Donna Gephart

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How To Survive Middle School

book | Fiction | Apr 2010
US → Delacorte Press
11-year-old David Greenberg wants to become an Internet celebrity with his Talk Time YouTube videos, but first he has to make it through:

1. Middle school
2. His best friend going girl crazy
5. Crushing on an unusual girl
6. A mom who writes him letters from the beet farm where she now lives
7. A dad who’s a rock star in his own mind
8. His acne-prone sister
9. And his # 1 fan -- Bubbie (Jewish grandmother)
10. Did we mention his heart-breaking hamster?

Can David get through his first year of middle school? Will he lose his best friend? Gain a girlfriend? Survive his quirky family? Most importantly, will he become a famous talk show host like his idol, Jon Stewart?

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How To Survive Middle School

Kirkus starred review
Gephart maps the hormonal, emotionally torturous terrain of pubescent boyhood with realistic dialogue, well-developed secondary characters and age-appropriate humor and insight, placing this title in the same august league as Jordan Sonnenblick’s Girls, Drums and Dangerous Pie.
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School Library Journal starred review
With short chapters and broad humor, this one is for "Wimpy Kid" aficionados.
School Library Journal starred review
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Gephart crafts for her likable protagonist an engaging, feel-good transition into adolescence that’s well stocked with tears and laughter.
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