33 Minutes by Todd Hasak-Lowy

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Will Sam’s best friend turn out to be a bully? He’s about to find out in this “strong and refreshingly straightforward portrait of identity and shifting-friendship trials” (School Library Journal).

Sam Lewis is going to get his butt kicked in exactly thirty-three minutes. He knows this because yesterday his former best friend Morgan Sturtz told him, to his face and with three witnesses nearby, “I am totally going to kick your butt tomorrow at recess.”

All that’s standing between Sam and this unfortunate butt-kicking is the last few minutes of social studies and his lunch period. But how did Sam and Morgan end up here? How did this happen just a few months after TAMADE (The Absolutely Most Amazing Day Ever), when they became the greatest Alien Wars video game team in the history of great Alien Wars teams? And once the clock ticks down, will Morgan actually act on his threat?

Told with equal parts laugh-out-loud humor and achingly real emotional truth, 33 Minutes shows how even the best of friendships can change forever.

About Todd Hasak-Lowy

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Todd Hasak-Lowy has published several books for adults, and 33 Minutes is his first book for young readers. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Evanston, Illinois.bethany bARTon is an author and illustrator whose debut picture book, This Monster Needs a Haircut, was published in July 2012. She sat at the theater geeks table in middle school.
Published January 1, 2013 by Aladdin. 226 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Brainy seventh-grader Sam Lewis actually takes 1 hour and 35 minutes to let go of the idea that he and former best bud Morgan Sturtz can still be friends.

Nov 15 2012 | Read Full Review of 33 Minutes

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Nonetheless, Hasak-Lowy gives Sam an amusingly discursive narrative voice (on getting his “butt kicked”: “[I]f you knew someone was going to kick you some place, would you not hope for that place to be your butt?”) through which he dissects the middle school experience and his loss of a f...

Dec 10 2012 | Read Full Review of 33 Minutes

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They weren’t always at odds—in fact, as of last Friday, Sam and Morgan were best buds, but that was before Sam committed an act of such treachery that a lunchtime throw-down was decidedly called for.

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