Sunday, March 25, 2012

losers by matthue roth

Jupiter Glazer is a loveable Russian Jewish immigrant with an accent that inspires bullies and parents who live in an abandoned factory in an uninspired industrial neighborhood outside Philadelphia. Jupiter's life takes on a new angle when he meets Margie, a hard-bitten but cute waitress, while dining with his parents for his annual birthday treat at low-class diner. Inspired by Margie, Jupiter ends up at a party that night and makes people laugh at the right time, resulting in a rise in his social status at school. At the same time, he meets up with a girl who helps him lose his accent and befriends the guy who regularly beats him up. This is a fun and quick read that misfits everywhere will enjoy. An ALA Best Book pick and a good match for reluctant readers. Grade 8+