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The Detention Club by David Yoo

Published by Balzer + Bray
Pages: 240
Ages: Middle Grade
Publishers Summary:

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.

It’s a new year and a whole new ball game for Peter Lee and his best friend Drew. Once the “kings of the school” are now simply the little guys on campus at their new middle school. In Peter’s case it’s even more complicated when adding his older brainiack sister Sunny to the equation. Not only do the two siblings detest each other, but everyone at Pete’s new school idolizes her. After trying everything he can think of Pete ends up in detention with the kids he used to run from and surprisingly the outcome is quite different than he ever expected.

If you’ve read David Yoo’s Fistful of Feathers from the Guys Read: Funny Business collection you’re already aware of not only his humor, but his ability to relate to young readers. The Detention Club from beginning to end was a hilarious walk through the halls of the often harrowing existence of a brand new middle school boy. Peter’s character was exactly what I’d imagine a typical sixth grade boy to be like, a bit humorous & outwardly confident but also incredibly insecure about where he stands in this big new world he couldn’t have dreamed of. In many ways Yoo’s characters, Peter & Drew in particular, reminded me quite a great deal of the main characters in Chris Rylander’s The Fourth Stall which is a story I thoroughly enjoyed as well.

Peter’s relationship with his older sister, Sunny, as well as his parents was perfect! In books and in other forms of media we have a tendency to create a world where everything is happy and all relationships for brothers and sisters are work with ease. Obviously, for the majority of us we grew up struggling with our siblings and parents at some point or another but eventually we were able to overcome this. In Peter’s case it takes quite an obstacle to overcome his struggles with Sunny, but it’s absolutely hilarious watching him get there.

Over the last year there’s been an insurgence of brilliantly written middle grade novels specifically aimed at boy readers. In my opinion, it’s a fantastic new “trend” if you’d call it that, but I certainly hope it continues. David Yoo’s The Detention Club is a wonderful addition to the group of middle grade novels I’ve grown to love in the recent past. For young readers making the transition to middle school (boys in particular) The Dentention Club will not only be a hilarious read, but a source of comfort in a difficult time. Be prepared to laugh hysterically as Peter Lee learns that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover and your best friends might be right under your nose if you’re looking too hard for them.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 8-16. A hysterical middle grade novel perfect for young readers making the transition to a new school.

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6 Responses to Book Review: The Detention Club by David Yoo

  1. How fun! Sounds like a Middle Grade The Breakfast Club!

  2. Oh this sound perfect for my middle school boys. I adore Guy Reads and love that authors are trying to write more books with male POV. I will definitely being picking this one up to add to my school bookshelves.

  3. Andrea says:

    Sounds like a great book – I’ll have to look for it! Thanks for the review.

  4. carol says:

    The first thing I thought of was The Breakfast Club, too.

  5. Joanna says:

    I often prefer the more boy focussed middle grade reads. Will be looking out for this one.

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