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Warp Speed

(Millicent Min / Stanford Wong / Emily Ebers #3.5)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  873 ratings  ·  141 reviews

Lisa Yee returns to her core strength in older middle-grade fiction and the characters that made her famous in this "Diary of a Wimpy Trekkie."

Entering 7th grade is no big deal for Marley Sandelski: Same old boring classes, same old boring life. The only thing he has to look forward to is the upcoming Star Trek convention. But when he inadvertently draws the attention of

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was very good.
Parker. S
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot it made me want to read instead of hate reading
I liked the characters the plot and the problems.
Anna Smithberger
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
I had to skim to finish this, and honestly would have stopped after about 20 pages if I weren't reading it for class. Part of the problem is that a lot of this rang false to my experience of both middle and high school, but I know I was lucky to be somewhere that bullying wasn't terrible. But also, liking nerdy/geeky things does not make you this big a loser, especially in the wake of so many blockbuster films. Batman isn't on the fringe. Star Trek isn't as fringe as it used to be. I may not be ...more
Ms. Yingling
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Marley is a bit geeky-- he's member of the school Audio Visual group (which is, oddly, allowed to move televisions around, even though all of my televisions are labeled "Students have been killed by falling equipment".), loves the orginal Star Trek, and not only hands over his homework regularly to Digger, but is frequently hit by "the Gorns" who bully him mercilessly. Marley has a good group of friends, including Ramen (even though he loves Star Wars), and Max (even though she is a she and love ...more
Amy Rae
Dec 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Loved all the Star Trek stuff, and I thought that Marley's gigantic crush on Emily Ebers was really well-played. It felt realistic to me, even if Emily came off as way too good to be true at times.

That said, I found the wrap-up of the bullying stuff kind of forced. The eleventh-hour appearance of (view spoiler) seemed artificial and overly convenient. (view spoiler)
The Styling Librarian
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Why I love books by Lisa Yee, especially Warp Speed:
1. She introduces distinct characters that pull you in and don't let you stop caring, even with all their flaws.
2. She doesn't forget her subsidiary characters and provides surprises, beautiful nuances, and unpredictable twists and turns through the story.
3. Her plot makes me wish I could be a writer to tie in all the story lines with such brilliance: put together Star Trek, Star Wars, bullying, old theater celebrations, AV teams... and come up
Carrie Cross
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderfully written story of overcoming bullying, learning self-esteem, and so much more. Often humorous and occasionally poignant, this story transcends the typical trials of middle school. Subplots include living with a blind mother (who golfs!) inside a once resplendent but now decrepit move theater, and feeling invisible in a school filled with popular kids. Excellent choice for a reading group; children and adults alike will love this book.
Josh Newhouse
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book, but it made me uncomfortable... Maybe a little too close to home..l hated Principal and teacher characters, saw some real nuance in the bullies, found the ending heartwarming but unfortunately fairytailish, and found the message mixed... But the book was really good, and the Yee-niverse characters are always interesting... I wanted more Millicent:)
I don't think the publisher's blurb, which calls this book, "Diary of a Wimpy Trekkie" is accurate and might push away readers who would otherwise enjoy Warp Speed.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book at least once a year! It is amazing every time.
Ayush N.
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever felt invisible? Well. if you have, this is the book for you. Marley Sandelski, aka our protagonist, feels the same exact way, starting 7th grade at Rancho Rosetta Middle School. He doesn’t have many friends, is bullied often, and is one of the most unpopular kids in school. But that is all about to change, as Marley’s fortune turns. Suddenly, the tables have turned, and now he becomes the most popular kid in school, makes more and new friends, and even turns invincible from invisi ...more
Ms. Christie's 4/5s
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
My book is called Warp Speed i think it is a very good bock Lisa Yee wrote the book I think she or he did a great job of writing the bock. My book is basically about this guy I think they call him Warp Speed and he is invisible No, body can see him accept the people in this AV club, but the only other people that can find him are a butch of bullies. These people also wonder if this person named Marley Bruises can keep up with warp speed to stay invisible entirely. My favorite part is chapter 33. ...more
Tomer Zilberberg
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a great book, its about a kid named Marley that only has one other friend that not in his technology class (which is 4 people) but then a new kid moves in and their name is max, max hangs out with Marley and Ramen (his best friend). Max is also in technology class and one day during lunch they sat near a tree, Max had his shirt tucked in which Marley hated so he decided to say that max looks like a girl when the shirt is tucked in and max overheard and then that ruined
Two BookWorms Blog
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Whether Marley believes it or not, he gets more right than he thinks. He’s warm-hearted, funny (though perhaps this is not his intent), a bit romantic (though once again things don’t work exactly as he plans), and sweet. I know that’s not really how a middle school boy wants to be seen, but reading about him is a pure pleasure.

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Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gr8-sem-2
This book is very relatable to real life. Warp speed is a book about a boy who is bullied and discovers something new about himself. He is the least popular boy in school. She is chased by bullies every day and all that running away makes her discover that she is really fast! The track coach notices his speed and endurance and asks him to try out for the track team.
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
A typical middle school tale in many ways- a nerdy Star Trek fan tries to survive middle school despite his family issues. However, this one is interesting in that the main character's mom is blind and his dad does not leave their home, which happens to be an old time theater that they also run. At least two other of Lisa Yee's characters make appearances in this book.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So far, I've loved all of Lisa Yee's books. She so beautifully ties together all the subplots in a clear and refreshing way.
Sujit Thummala
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was great because the main character shows courage throughout the story.
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book for two reasons: I've enjoyed the author's other books and the district gave it to me.

