Monday, January 28, 2013


New Book: Surviving Seventh Grade
Yes, that is right - Seventh Grade is Unfair to Boys

Concord, NH --More than 12 million students are either in the seventh grade, or will be entering it in the next two years. And, a new book published this week says that it’s the boys who are at a disadvantage. Surviving Seventh Grade, by Glenn K. Currie provides a humorous and informative look at this environment from the viewpoint of a thirteen-year-old boy, just in time for the holidays.

Whether it is called junior high or middle school, the world changes as they move from the cloistered classrooms of grade school, to a larger, more complex society, and deal with the hormonal earthquakes of puberty. Surviving Seventh Grade follows Snobby Donna, Billy and Glenn from their adventures in A Boy’s First Diary to a whole set of
new issues: A trip that takes them from “rulers” of grade school, to a status just below the bottom of a meadow muffin. Because of the broad nature of the book’s appeal, it makes an ideal gift for children of all ages.

Currie is a prize-winning poet and humorist who works closely with the Children’s Literacy Foundation in a variety of school programs in New Hampshire. He has also been a featured speaker at many events where he mixes humor with an emphasis on the critical importance of ensuring that our children develop good reading and writing skills at an early age.

The book is once again set in the 1950’s, which allows readers to focus on life without the complications of smart phones, video games and even computers. As ABFD proved, the kids today are still facing many of the same emotional issues, and relate closely to the humor and struggles of the characters.

Glenn K. Currie’s previous young adult book, A Boy’s First Diary (2007), looked at life in the fourth and fifth grades, and was met with broad critical acclaim. It was “strongly recommended” by the Midwest Book Review. Writers Digest wrote “I loved this collection”. And, among a large number of letters from grade school students, was this thoughtful critique from Jeffrey, age 10, “You are the greatest writer in the world”.

About the book:
Surviving Seventh Grade by Glenn Currie
ISBN: 978-0-9779675-7-5
Publisher: Snap Screen Press
Date of publish: December 2012

Where to buy: AmazonBarnes&Noble


My Thoughts

Surviving Seventh Grade is the journal of a young man just turned thirteen.  He shares in his journal about being low man on the totem pole when starting 7th grade and having to suffer the antics of the 9th graders.  He describes his teachers and trouble that happens during class. For instance someone put strips toilet paper on a teacher's desk.  Some about getting sent to detention along with other students. There are the times when they are not sure how to approach girls.  

Then there was Brylcreem, yes, I even remember the song from the commercial. ( Brylcreem a little dab'll...)  I even found a video of the commercial.

What you teen did not like American Band Stand?

I was born in the 1950s so a lot of this stuff is definitely familiar.  Even though I am a female and had no clue what boys were really thinking about at that age.

I enjoyed the journey down memory lane.  I laughed about the shower prank and incident with the bad breath and the squirrel.  Too Funny!

There is so much I would like to share with you about this book but then you would not have to get your own copy and I know you want one.  

I recommend this book.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Snap Screen Press for review. I was in no way compensated for this review.  It is my honest opinion.

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