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The Unteachables

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  2,771 ratings  ·  564 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;
Hardcover, 288 pages
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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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 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  ·  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 ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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
Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
It relies a bit too much on tropes and subverting tropes but I liked it.
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
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
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.
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 ...more
Theresa Grissom
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5th, 4th, middle-grade, 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  ·  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.
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
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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
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
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 like ...more
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dana Fontaine
This book will make you laugh, cry, smile and just ooze goodness. I loved this book. It was such a heartwarming story.
Jessica Ryan
Kids no one wants to teach. Kids who don't want to learn. A teacher waiting for retirement. I was hooked the moment the door opened to the specially contained class, and they were roasting marshmallows over an open fire. I laughed throughout this entire book. It's a gem of middle grade fiction!
Tiffany Reynolds
This story has been done before, in movies and books: unteachable class gets unexpectedly inspired by a teacher. However, this book has interesting twists on that plot, and it never feels predictable. The "unteachables," as they are called by students and staff alike, are a self-contained classroom of seven 8th graders. Their teacher is Zachary Kermit, a once-brilliant teacher who has never recovered from a cheating scandal and is riding out his last year toward early retirement. The ...more
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Omg, I loved this adorable little story. As an educator, I could relate to the teacher and recognized the kids as having been my own students at one time or another.

Being an educator is difficult, especially with all the media bashing of teachers, difficult contract negotiations, and all of the social media and tech devices we have to compete with for our students attention. On top of all of that, educators also have to deal with the baggage students bring into the classroom that definitely
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always liked Gordon Korman's books and this is no exception. Mr. Kermit is one year away from retirement and a satisfactory pension. However the superintendent harbors a lot of anger for Mr. Kermit because of a cheating scandal 27 years in the past that was not the teacher's fault. Because the student who cheated w as in Mr. Kermit's class, it is obvious to the superintendent that payback in the form of firing Mr. Kermit before he qualifies for early retirement is a perfect option. Enter ...more
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
OK-I'll admit it. I liked this one. I didn't think I was going to, but I did. Korman did it again, taking a story about something that can seem very blase and commonplace (a small group of 8th graders and a burnt out teacher) and made something that was almost magical. The kids were sweet, the storyline was nice, and the ending is hopeful and uplifting. Overall, I think this is a good choice for readers who enjoy realistic fiction (with some humor) but who aren't ready or interested in delving ...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.

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