'Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie' by David Lubar
Published on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 9:32am
With school less than two weeks away, there’s a good chance some of you are feeling anxious. This is probably most true if you’re starting a new school, especially if you’re going from elementary to middle school or middle school to high school. Scott Calvin had a similar experience in the book Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar. Learn how crazy a freshmen year can get, and how fun and exciting it can be as well.
It’s the first day of high school and like many freshmen, Scott is overwhelmed. Not only does he have a ton of homework by the end of the day, he also has to deal with the fact that childhood friend Julia has become so absolutely beautiful he has no chance of being with her, and that his mother is again pregnant. To help vent his frustrations, he begins creating a manual for his future baby brother (or sister) to help them survive the trials and tribulations he’s going through. To get close to Julia, he joins the school newspaper, the student council and the school play, only to miss out on being with her each time.
The paper helps this book nerd become a great writer, but also earns him the wrath of a school bully. His middle school friendships drift apart, and his charismatic older brother Bobby drifts in and out of his life. It will take some tragic events for Scott to achieve his dreams, cope with the upcoming bundle of joy…and maybe get enough sleep.
At times hilarious and at other times somber, Scott’s trials and travails make for great reading. The book has aged gracefully, and Scott touches on all the major experiences of high school and family life in a way that will insure the narrative has lasting appeal. If there’s one moral to this title, it’s that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Time and again, Scott finds that first impressions he has of people around him are false as he gets to know them. Each of the characters around Scott is well-developed and appealing. If you liked the Diary of A Wimpy Kid series, this is a great title to go to next and see how this kind of story was done without comics to support it.
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie is recommend for early teen readers. Check it out with other books by David Lubar at your local DC Public Library branch today.
--by Brandon Digwood