How to Be Funny

How to Be Funny Twelve year old Ross tries to discover the formula for being funny and getting his new classmates to like him in this laugh out loud debut novel Ross Stevens has changed schools twelve times in the la

  • Title: How to Be Funny
  • Author: Lauren Allbright
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Twelve year old Ross tries to discover the formula for being funny and getting his new classmates to like him in this laugh out loud debut novel Ross Stevens has changed schools twelve times in the last three years but when his beloved Pops becomes ill, Ross and his mom must plant roots which means no school moves And no moves mean no school exits, and RossTwelve year old Ross tries to discover the formula for being funny and getting his new classmates to like him in this laugh out loud debut novel Ross Stevens has changed schools twelve times in the last three years but when his beloved Pops becomes ill, Ross and his mom must plant roots which means no school moves And no moves mean no school exits, and Ross has perfected the science of leaving a school with an epic prank Worse, it means he will actually have to learn how to make friends and do a science project, two things he s never had to do before.Then Ross hits on a hypothesis if pranks are cool because they are funny then maybe he could discover the formula for funny If his nerdy peer review partner doesn t cramp his style and if the embarrassing notebook full of his research doesn t get out, then maybe Ross can actually be happy staying in one place.But can he really figure out the formula for ultimate middle school happiness

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    1. Ross's life with a traveling musician mother has landed him in temporary school after temporary school. Ross decided several moves ago that he needs an Exit Strategy for each short-lived life - something for his temporary peers to remember him by. However, when Ross's grandfather falls ill, Ross finds himself in a possibly permanent middle school in Fort Worth, and he's not sure if he knows how to handle being in the same social setting for too long. I enjoyed the humor and realism of this book [...]

    2. Twelve-year-old Ross has always had an exit strategy for moving away from school, but when his grandpa, Pops, gets ill, mom decides they will move in Pop's home and care for him. Now Ross will have in stay put in one school and even do a science project, which he decides will be on discovering how he can be funny, so he'll be admired by the students in the middle school. He keeps a notebook of his research on how to be funny and is paried with a wierd lab partner who helps Ross discover a formul [...]

    3. Ross is used to changing schools, to the point where he has a different creative exit strategy for each departure. Now with the illness of his grandfather his mother decides they will put down stakes, perhaps permanently. Ross is in a quandary, because he isn't used to sticking around, making friends, and being steady but unsensational. He loves making people laugh, and he has to do a science project, so why not combine the two? Aside from the dense print, this book has decent kid reader appeal [...]

    4. At the center of this sweet and funny middle grade novel is a boy who needs to make friends and learn to be himself. For a science project, he decides he will figure out the formula for being funny. Chapters are titled for the steps in the scientific method and there are figures and tables that support Ross' humorous thoughts. This a fun and satisfying read. It would also make an excellent classroom read aloud!

    5. Cute. The ending was seriously cheesy, but the overall situation of Ross is something a lot of readers can identify with: trying to fit in and be funny with peers. Eh, certainly not my favorite of the summer, and while I bought a copy for my MS library, I'm not convinced I will booktalk it - maybe just on a display. It had potential that, in my opinion, it didn't reach.

    6. This is such a fun book! Ross is a really likable, relatable character. This is the story of his struggle to fit into a new middle school, after moving from school to school over and over. It is both funny and inspiring. It has a great message for kids to be themselves and when in doubt "just show up"!

    7. A cute MG read about Ross, a kid who moves a lot and finds his calling by planning elaborate "exits" at his school when his mom and him have to move again. When he doesn't exactly move right away soon, he tries to fit in, and life lessons are learned.

    8. It is a struggle (all out war) to get my daughter to read anything. She won't even read the back of a cereal box. I picked a few books that she had to read over the summer. She absolutely loved it! I had to make her put it down to come to dinner. Hopefully this author has another book on the way.

    9. Who are you, and how do you fit in to the social life of a school, when before you have always been pulled out before having a chance to try? Set in the format of a scientific experiment.

    10. Middle grade read with accurate voice of a 7th grader who wants to fit in from being the new kid. I think a lot of kids will relate.

    11. I suppose kids ages 9-11, especially if they are the new kid, might like this one. I couldn’t believe how many grammatical errors there were in such a short professionally published book.

    12. This is a humorous book. Students will like it because it is a short and funny story. Everyone wants to be the funny guy and this character loves the limelight.

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