MMGM: The Creature From the Seventh Grade, Boy or Beast

I’ve always felt quite comfortable in my fur. So if I transformed into a totally different species one day, I guess I might not be too happy. That’s exactly what happens to Charlie in this week’s Operation Story Share, The Creature From the Seventh Grade: Boy or Beast by Bob Balaban.

The Creature From the 7th Grade

Here’s the inside cover blurb:

If popularity was a score between one and ten, Charlie Drinkwater would be a zero. He can’t play any sports, his middle name is Elmer (DO NOT TELL ANYONE), and the cool kids at school won’t stop torturing him. Oh, and also he suddenly morphed into a giant mutant dinosaur some time between first period science class and third-period English. Boom. Just like that.

Now that Charlie is covered in slimy green scales, his two best friends are treating him like a science project, there’s a petition to get him kicked out of school, and for some reason his parents are acting like everything’s perfectly normal. The one upside of being a creature is that now the cool kids are paying attention to Charlie. They’re actually finding him interesting. And that’s all Charlie ever wanted . . . or is it?

This story was a lot of fun. I especially liked how all kinds of crazy things happened and the author didn’t try to explain them to death. As a reader, I could suspend my disbelief and just go with it. An eight-foot talking dinosaur sitting at the dinner table? Sure, why not!

Since you’re now reading a blog post written by an imaginary cat, I imagine you’re the kind of person who’d enjoy a wacky story like this one. The Creature From the Seventh Grade: Boy or Beast by Bob Balaban. I highly recommend you get your paws on a copy ASAP!

About flashthecatblog

I am the Professional Mews for Cindy Strandvold, as well as a huge fan of middle-grade books. Which, coincidentally, is the age Cindy writes for.
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10 Responses to MMGM: The Creature From the Seventh Grade, Boy or Beast

  1. Deb says:

    This sounds fun! Taking your recommend and getting a copy….thanks!

  2. Akoss says:

    Lol sounds like a book full of mayhem.
    I love MG books that get me to suspend my disbelief. 🙂

  3. Joanne Fritz says:

    Wacky stories are so much fun. I have no problem reading this blog, so I guess I’ll have no problem reading this book! Thanks, Flash.

  4. Love the cat and the pick. My kids would love this. cheers.

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