The Unteachables

Finished The Unteachables by Gordon Korman. I received a copy for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

“The Unteachables are a notorious class of misfits, delinquents, and academic train wrecks. Like Aldo, with anger management issues; Parker, who can’t read; Kiana, who doesn’t even belong in the class—or any class; and Elaine (rhymes with pain). The Unteachables have been removed from the student body and isolated in room 117.

Their teacher is Mr. Zachary Kermit, the most burned-out teacher in all of Greenwich. He was once a rising star, but his career was shattered by a cheating scandal that still haunts him. After years of phoning it in, he is finally one year away from early retirement. But the superintendent has his own plans to torpedo that idea—and it involves assigning Mr. Kermit to the Unteachables.

The Unteachables never thought they’d find a teacher who had a worse attitude than they did. And Mr. Kermit never thought he would actually care about teaching again. Over the course of a school year, though, room 117 will experience mayhem, destruction—and maybe even a shot at redemption.”

I loved this book. It’s sweet but it’s also laugh-out-loud funny. And while you will almost certainly guess the ending, you won’t guess the way the book gets there.

It would be easy to write a book with this general outline. What would be hard is to make this story feel new and with a cast of characters that everyone will be able to relate to and will immediately like. Everything about this story feels completely fresh.

This is a delightful story that will win over even the most reluctant reader. Recommended.

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