8th Grade Superzero

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8th Grade Superzero

By Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Arthur A. Levine Books, Paperback, 9780545097253, 324pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2011


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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.

Praise For 8th Grade Superzero

[INSERT STAR SYMBOL] "Rhuday-Perkovich delivers a masterful debut, telling a layered middle-school tale filled with characters who are delightfully flawed and, more importantly, striving to overcome those flaws." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A good-hearted, nuanced story of a young man who dares to be more than his place in a middle-school social hierarchy." -- Kirkus

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