33 Minutes

33 Minutes

By Todd Hasak-Lowy; Bethany Barton (Illustrator)

Aladdin Paperbacks, Hardcover, 9781442445000, 210pp.

Publication Date: January 2013


This school-based boy friendship story is “funny, fast-paced, and quite poignant” (R. J. Palacio, author of Wonder).

Sam Lewis is going to get his butt kicked in exactly thirty-three minutes. He knows this because yesterday his former best friend Morgan Sturtz told him, to his face and with three witnesses nearby, “I am totally going to kick your butt tomorrow at recess.”

All that’s standing between Sam and this unfortunate butt-kicking is the last few minutes of social studies and his lunch period. But how did Sam and Morgan end up here? How did this happen just a few months after TAMADE (The Absolutely Most Amazing Day Ever), when they became the greatest Alien Wars video game team in the history of great Alien Wars teams? And once the clock ticks down, will Morgan actually act on his threat?

Told with equal parts laugh-out-loud humor and achingly real emotional truth, 33 Minutes shows how even the best of friendships can change forever.

About the Author
Todd Hasak-Lowy has published several books for adults. "33 Minutes "was his first book for young readers and he made his YA debut with "Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You". He lives with his wife and two daughters in Evanston, Illinois.

bethany bARTon is an author and illustrator whose debut picture book, "This Monster Needs a Haircut", was published in July 2012. She sat at the theater geeks table in middle school.

Praise For 33 Minutes

"Funny, fast-paced, and quite poignant, 33 Minutes beautifully captures one of the greatest heartbreaks of middle school: the end of a friendship." --R.J. Palacio, New York Times bestselling author of Wonder

"Readers will be rooting for Sam Lewis from minute one . . . Humorous and thoughtful, 33 Minutes will keep young readers turning pages right to the end." --Ingrid Law, Newbery honor winning author of Savvy

"33 Minutes is a rollicking and heartfelt adventure as math whiz Sam Lewis tries to avoid being pummeled by his ex best friend. Come for the fun. Stay for the Tater Tots."
-Evan Kuhlman

"33 Minutes is clever and true." --Amy Ignatow, author of The Popularity Papers