I identify with this group of kids a lot. I'm wondering who in my classes will, too.
Erica Flory
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think this ended up being my favorite of this series.
Sarah W
While I'd lock heads with main character Marley Sandelski in a battle over Star Wars vs. Star Trek, that only added to my enjoyment of this middle grade read. Marley, as a Star Trek fanatic, has a number of items he relies upon. When he needs to think or decompress, he has Spock ears to put on. When he's nervous, he speaks in Klingon. He records brief thoughts about his day in a Captain's Log. They're coded in Trek speak. For example, when he had to attend a Home Sciences class for a few weeks t ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Oct 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

Marley is an expert on Star Trek - TSO (the Original Series), AV equipment, and bullying. He's a seventh grader who recognizes his place in the school social network - Geek with a capital G. He's not alone. Ramen, Troy, and Patrick are also fellow geeks and members of the AV Club. There's also a new member named Max who turns out to be quite a surprise.

Now that the AV Club has been awarded the status of an actual class at Rancho Ros
Emma Wentworth
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 356-books-8-15
This book is so fun, I have never read a book about a character in middle school, but I think it captures the emotions and middle school behavior very well. I think that anyone middle school age would be able to connect to this book and the characters, it is all about trying to find yourself and who your friends are. I would recommend this book to anyone 6th grade to 9th grade, anyone over the age of fourteen might find this book too juvenile.

I would use this book for an English class to teach
Mar 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Warp Speed would seem to be a slam dunk for me as a personal favorite. It's about Star Trek, one of my faves, and has a lot of Sci Fi references. It has a sub plot about an old theater that shows old movies, and I love old movies. It also has track and basketball in it, and I love sports. But Warp Speed is a lot more, and my reactions to it are also more nuanced.

Warp Speed by Lisa Yee is the fourth book about a group of students from Rancho Rossetta. The other three are Millicent Min Girl Genius
Aug 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
In my opinion, there are few (slightly older) middle-grade authors that capture a kids's voice as pitch-perfectly as South Pasadena-based Lisa Yee. They sound like a 6th or 7th grader realistically talking but are still well-written. They deal with real middle school issues (popularity, bullies, having crushes) and real world issues (job security, handicaps). And most importantly, to me at least, her books are hilarious. They have a huge amount of kid appeal but aren't SO kid-friendly that no ad ...more
Marjorie Light
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
WARP SPEED by Lisa Yee

I fell in love with Lisa Yee’s writing when I read MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS years ago. Since then, I’ve shared her novels with my students and they love them, too. Fortunately for us, she has graced her readers with a steady supply of great material over the years. Her latest, WARP SPEED, continues the laughter by focusing on one of the characters introduced in MILLICENT, Marley Sandelski.

Marley is the quintessential middle-school geek: a member of the AV Club, a Star Tre
Amy Holiday
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Who doesn't love a story where the nerds win? Super fun, wacky romp. Marley is absolutely lovable, not sure what all the bullies saw in him anyway. Loved his friend, the girl with the boy name (dang, it's been awhile, but I forget...Alex??? Don't think that's it.) Haven't read the Emily Ebers version of Millicent Min's book yet, but she seems so Mary Sue I think I'm going to queue that next so I can get a better look at her flaws ;-) Liked that Stanford and Stretch made cameos too. Recommended!
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Warp Speed was my first Lisa Lee novel. It was recommended to me at a Best Books conference this year, and I'm glad I picked it up. Lee has created a rather extensive world revolving around the Rancho Rosetta Middle School, and her characters (both the children and the adults) weave in and out of a series of YA novels. Neat concept and both school and the town surrounding it seem fully realized. Lots of features and quirky details are included that one can tell might easily be major settings or ...more
Warp Speed is an interesting book. The main character is Marley Sandelski, a 7th grader who feels invisible--except when he's targeted by bullies. Marley belongs to the AV Club and is a rabid Star Trek fan. Outwardly he fits the stereotypical profile of a "nerd."

Marley lives with his parents above the Rialto Theater, which they own and operate. The Rialto shows old movies on the old reel-to-reel projectors, including occasional silent movies for which Marley's mother plays the live music. Marle
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever felt invisible? Enter Marley's world. He seems to be transparent to everyone but bullies. To them, he has a target on his back. His only refuge is the AV club, which you can hardly even consider a refuge. His few friends are super-nerds of the AV club, and even they have started to distance from them. Everything is going wrong - that is, until an unfortunate (at the time) event arises and Marley showcases his hidden talent. The world suddenly flips. Now, all popular kids invite him ...more
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Lisa Yee was born and raised near Los Angeles. As a kid, she loved reading, opening brand new boxes of cereal (to get the prize), and riding the teacups at Disneyland.

Lisa attended Brightwood Elementary School in Monterey Park, California where she once won an award for best decorated cake. However, Lisa cut the ribbon in half because her friend Linda had also worked on the cake, and they had agre

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