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My Life as a Potato

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For anyone who has ever felt like a potato in middle school, this hilarious story about a boy forced to become the dorkiest school mascot ever will have readers cheering!

"A grade A, spudtastic (not to mention FUNNY) debut. Arianne Costner sure knows middle school and middle schoolers!" --Chris Grabenstein, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr.
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by Random House
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C.G. Drews
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This whole book was just a potato-filled delight. I had so much fun reading this! It was adorkable and heartwarming, and had tons of awkward 12-year-old style embarrassing moments. You get to cringe and cheer with Ben as he accidentally gets roped into being the school mascot for 3 weeks. Which also looks like a giant potato. (Also SMELLS bad.) Ben is trying to remake himself at his new school, be less awkward and quiet, so he doesn't want to be known as this mascot potato who everyone laughs ...more
Arianne Costner
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Edit: The book is out in the big wide world as of today! To all who have read or reviewed (or to all who will), THANK YOU! I am so happy to see Bens story being enjoyed by so many!

If you are able, I would love if you could also drop a review over on the amazon page here: https://www.amazon.com/My-Life-Potato...

Thank you everyone!


Hey everyone! Author here. Thanks for being on this page. This book is so close to my heart. I had way too much fun writing it (I basically spent the months I drafted
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Sophie's Reading Corner
"I'm not the salami king. I'm the dork behind the potato mask."


Ben has recently moved to Idaho because of his father's new job and he wants to get rid of his previous school image of the quiet, dorky kid. So he does something that makes him popular to his schoolmates, but that also grants him a punishment from school. He has to be the school mascot for the next few basketball games and that's a problem for Ben because he will lose his cool image and also the school mascot is a spud and our
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Kynzi
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my sister's book! I am eleven. It was a very good book. I like potatoes. It was funny.
Melissa (The Reader & The Chef)
*Huge thanks to Random House & MTMC Tours for the review copy. All thoughts are my own. This review can also be found on The Reader and the Chef!*

I ADORED My Life as a Potato! Its funny and full of potato content as our main spud hero, tries to lead a normal potato-free life (he HATES potatoes and is most probably cursed by them) while navigating a new school that just so happens to have a potato as its school mascot. And now, after an unlucky hot-dog tossing game, he is now tasked to become
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Stefanie
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Life as a Potato is a hilariously a-peeling story! (Couldnt resist a potato pun!) You will laugh out loud reading this story about a Ben, a middle schooler, who thinks potatoes have jinxed his life. After a hot-dog tossing incident in the school cafeteria, Bens punishment is to sub as the basketball team mascot, a Spud! In order to save face with his new friends, Ben keeps his double life as a Potato a secret from them. But when his tater stunts arent well received at the games, Bens middle ...more
Olivia Wildenstein
Funtastic

This was one of the funniest and cutest middle grade books Ive read. Right on par with The Wimpy Kid.

I laughed and grinned and held my breath during Bens adventures as a spud.

I read this out loud to my kids (ages 7 and 10) at bedtime. Suffice to say, this wasnt a good idea, because they were always requesting, one more chapter, Mom. They both LOVED it and took away such different things from the same story.

Arianne, Im going to be buying this book for all the kids I know, and I know A
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Sarah Allen
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I adored this book so much! This book comes out on March 21st and is the PERFECT read for fans of Diary of Whimpy Kid who are ready to level up. The story is about Ben Hardy, an LA kid who was recently transplanted to Idaho and through various shenanigans finds himself secretly sentenced to several weeks as the school mascot, Steve the Spud. Ben is my favorite kind of protagonist--the kind who doesnt wallow, and who looks at the bad and hard things coming his way and jumps in with both ...more
Ms. Yingling
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus



Ben Hardy's family has moved from California to Idaho, and he's having a bit of a hard time adjusting. Luckily, he has made two friends, Ellie and Hunter, so has secured a safe place in the cafeteria. He also has a crush on a cheerleader, Jayla, and she seems to like him as well. When he gets involved in a hot dog throwing incident in the cafeteria that ends up putting the school mascot (a giant potato!) out of commission, the coach gives him an option--act as the
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Leah
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Life as a Potato by Arianne Costner is about Ben Hardy, a seventh-grader who recently moved to Idaho. This is not exactly the best development in his life since he believes that he is cursed by potatoes--a big problem when he is surrounded by them. Even the school mascot, Steve the Spud, is a potato!

After Ben accidentally sprains the mascot's ankle, he is forced to fill in for the last few basketball games of the season. Ben must do anything to keep his friends and classmates in the dark
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Tanya
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished this hilarious debut in two sittings! Based on the cover alone, I knew this would be a fun read. Ben moved from California to a small town in Idaho, and in typical fish-out-of-water fashion, he feels pretty homesick. He misses the ocean and skateboarding parks, and is pretty unsure about his new school's obsession with basketball and potatoes, especially since he's convinced that the potato is his nemesis. After a hot dog bouncing incident in the school cafeteria, he's forced to ...more
Starlessreader
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My potato obsessed self couldnt be happier 😂 rtc
Julie Christensen
I loved this book. This character was so sincere and funny. But I'm a grown up. So I'm going to let my two MG aged kids have their say.

Here is the first:
I think that this was a very funny book, with lots of good, suspenseful moments. One of my favorite types of books is one with lots of comedic moments, like this one. I have a lot of favorite types of books, but another one is books with lots of suspenseful moments like My Life as a Potato. This was an extremely hard book to put down and was
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Scott
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Life As A Potato is a hilarious and accurate look at middle school kids, their attempts to fit in, the quest to avoid embarrassment above all else, their crushes, and the way they complicate their own lives with their choices without thinking things through.

