally one year away from early retirement. The Unteachables never thought they’d find a teacher who had a worse attitude
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Phil Jensen
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 th
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Mayar El Mahdy
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 a
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Joyce Yattoni
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 li ...more
LauraW
I enjoyed this story and read it fairly quickly. The characters are interesting and the situation, while exaggerated, is not that implausible. Good-hearted. And recommended.

The thing is, though, I wish all class sizes were this small. Imagine what teachers could do with similar class sizes. Years ago, I taught GT classes and a special algebra class for 8th graders, in a K-8 school, where this would normally not be available. My classes were between 5 and 10 students for those subjects and they w
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Tlwinky
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Theresa Grissom
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5th, middle-grade, 3rd, 4th
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.
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Alex  Baugh
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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