Whose teaching whom? Join the kids in SC-8 and find out.

Summary:

Educator Zachary Kermit is ready to retire. He was involved in a cheating scandal 27 years ago, which made him an outcast among his peers and took away his spark for teaching. earlier in his career. This year, the superintendent puts him in charge of the Self-Contained Special Eighth-Grade Class. This group of seven students struggles to learn and has behavior problems. They are the "unteachables." His career is just about down the drain. The kids know his reputation and he knows theirs. All he needs to do is make it until June. What none of them account for are the lessons that come their way. 


BTSYA / Teen Reader (14):
Gordon Korman’s novel centers around the middle-school experience for many people, and the issue of being put in a box based on what you can and can’t. Just because someone has trouble with something doesn’t mean they can’t learn. The Unteachables shows how this happens through multiple perspectives. Mr. Kermit and his students tell the story in ways that are relatable, hilarious, and meaningful.

The audience is middle school students, but the story is very kid-friendly. It is not graphic in any way, so I would also recommend it for higher-grade elementary schoolers. The story portrays problems teenagers also experience, and they will love this hilariously realistic novel. 


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Relatable and laugh-out-loud funny. Readers who know Korman's stories will not be disappointed. Those who haven't yet read the author's works will want to know about his other books as soon as they finish this one.

Content Awareness Factors:

None noted.


Type of Book:
This is a humorous look at the dangers of labeling people, the importance of watching and listening, and the ability to accept yourself and move on.
Educational Themes:

If your reader could use only one word to describe Mr. Kermit, what would it be? Once they give it to you, ask them to explain why they chose that word. 

The story is told by multiple narrators. Ask your reader which person (other than Mr. Kermit) had the most impact on your child's opinion of Mr. Kermit?

Did your reader buy into the "labeling" set up at the beginning of the book? What do they think now? Did they learn something from this experience?

Reading Level:
5.1
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
10 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer's Age: 14
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. Fun to read - and you might read it twice, but after that, you'll want a new Korman book.

Title The Unteachables
Author Gordon Korman
Publisher Balzer + Bray, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2019
ISBN 9780062563880
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Friendship, Humor
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