The Homework Strike (Hardcover)

By Greg Pincus

Arthur A. Levine Books, 9780439913010, 272pp.

Publication Date: January 3, 2017

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (8/28/2018)

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Gregory K. has too much homework.

Middle school is hard work, and Gregory tries to be a good student. He participates in class, he studies for his tests -- he and his friends even help each other with their assignments. But no matter what he does, there's never enough time to finish all his homework. It just isn't fair.

So Gregory goes on a total, complete homework strike. No worksheets, no essays, no projects. His friends think he's crazy. His parents are worried about his grades. And his principal just wants him to stop making trouble. Can Gregory rally his fellow students, make his voice heard, and still pass seventh grade?

Find out in this book for anyone who thinks school is stressful, gets headaches from homework, or just wants to be heard.

About the Author

Greg Pincus is a children's poet and novelist, a screenwriter, a former volunteer elementary school librarian, and a social media strategist. He is also an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. He lives in Los Angeles, California, and can be found online at, or on Twitter as @GregPincus.

Praise For The Homework Strike

Praise for The Homework Strike:

"A lesson in civic involvement, standing up for what one believes in, and negotiating... Readers will be drawn to the anti-homework cause and... will enjoy the high jinks along the way." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Pincus writes about middle school life with empathy as he explores the longing to find one's own place and the feeling of having little control over one's life. While there are laughs to be had as Gregory's crusade gains steam, readers will also get a sense of American labor history and the real stakes involved in standing up for one's beliefs." -- Publishers Weekly

Praise for The 14 Fibs of Gregory K.:

"Pincus's story explores struggles with friends, family, and learning while remaining exuberant and relatable, a winning equation." -- Publishers Weekly

"This delightful novel introduces a resourceful and inspiring young character, and many readers will relate to Gregory's desire for creative expression and his yearning for acceptance." -- Booklist

"Gregory's difficulties with being different from his parents, living in his older brother's shadow, and feeling inadequate compared to a smart younger sister will strike a familiar chord with middle-graders struggling to define themselves. There's a lot of space for this book to open up cross-curricular opportunities in math and literature, and it might also spark interesting book club conversations about how to deal with families whose interests diverge drastically from our own." -- Bulletin of the Center for Childrens' Books

"Dialogue and humor carry the third-person narrative along swiftly, and the characters are appealing. It is unusual to meet a family in middle-grade fiction that enjoys playing math games at the table, and it's refreshing to be reminded of the importance of honesty with family and friends. By any reckoning, a successful debut." -- Kirkus Reviews