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Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie

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Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie

"They can't expect me to be a sports writer," Scott said jocularly.
"I'm never going to survive freshman year," Scott said gravely.
"All the older kids pick on the freshmen," Scott said sophomorically.

Welcome to Scott Hudson's freshman year of high school. He isn't the handsomest or most popular guy around, and he doesn't have a clue as to how to talk to Julia, who once shared his peanut butter crackers and has morphed into the hot chick over the summer. Seniors smack him on the head on the bus. He doesn't have classes with his best friends. His Spanish teacher has a thick French accent.

On top of his woes, his parents have announced that they're having a baby, he loses out on a book reviewer's position for the school newspaper, and he gets roped into running for the student council. Mix in a gym teacher who's Satan in Nikes, some eyeroll-worthy Tom Swifties, and a sign on a locker that says, "This is not a locker," and you have a hilarious and bittersweet story about one freshman finding his place and becoming his own person almost completely by accident.

For all of us who started (or will start) high school feeling overwhelmed and out of place, Scott is a hero. Like all of us he has his strengths and weaknesses, but most importantly he keeps his sense of humor, shown through his letters to his brother and sister-to-be, and his oddly useful Guides to Surviving the perils of high school. Supported by his family and a few close friends, Scott discovers there's a lot to get out of freshman year, assuming he doesn't sleep right through it.

Reviewed by Carlie Webber on July 21, 2005

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie
by David Lubar

  • Publication Date: July 21, 2005
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
  • ISBN-10: 0525473114
  • ISBN-13: 9780525473114