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Stanford Wong is in big trouble--or as he would spell it, "trubble"--in this laugh-out-loud companion to the award-winning MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS and this season's HC, EMILY EBERS.

Stanford Wong is having a bad summer. If he flunks his summer-school English class, he won't pass sixth grade. If that happens, he won't start on the A-team. If *that* happens, his friends w
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 2005)
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Oct 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juv, sports, middle-school
Chapter book - realistic
For 5th-7th grade

Stanford is looking forward to basketball camp, until he flunks English and spends the summer in school, being tutored, and making unexpected friends in this funny story.

If Stanford doesn't pass English, he can't play on the best basketball team in seventh grade. Which is how he finds himself in summer school instead of at basketball camp, and why the obnoxiously smart Millicent Min is his English tutor. Any reluctant reader will empathize with Stanford's
In my ever-long quest in examining Asian American teen fiction, I gave Stanford Wong a try and have to admit, I am a fan. Stanford is a horrible student and basketball star who has to retake English in summer school. This book, written in the form of a diary, tracks Stanford's life that summer where he deals with his parents' tense relationship, his grandmother moving into an old folks' home and his falling in love for the first time with a girl and with books. Cute. I loved Stanford's character ...more
May 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
After I finished Milliecent Min, I got the sequel. I have to be honest, it wasn't quite as entertaining as Milliecent Min's take on things, but it was cool to see the whole story from a different prespective. Standford Wong is your average teenager: Longing to prove himself, sports jock, blows off school in general and his nerdy tutor (Millicent Min) and is constantly pressured to get good grades by his mother and father. A good read! :)
PS. Cute little relationship between Standford and his gran
Maximilian Lee
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
I did not like this book because it was too long and I didn't understand a lot. I also didn't like this book because I don't like basketball that much. I liked this book because it had a happy ending. I liked the part when Stanford got into the A basketball team because it was the best basketball team. I also liked the part summer school because he flunked reading during the school year. Stanford learned that he needed to put more effort because he couldn't go to basketball camp because he had f ...more
Jan 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book is almost as annoying as its cover and title. One look at the kid on the front of this book, and you already know what type of book this is: annoying, sassy, predictable, corny, blasphemous, and upright appalling. So what is this book even about? A boy named Stanford who use to be a nobody at school decides to become a mega-ultra superstar at basketball and become popular. Problem is, he flunks English and has to go to summer school, which you wouldn't think is that big of a deal. But ...more
Jenny C.
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this novel by Lisa Yee. In fact, I enjoyed reading about Stanford more than Min (the companion prequel book). I think it's because Stanford is so accessible. He does enough goof-ups to make him likable, and he feels really real as a young boy.

Of course, there are still deeper issues (like his grandmother's health and his dad's workaholism) that are present, but Stanford reacts like a regular youth. (The only minor drawback is that my husband found his super-mad basketball skills
May 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
A good problem novel for boys. Sports, humor, first "love." some family issues.

There is a bit of an "everything but the kitchen sink" to this, but I still enjoyed it, and think most tween boys would.

Family booklist.
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Great format and writting style. Though this book is geared to elementary basketball playing boys, this book is still a good read for the young female too.
Jennifer M
Jan 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: natasha, iris
This book was AMAZING. It was so kewl how Lisa Yee put alot of information about basketball to make Standford a REAL person. His personality is so real. Lisa Yee, u r amazing.
Jazzmon Cobb
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time by Lisa Yee is a great read for young adults! Stanford Wong, a high school student who loves hanging out with his friends and basketball over studying, encounters a rude wake up call after flunking his English class. He looked forward to spending the summer at basketball camp with his best friends; however, due to his grade in Mr. Glick’s class his parents make him do summer school instead! If that isn’t enough, Stanford has to be tutored by his arch-nemesis and kno ...more
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was very skeptical about this book when my mom forced me to read it, but I was very glad I did. The book was compelling, fun, interesting and an easy read. I think this book is prefect for kids and adults because, like I said before, this book was extremely easy to read and very entertaining. This book is about a 6th grade boy named Stanford Wong who is a star basketball player for his school but also failed his English class that year. This disappointed his academically strict father and late ...more
Erica Flory
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
great book! I can't wait to try to make yin yin's won tons
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it
often disjointed but that kind of made it seem like a more realistic look at the inside of a tween boy's head. lots of poignant and funny parts and sure to engage some reluctant readers.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very insightful; love the way the character grows. This was the second of series I read, and loved the way author tells back story of other characters of first book, Millicent Min. Brilliant!
Yee, L. (2005). Stanford Wong flunks big-time. New York, New York: Arthur A. Levine Books.

Stanford Wong is a sixth grader who didn’t pass his English class. He has to take summer school with Mr. Glick, notoriously the hardest teacher at school, and pass or else he won’t be able to play on the A-Team (the top tier) in basketball in the fall. Stanford’s parents hire Millicent Min, Stanford’s peer, but who is a genius who takes high school level classes. During the summer, Stanford deals with tryin
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Middle School Readers
This book is a clever companion book to Millicent Min, Girl Genius. It covers the same time period as Millicent Min, and sometimes the exact same events, only the story is told from Stanford Wong's perspective.

