8th Grade Superzero

th Grade Superzero Change the world with the book Publishers Weekly called a masterful debut This special paperback edition includes bonus content After the worst first day back ever Reggie s been nicknamed Pukey McKn

  • Title: 8th Grade Superzero
  • Author: Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
  • ISBN: 9780606229784
  • Page: 104
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Change the world with the book Publishers Weekly called a masterful debut This special paperback edition includes bonus content After the worst first day back ever , Reggie s been nicknamed Pukey McKnight at his Brooklyn school He wants to turn his image around, but he has other things on his mind as well his father, who s out of a job his best friends, Joe C wChange the world with the book Publishers Weekly called a masterful debut This special paperback edition includes bonus content After the worst first day back ever , Reggie s been nicknamed Pukey McKnight at his Brooklyn school He wants to turn his image around, but he has other things on his mind as well his father, who s out of a job his best friends, Joe C who s a little too White and Ruthie who s a little too intense his ex best friend Donovan, who s now a jerk and of course, the beautiful Mialonie The elections for school president are coming up, but with his notorious nickname and nothing social status, Reggie wouldn t stand a chance, if he even had the courage to run.Then Reggie gets involved with a local homeless shelter Inspired by the clients there especially Charlie, a five year old kid who becomes his official Little Buddy he begins to think about making a difference, both in the world and at school Pukey for President It can happen if he starts believing.

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    1. I don't think it's hyperbole to say this is one of the best middle-grade novels I have ever read. When people use the word ambitious, there's often a negativity lurking beneath it--that the author is to be admired for taking on so much, even if she didn't succeed.Eighth-Grade Superzero is an ambitious book that delivers, and then some. It deals with important issues--homelessness, religion, social responsibility, family dynamics--but readers will hardly notice. They will be caught up in the char [...]

    2. Rhuday-Perkovitch has created a delightful multicultural setting that feels authentic, not planned for best effect. Protagonist, Reggie McKnight tells his story with a strong, believable voice. He's funny, articulate, confused, compassionate, questioning, bright, perceptive, trying to fit in, wanting to stand out, seeking his own true voice. He is surrounded by good friends, caring adults, and a number of the usual suspects of middle school. Readers see deeply into Reggie's mind and spirit and r [...]

    3. Reginald Garvey McKnight would have preferred to begin the 8th grade school year as King of Clarke Junior School (a High Academic, Study Intensive Middle School). Instead, he fast becomes known as Pukey and is made a school-wide laughingstock. Such a reputation is not easily overcome as Reggie tries to figure out who he is and how to let the world see him for his better attributes (not his weak stomach). He isn’t the only one. 8th Grade Super Zero is ripe with characters trying to figure out w [...]

    4. Preachy. Unfortunately that’s the first thing that comes to mind when I think of this book. It wasn’t that I didn’t like reading it. Or that I disagreed with what was being preached. But it was a lot. There are some really good themes presented. Reggie has to learn how to stand up for himself and others. He has to choose to do what is right when it isn’t easy. He has to make choices about what is most important and what he is going to do about it. He has to learn lessons about judging pe [...]

    5. EIGHTH-GRADE SUPERZERO combines quality elements of literature into an incredible feel-good read. The varied cast of characters will win you over despite an oftentimes slow plot.Reggie and his friends are eighth graders, but readers of all ages can easily relate to their interactions and the issues they face. Reggie is a sympathetic self-labeled underdog who never feels secondary to us: he is bullied, but he also has an inner strength that we can recognize even if he cannot yet. Reggie’s best [...]

    6. 8th Grade SuperZero is about a kid named Reggie who lives in New York. He's just trying to fit in. After a humiliating first day of school, he tries to find out who he really is by entering school politics, a religious youth group, an a Big Buddy system. He's also trying to avoid teasing. With the help of his friends, Joe C Ruthie, and Charlie he tries to make this his best school year yet. I think that this book is both positive and negative. The book explains that it doesn't matter if your coo [...]

    7. I was impressed by how many different threads got wound into this book, and it's refreshing to see characters of faith represented as normal, everyday people living their lives.Now what I want is a companion book with the excellent Ruthie as the main character

    8. This is a book about a boy who gets the nickname Pukey at the beginning of the school year and his attempts at clearing that reputation. Reggie McKnight is a 8th grade kid in Brooklyn, New York. Reggie would have preferred to begin the 8th grade school year as King of Clarke Junior School. He instead becomes known as Pukey and is made a school-wide laughingstock. Having a bad reputation is not an easy thing to overcome as Reggie tries to figure out who he is and how to let the world see him for [...]