More than anything, it's just plain fun, as you'd expect from a book about a kid who dresses as a potato.
Lizzie McClellan
Obsessed with this book! My husband and I laughed through the whole thing. The character development is amazing, capturing the mindset of a typical middle school student - total throwback for me. As a 5th grade teacher, I'm familiar with middle grade books. This is a good one. Read it with your children, read it with your students, or even just read it by yourself! You will love it!
Octothorpe Reader Leora K
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Today I am excited to participate in the creative tour for #MyLifeAsAPotato by @authorariannecostner hosted by @mtmctours! This is a hilarious Middle Grade story about a boy forced to become the dorkiest school mascot ever! This book is perfect for anyone who has ever felt as a POTATO. 🥔 Out March 24, 2020 from @randomhousekids!
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My thoughts on this insanely cute read and favorite things about the book is now up on my channel 📺 (Link in bio). You can also stand a chance to win a Hardcover copy -
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Barbara
This debut novel was a 3.5 for me. If you're looking for a middle grade novel filled with laugh-out-loud moments plus a great message about being true to yourself, look no further. After Ben Hardy's family relocates to South Fork, Idaho, for Los Angeles, he figures the move might offer him a chance to reinvent himself. He makes a couple of friends, but then, while showing off in the school cafeteria to impress some of the jocks, he lands in trouble. To avoid a suspension, Ben agrees to ...more
Melissa (The Reader & The Chef)
I ADORED My Life as a Potato! Its funny and full of potato content as our main spud hero, tries to lead a normal potato-free life (he HATES potatoes and is most probably cursed by them) while navigating a new school that just so happens to have a potato as its school mascot. And now, after an unlucky hot-dog tossing game, he is now tasked to become his worst nightmare. *Cue the potatoes*

I had the time of my life reading about Ben and his antagonism towards potatoes! This reminds me of my sister
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Laura
What do you do when you are forced to become a mascot for your new school?

In Ben's case, he hides that he is the Spud, the mascot for the school he is attending in Idaho.

Like all stories where kids hid things from their friends and parents, you know the truth will come out. You know it is unsustainable. And you know that the longer they keep said secret the worse it could be in the end.

The author, in this case, nails it.

Writing middle-grade fiction is an art. To get the voice right is to capture
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Naomi (3starsandup)
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
"Earlier in the halls before class, Jayla walked up to me and asked for my phone number. Five minutes later she texted me a smiley emoji and a peace sign. I can't believe things are getting to serious."

SYNOPSIS | Ben Hardy has just moved to a new school in Idaho where the school mascot is Steve the Spud. Ben throws a hotdog in the cafeteria which causes the mascot to sprain his ankle and the principle thinks it is a fitting punishment for Ben to take over the mascots responsibilities for the
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Briana
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
MY LIFE AS A POTATO is perfect for reluctant readers and any kid who has wanted to break out of the "role" middle school prescribed them. Over the course of the novel, Ben balances who he is and who he wants to be - all while secretly working as his school's basketball mascot. Costner builds a rich and dynamic cast, reflecting the challenges faced by middle schoolers across various social groups. POTATO is a refreshing and heartfelt read that's sure to put a smile on any readers' face.
Kim Johnson
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whats worse than being the new kid in school, but the new kid who is forced to wear the school mascot costumea potato!!!

What an absolute fun MG to read. It had all the ups and downs of middle school with great friendships and an adorable main character. I loved the illustrations in the book, and such a ride to see how Ben was going to pull off hiding from the entire school that he was the mascot. Such a great read, MG lovers will love and I cant wait to buy it in paper form for my 7th grader!
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Hannah
Im a simple woman, I see a good title and I read it. ...more
Octothorpe Reader Leora K
Today I am excited to participate in the creative tour for #MyLifeAsAPotato by Arianne Costner hosted by MTMC Tours! This is a hilarious Middle Grade story about a boy forced to become the dorkiest school mascot ever! This book is perfect for anyone who has ever felt as a POTATO. 🥔 Out March 24, 2020!

My thoughts on this insanely cute read and favorite things about the book is now up on my channel 📺 . You can also stand a chance to win a Hardcover copy - instructions in video 📺.
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Jillian Anderson
All around great book!
Suzanne Park
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My 9 y.o. and I read this book together and we both give it 5 stars. So this is a 10 star rating for both of us combined!
Sarah
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MY LIFE AS A POTATO is a hilarious take on middle-school life that will delight middle-grade readers. Ben is a memorable character that readers can really root for. (No pun intended!) The themes about friendship are timeless, and it's wrapped up in a highly entertaining package.
Julie
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really love when a book I have low expectations for delivers big -- and this title fits that mold! Initially, I was drawn to this book because the main character is a boy, and I am always looking for titles in this "realistic fiction" genre that I know my son will read and that would appeal to a larger audience of boys. I can confidently pass this along to him, as well as a nominating committee I sit on for a regional children's book award.

It was very possible that the story might be
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Colleen
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MY LIFE AS A POTATO is a truly funny yet heartwarming take on middle-grade life. From awkward flirtations and insecurities to full-out cringeworthy mishaps, Costners killer voice and engaging style will capture your heart and make you laugh from start to finish. Kids will love this book! ...more
Kristen Cook
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny and cute! Such a delightful and fun read. :)
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Arianne Costner is a past English teacher who lives in the middle of the desert with two toddlers bent on destroying her house. When she isn't writing, she can be found playing the piano and composing music. She was a Pitchwars mentee in 2017, and a Pitchwars mentor in 2018. Her debut, MY LIFE AS A POTATO, is being published by Random House in Spring 2020, with a second novel to follow in 2021.

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