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Gordon Korman and his books defined my preteen years, but none so much a The Twinkie Squad. I was always a bit weird in school (it never bothered me though and I had and have plenty of friends) and it was so refreshing to read about a group of kids who were equally as eclectic as I was. And who could help but giggle when hearing Douglas proclaim that he's from "Pefkakia". A fantastic book, from a fantastic writer of other fantastic books.
It was a little confusing at some of the points, other wise then that good book.
I listened to this audiobook with the kids. The characters were interesting and we found ourselves laughing out loud through most of the book. A fun read!
4.5 starsI absolutely LOVED this!!! One of my friends has been recommending this book to me for years, but I could never find it in the library and kept forgetting to order it.Finally, I ordered it, from the library, but then wasn't home when it came and wasn't able to pick it up (super aggravating) and then FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY I ordered it, got it, and was able to read it. And I'm so glad I did.Doug was a bit annoying to me at first, (he was kind of obnoxious to the bus driver, even though
I really wanted to love this book, but I found it just OK overall. The main character Douglas is just so damn annoying after a while. It’s fine that he is obsessed with “Pevkakia” or whatever, but it got pretty old really quickly. His character never changed and he never learned anything. He literally acted like a smug prick the entire book. The only redeeming factor of this book is the friendship that he makes with Commando. It was OK, but I struggled to finish it.
I loved this book. It was one of the funniest books I have ever read. I recommend it to everyone ever except people with no sense of humor. I am a little disappointed that they resigned as the Exalted Grand Knights of Karpoozi, even if it did make everyone else in the school a member of the Twinkie Squad.
Delightfully stupid book. Took awhile to attach to the characters. Definitely a dated book with dated references, but enjoyable.
Gordon Korman is pretty funny. The main character is quirky. Zany antics.
Another one of my favorites from Gordon Korman! I was dying of laughter in the part with George Washington and his exploding pants. my mom actually came into my room to see if I was okay. Great book!
The Twinkie Squad has always been made fun of but at the end every one ended up in the Twinkie Squad!
So there is a "Special Discussion Group" that consists of people with issues.(like one girl is obsessed in Movies, another doesn't have her own opinions, etc.) and the whole school call them Twinkies In the TWINKIE squad. This gu named Douglas, thinks thathe origionated in Pefkakia and is obsessed with it. He writes his history in Pefkakia in his binder all day. Thatis why he has to join the Twinkie squad. This other guy, Commando, always picks fight. But he only picks fights with people who bul...
This is an odd little book is the Korman ouvre. Most Korman books (at least before his serialized stories like Island) feature a character which is an escapist outlet--someone who a young person (or adult wanting to be young) can align with and, for the length of the novel can be someone outstanding (like Rudy from I Want To Go Home).The Twinkie Squad is a rare break from that. While it is a funny book (though not quite the riot fest some Korman books end up being), the protagonist is someone wi...
This book is a delightfully hilarious adventure featuring a cast of oddballs and misfits. It has some parallels with the popular book "Stargirl", but with a much lighter tone. I read this years ago, but the main character's "post nasal drip" lines kept coming back to my mind, so I had to read it again.The book follows the son of a famous U.S. diplomat as he starts at a public school for the first time. Obsessed with being different and his dual citizenship in Pefkakia, he leads fellow students,
Gordon Korman fans tend to have strong feelings about his books. You can roughly divide them in half - the absolutely ridiculous, laugh until it hurts earlier books, and the somewhat more sober later ones.This one is definitely in the first category. When I was a kid, I must have read mine a dozen times, easy. And it still more or less holds up today. There are some details that might stand out to adult readers, such as a conspicuous lack of the Internet, but I doubt most kids will notice.Why fo...