    9. I borrowed this book from a classroom library at my school, so first of all let me say that I’m happy I’m starting to see more diverse books on middle school shelves! Overall I liked this book—I thought it was authentic and real. I only really had two problems. One was that it probably could have been a little shorter. There were definitely some scenes and plot lines (basically the whole Vicky subplot) that were dragged out for too long there were WAY too many characters, some with similar [...]

    10. Reggie is an 8th grade boy who takes the risk of running for his school president. But along the way he discovers something more important: a homeless shelter where his little friend Charlie lives. He devotes his campaign to restoring and helping the homeless shelter.

    11. Recap: "Say to them,say to the down-keepers,the sun-slappers,the self-soilers,the harmony-hushers,'even if you are not ready for day,it cannot always be night.'" - Gwendolyn Brooks, from "Speech to the Young: Speech to the Progress-Toward"Reggie is a zero. After vomiting in front of the entire student body on the first day of school, more people now know him as "Pukey" than as "Reggie." He has his two best friends, Ruthie and Joe C, but it's tough to be thankful for two when you're teased on a d [...]

    12. "You don't have to do something BIG. Just something right. And when you do something wrong, that's not the end of it; you can step up again and still do something right. We can build up without tearing down, even if it's only in baby steps." —Reggie, 8th Grade Superzero, P. 311 While I haven't yet read any Paula Danziger books at the time of this writing, I'm certainly well familiar with the award-winning work of Madeleine L'Engle, and the fact that Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, author of 8th [...]

    13. Reggie McKnight has always been called Pukey. On the first day of school, he stood on stage in front of the whole school and threw up. Reggie must redeem his reputation and clear his name. An idea sparks in Reggie when the principal announces there will be elections for president. Reggie, with the help of his best friends Joe.C and Ruthie runs for president. Reggie must face his enemy Donovan and Justin, the Justin Bieber of his school. There is also a project for his youth group he must complet [...]

    14. This is a book with heart and soul! At the beginning of the book, the main character, Reggie, is a seemingly average eighth grade boy who's just trying to make it through the year without drawing too much attention to himself. Too much *more* attention, that is. On the first day of school, during their opening assembly, Reggie had been selected to recite the school pledge on stage. Instead, he ended up puking all over the principal's shoes front of the whole school. Now his nickname is "Pukey," [...]

    15. Reggie McKnight and his friends are precocious eighth-graders in a public school for gifted students in Brooklyn, New York. Bearing that in mind as I read this was helpful, as some of their interests and concerns seemed much more sophisticated than the eighth-graders I've known-- or perhaps the eighth-grader I was. The characters' behavior, though, seems accurate and believable. The story centers around a school presidential election, and Reggie's involvement in it, while he attempts to rise abo [...]

    16. Reggie otherwise known as Pukey on account of puking in front of everyone in the beginning of his 8th grade year just wants everyone to forget him. After the incident everyone always calls him Pukey especially his relentlessly cruel former friend Donovan. One day he just stopped hanging out with him, Joe C and Ruthie. Joe C. always has a bottle of Juiced! with him which comes with random information that no one needs to know. Ruthie is what you would call an activist. She cares about everyone an [...]

    17. Reggie is like a lot of eighth graders; he knows what he should do, but he reminds us how hard it can be to stand up for what is right. The audience is introduced to Reggie toward the beginning of eighth grade, but it is clear from the beginning that something happened that damaged his image. When the principal decides to hold an election for class president, Reggie initially tries to remain invisible. Although he is frustrated that his classmates don’t do more to uphold the school motto and p [...]

    18. A realistic slice of life set in a middle school (UK Yr 7-9) roughly and involving a student president election which is obviously a far bigger deal in the US than over here in the UK. I loved the fact that Clarke, the school, had a high achieving and diverse student body with mostly black characters featured. Reggie Knight is having a pretty bad time in 8th grade after a throwing-up-over-the headteacher's-shoes-at-assembly incident that no one will let him forget. The last thing he needs is to [...]

