How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart

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Eleven-year-old David Greenberg dreams of becoming a TV superstar like his idol, Jon Stewart. But in real life, David is just another kid terrified of starting his first year at Harman Middle School. With a wacky sense of humor and hilarious Top 6½ Lists, David spends his free time making Talk Time videos, which he posts on YouTube. But before he can get famous, he has to figure out a way to deal with:

6. Middle school (much scarier than it sounds!)
5. His best friend gone girl-crazy
4. A runaway mom who has no phone!
3. The threat of a swirlie on his birthday
2. A terrifying cousin
1. His # 1 fan, Bubbe (his Jewish grandmother)
1/2. Did we mention Hammy, the hamster who’s determined to break David’s heart?

When David and his best friend have a fight, David is lucky enough to make a pretty cool new friend, Sophie–who just (gulp) happens to be a girl. Sophie thinks David’s videos are hilarious, and she starts sending out the links to everyone she knows. Sophie’s friends tell their friends, and before David knows it, thousands of people are viewing his videos–including some of the last people he would have expected.

David may still feel like a real-life schmo, but is he ready to become an Internet superstar?

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About Donna Gephart

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DONNA GEPHART is the author of As If Being 12 3/4 Isn't Bad Enough, My Mother is Running For President. She lives in Jupiter, Florida, with her family.
Published April 2, 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 258 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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David Greenberg, would-be future anchor of The Daily Show, enters middle school with problems: Longtime best friend Elliott has abandoned him for new, nastier and bigger friends, David hasn’t spoken with his runaway mother in months and he’s dumbstruck by a sudden crush on adorable, peppermint-sc...

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Main character David is a middle-school boy who is completely endearing, and readers will easily identify with him and his middle school anxiety.

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There are rumors of kids getting swirlies at the school, and one way or another, David keeps getting in trouble with teachers.

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