Kiana is a short-timer. She will only be at this school until her mother’s movie is done. Staying with her father, step-monster, and their new baby is something she has to get through, like two months at this school. The step-monster doesn’t register Kiana. She finds her way to the Unteachables, a class of misfits and losers. Their teacher, Mr. Kermit, does crossword puzzles while the kids do worksheets. One of the kids, Barnstorm, was a big sports star, and it seems the only reason he’s in this class is that he broke his leg. When told the class can’t go to the rally, Mr. Kermit gets on the phone and fights for Barnstorm to not only go but to sit with the team. The kids realize Mr. Kermit will fight for them, and that changes everything.
Author Gordon Korman understands what makes kids tick. The characters are well rounded, the dialogue is spot-on for middle schoolers, and the story is compelling, funny, and sweet. Readers will root for the kids and Mr. Kermit as they all fight for each other and for what is right. This book is such a winner! Don’t miss it.
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