The Detention Club

The Detention Club

Book - 2011
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Sixth-grader Peter Lee, in a desperate attempt to regain the popularity he had in elementary school, discovers that serving detention can win him important friends, much to the dismay of his over-achieving eighth-grade sister, Sunny.
Publisher: New York : Balzer + Bray, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061783784
0061783781
Characteristics: 299 p. ; 22 cm

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SPL_Childrens Sep 06, 2012

From the expressive picture on the front cover – which portrays the glum faces of the five Detention Club members – to the story’s end, David Yoo’s latest book is a rollicking, laugh-out-loud portrayal of sixth grade as experienced by Peter Lee and his best friend, Drew. It’s September, and the two boys are finding the adjustment to their new school, Fenwick Middle School, to be rather difficult. Most of their former classmates have gone to a different school.

Fenwick is full of strange faces, and Peter and Drew aren’t even in the same class. For some reason, they’re being labelled by their new classmates as “nerds” and are even being picked on by a couple of boys. Peter’s having trouble keeping up with his schoolwork (for the first time in his life), and he’s not getting along with his older sister, Sunny.

To complicate the situation, someone is snitching things from both students and teachers at Fenwick. Then Peter has a serious (and entirely preventable) “mishap” with a science experiment and is given a detention every day for a whole month! Now Peter is a part of an “elite” school club: the Detention Club! As the month passes, the members of the Detention Club decide to discover the identity of the school thief.

As they work together, their search leads from one suspect to another … and from one comical surprise to another. The Detention Club is a thoroughly entertaining tale with some very worthwhile messages about friendship, honesty, sibling rivalry and peer pressure.

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Aug 07, 2012

Peter and Drew thought they were popular. At least they used to be in Grade 5, but something happened over the summer. Their classmates have moved beyond collections and are more interested in the social scene. Peter and Drew are now the outcasts of the school. But Peter comes up with a plan to make them popular again. It involves them getting into trouble and joining the detention club.

This novel is slow to get going. This may be do to the painfully embarrassing situations the two friends get into, but by about the half-way point the story picks up. Would love to recommend this for the reluctant reader, but I can't given how long it takes to get going.

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SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

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