Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Standford Wong Flunks Big-Time - Lisa Yee

Standford Wong Flunks Big Time by Lisa Yee

Stanford's plans of going to basketball camp for the summer are ruined when he fails sixth grade English at Rancho Rosetta Middle school. Stanford must past English in summer school, or lose his spot on the basketball team.

Published in 2005, this is Yee's second novel. Its also the first companion to the author's debut novel Millicent Min, Girl Genius. (loved it) Standford is a secondary character that is getting tutored by Millicent. This time Standford is telling his story from that summer.

Standford has a lot of pressure to get good grades from his name to his overachieving older sister. This story was easy to get into and I loved losing myself in it.

Yee is very skilled at creating well developed characters and placing them in realistic situations. The story has great balance, we get to see all sides of Standford. The one that's great on the basketball court, the who only wants his dads approval, the one who is trying to figure out if a friend is really a friend, the one who loves is grandmother, the one who realizes English isn't too bad. There are a few more, all add up to a great and whole Standford Wong. ages 10up

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Yee's most recent release Warp Speed came out in March. It's also set at Rancho Rosetta Middle School.

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