I was impressed that this book is more than just the same story from a different angle. While I pegged Millicent Min for audiences as young as "upper elementary grades", this book I would put solidly in the middle school grades. Stanford's life is somewhat more complex than Millicent's. N
Carrie Wilson
Stanford Wong is looking forward to going to a highly reputable basketball camp and being the only seventh grader to be on the A-team at school. He feels that his life is over when his English teacher, Mr. Glick, tells him he will fail sixth grade if he doesn’t take English in summer school. As if this isn’t bad enough, Stanford must miss basketball camp to take summer school. He may even be off the basketball team if he doesn’t pass. Plus, his parents are fighting, his work-a-holic father is pe ...more
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Aug 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Very readable. The chapters aren't really chapters, but a sort of a time line. You aren't committed to reading a lot at any one time. It works to your advantage at the beginning when you aren't invested in any of the characters and don't really care way happens. Later, you are so invested that the size of the chapters don't really matter.

Many themes make their way into this book. You have the whole school thing going on. Stanford isn't so much into school, but is a basketball fiend. He risks los
Jennifer Wardrip
May 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Christian C. for

It's the last day of sixth grade, and Stanford Wong can't wait to get out of school and go to Alan Scott's Basketball Camp, the best camp any basketball player could dream of. This is going to be the summer of his life...

...well, that is until he receives his grade for English class: a big fat F.

An F means that basketball camp is over. Stanford needs to go to summer school instead. Not only that, Stanford will be tutored by the annoying genius Milli
Eveline Chao
Feb 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
I loved this! Funny and sweet and warm-hearted and adorable.

I actually started reading this more than a year ago then abandoned it, because it was hard to get into at first. It has a somewhat ADHD style and cuts really abruptly between actions and scenes, which made it hard for me to get drawn in. I think it maybe needs a few slowed-down, longer-running scenes earlier on. Like it needs to take a breather from over-strenuosly throwing plot elements at readers and let us get oriented more slowly.
Apr 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Like Millicent Min, Girl Genius, this book has distinctly Asian-American characters, but they are not stereotypical. For example, an Asian-American boy named Stanford Wong who is the star of his middle school basketball team and catches the attention of many girls? Not to mention the fact that he's flunking? Definitely not a stereotype (or if it were, it would be a much improved one from the usual stereotypes of Asian-American men)! This book doesn't have as many funny moments as Millicent Min, ...more
Kobe Lin
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The book Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time is about a boy Stanford who makes the A-Team in basketball. But he can't play for them because he flunked English. He has to start taking summer school to get his grades up. I enjoyed the book because it sounded like this could happen to any other guy. The author made the story going along with good words and had multiple conflicts in the story. Stanford not passing English really changed the plot from what would have happened if he did pass English. Becaus ...more
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good book! I think many people, especially boys, can relate to what the main character is facing. Stanford Wong is the main character of the book, and his conflict is that he needs to go to summer school, which means that he can't go to basketball camp. Stanford's parents seem to be very strict when it comes to grades, especially his father, he can't accept anything lower than a C in any of his classes. To make matters even worse, Stanford got a F in ELA. Stanford's mother on ...more
Apr 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of "Millicent Min, Girl Genuis"
Shelves: august-09
I was a big fan of Millicent Min Girl Genius when I first read it years back, and I just found out that Lisa Yee wrote not one, but two companions after Millicent. Being a fan, I eagerly awaited reading the companion, telling of the same story, but this time, we got to hear from Stanford's POV.

The book starts off with Stanford finding out he has flunked English, he cannot go to the basketball camp he has awaited for. Instead, he must take a summer-school course. Even then, it gets worse. Stanfo
Nov 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a boy named, Stanford Wong who's about to flunk the 6th grade. One thing about Stanford is that his whole world revolves around basketball. If Stanford doesn't pick up his grades he will be forced the quit the basketball team and risk his father getting even more disappointed in him. Another problem about this is that he has to go to summer school and be tutored by his cousin, Millicent. Another big problem about Stanford is that he can't let his friends know he's going to sum ...more
Feb 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Flunkers
It is difficult for a middle-schooler to be in the edge of failing sixth grade and also keeping up in the A-team for basketball. What Standford Wong does often is play basketball and that's his passion. He was the HERO in the basketball court but he couldn't risk to fail sixth grade and join basketball all summer. However, he needs to be tutored by Millicient Min (the geek) and go to summer school for English. He didn't want his basketball buddies (Digger, Stretch, Gus, and Tico) to know this. H ...more
Louella Wan
Feb 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: jan15, nov-14, mar-15
Stanford Wong just failed his Grade 6 English class. He has to take summer school classes and doesn't want any of his friends to know. He is the only 6th grader on the basketball team and if he doesn't pass he is off the team. Since he does no homework his parents hired him a tutor, Stanford's worst enemy Millicent Min. Stanford meets Millicent Min's friend Emily, he likes her. Stanford tries hard to pass english so he can be on the basketball team and to impress Emily. He ends up passing englis ...more
K.C. Shaw
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
I'm not sure if this book or Millicent Min, Girl Genius came first. I read Millicent Min first and liked it, but I think this book is even stronger. Stanford feels like a real middle school kid and his problems seem real too. Parts of this book had me almost in tears, while in other parts I laughed out loud.

I particularly liked Stanford, who's earnest without being stuffy and worried without being a worrier. He has a lot to worry about in addition to his little problem with flunking English and
This book is about a boy named Stanford Wong who is being punished for flunking ( failing ) his English class. He is on the A-Team for the school's basketball team. His coach really wants him to go to some basketbalkl summer camp over the summer. But, unfortunately he can't attend t it because he is flunking English and now he is has to go to summer school to pass the class. I can connect to this book because in 4th grade I was a little non-famous model. Over the summer we took pictures to put ...more
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