    19. I'm somewhat intimidated by this book. It was that good. Seriously, it was that good. Don't let the cover fool you, this book packs a big punch.Reggie (Pukey) McKnight struggles with his 8th grade image. After a disastrous beginning in the 8th grade he begins to search for a way to change, to be someone other than "Pukey", a nickname bestowed upon him by the class bully. Sounds good, right? But then the story really digs deep.Reggie learns about the homeless, about faith, about service and frien [...]

    20. Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadTooReggie would like nothing more than to spend all of his time with his best friend, Joe C working on Night Man, their super-hero comic. The story ideas are all Reggie's and the artwork is Joe's. They are sure it's going to be spectacular.Something always seems to interfere with Reggie's plans. He somehow gets roped into acting as campaign manager for one of the most annoying girls at school. Vicky has him passing out flyers and putting u [...]

    21. Another one that was heavy on the religion, but it just works out. Maybe I'm a closet Christian? "All I want is some positivitiy for Heaven's sake." See???I actually liked this more than Lost Songs by Cooney though it wasn't as complex with Cooney's multiple character perspective. I want to nominate this one for SSYRA too.Main character is at an alternative/progressive learning school in NY but still suffers from typical middle school problems. Reggie's called "Pukey" by most classmates since an [...]

    22. The book ‘8th Grade Super Zero’, which is a realistic fiction book, takes place in a school named Clarke Junior School. The Main character is a boy called Reggie. In the beginning of the year, he is called ‘Pukey’. Fortunately, his friend from kindergarten, Ruthie, always defends him. Also, Joe C, his collaborator on his superhero series ‘Night Man’ defends him. During the election time, a boy called Justin uses his popularity for the president, and his opponent, Vicky, is seeking th [...]

    23. Imagine if you began the academic year by throwing up in front of the whole school when you were supposed to be reciting the school pledge. This is how Reggie McKnight begins his 8th grade year and needless to say, he is greeted with cries of "Pukey" wherever he goes in Clarke Junior School ( a NYC public school that seems to house K-8 students). The son of Jamaican immigrants, Reggie is feeling stress from all corners. His dad was recently laid off, his mom is working long hours, and his older [...]

    24. Poor Reggie is struggling to have a positive middle school experience. He sincerely wants to do well, make friends and make a difference in his school, but his humiliating first day disaster continues to haunt him and make him a victim of constant teasing. Reggie, and his buddies, are likable, authentic and funny. Their very culturally diverse NYC middle school makes a great setting for a coming-of-age story. Through his church youth group, Reggie volunteers at a neighborhood homeless shelter an [...]

    25. What a delightful YA read, exposing typical middle-school struggles and fears, while inspiring readers to follow Reggie McNight (aka Pukey) in taking the higher road. Reggie deals with popularity and character issues throughout, as he attempts to stay under the radar of notoriety and overcome his alias, well earned during a presentation to the Clarke school body on the first day of school. Readers will love, laugh, and relate to real-life issues and colorful characters, such as Joe C’s worthle [...]

    26. I chose this book a long time ago, when I was about 9 or 10 years old because I thought it would give me some insight on what life in 8th grade was like.I decided to give it a re-read sice I didn't find it interesting when I read it a few years back. Eighth-Grade Superzero is about Reginald "Reggie" McKnight and his adventure through the glorious world of 8th Grade. Nicknamed "Pukey" by a former friend, Reggie doesn't exactly have the best reputation at school--but he doesn't let that stop him f [...]

    27. I really enjoyed reading 8th Grade Superzero. I didn’t expect it to have such a positive message and for a middle grade novel it really addressed a lot of issues that are many times overlooked.Initially I wasn’t a big Reggie fan. There was nothing particularly special about him and he seemed content with the way things were in his life. But after visiting the Olive Branch be becomes less naïve and more aware of the things happening in his community. Instead of sitting around he starts takin [...]

    28. As a middle school teacher I believe "8th Grade Superzero" is a book all middle school students should read. It really fits in with our population. We are an IB school and we have social service days every year as a requirement of our curriculum. Many of our students don't see how they fit in with this or why it is necessary. I think this book is a good demonstration of the whys and hows.Reggie McKnight's claim to fame came the day he puked all over the principal's shoes while on stage. He tries [...]

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