Thaddeus G. Little Middle School's Special Discussion Group is the consciousness-raising purgatory to which odd-ball and dysfunctional students are sentenced. Their classmates mock them until the inadvertent efforts of Douglas Fairchild -- philosopher, sixth grader, and Pefkakian national -- make the Twinkies the unexpected darlings of the school. The Twinkie Squad shares a clear genetic legacy with the author's Bruno and Boots books: the sweet adolescent friendships; the pairing of a wild-eyed
By turns hilarious and endearing... I loved this book to pieces as a teenager and I like to hope that if I reread it now I would still love it. It's in that line of quintessential 'Breakfast Club' fare, I'd say - the story of a group of outsiders who come together, strange but vulnerable and loveable. It's a story of kids who bicker but come together anyway, and manage to make some people in their school look at them differently, too. It's sure to bring a smile to kids' faces, imo, and it's the
My family listened to this on a road trip back when I was much younger, and the younger kids (myself included) couldn't stop giggling. The plot is utterly ridiculous but oodles of fun--Douglas, the son of high-powered officials, joins the Resource kids (known in this book as The Twinkie Squad; I don't know what they're called at other schools--the kids who can't keep up with the regular classes) and hijinks ensure. It makes me sad when my husband doesn't get my references to "frolicking in the b...
I really enjoy most of Korman's books, especially the funny ones--and this was funny. I couldn't stop laughing as I read the chapter about the play. And I cried a little at the end.This is a book about a bunch of misfits who find themselves, and especially about Doug, the ambassador's son who feels he can't compete with his parents or older siblings, so he does very strange things to show he doesn't care.It's on a 5th grade reading level.
This was the second...maybe third time I've read this book, and I admit I probably first read it in 3rd grade, but my Netflix wasn't loading and it was right there so I just picked it up and spent the next two hours or so absorbed in it. I have to say it stood the test of time, and I loved it for all its hijinks and of course the bullies outmatching the popular kids. I just can't resist a story about misfits and this book definitely delivered.
Reread this to my kids. Douglas Fairchild is the underachieving son of a U.S. Ambassador. His insistence that he is a Pefkakian citizen gets him a slot in Special Discussion Group AKA the Twinkie Squad--which he promptly takes over and renames the Grand Knights of the Exalted Karpoozi. Shenanigans ensue. Since I'd earlier read them A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag they thought the references to Pefkakia and Gavin Gunhold were pretty funny.Fave moment: the school play
Enjoyed this one, although I don't really rate it as one of Korman's best. There are some fun characters and the relationships between the two main characters and their parents are different and interesting. But I didn't find this one as funny as Korman's earlier books, such as the Bruno and Boots series, or earlier one offs like Semester in the Life of Garbage Bag or No Coins Please. Still, this one is worth a look for Korman fans.
If you're at all familiar with Gordon Korman's early works this book holds no surprises and is delightful. The outcast theme is done well and without sniffling. Douglas is annoying to everyone in a lovable way, and Korman's trademark "it all comes together somehow" is done in his typical early hilarious fashion. It's funny and has some important lessons about belonging and being different (and being the same as everybody else) that are valuable no matter how old you are.
A delightfully funny book about a group of misfits. I like the irony of the main character helping others to be more "normal" and fit in while striving to be different himself. L. J. Ganser, the narrator, does a good job using different voices to each character and doesn't get in the way of the story.
Doug was a unique character that stood out, because his circumstances were like no other. Although not in the same situation as Doug, I felt for him. Famous family members, but he was just ordinary (as ordinary as Doug could be). Enjoyed this book so very much, and appreciate the message and storyline that was written.
I read this book so I would be able to help my daughter with her book report. I really liked it. I help in the daughter's school library and see kids checking his books out all the time. Nice little book about a group of outcasts that come together to be best friends and have the school look at them in a different light. Had quite a few funny parts that I laughed out loud.
This was one of my favorite books when I was younger. The story of a group of misfits and outcasts, who are united by one strange boy who accidentally plays a practical joke on the entire school, was so good I think I reread this book every few months in middle school. I hope the current young generation is reading it too.
I remember this book from elementary school. Teachers were big on pushing students to read it. I never really found it funny (my sense of humor is more cynical than the lighthearted jokes featured in The Twinkie Squad, but I'm sure many people would love the story and its message of friendship and school enjoyment.
Doug: The guy who came to the school and turned the place upside-down.Commando: the guy who wants it to stop.The Twinkie Squad: the counseling group Doug and Commando are both unwillingly part of, that sets it all in motion.
Because sometimes I just really miss the books that got me interested in reading :) This was, and remains, a childhood classic to me. So ludicrous and ridiculous and fun. I can never forget that fish in the ceiling, anytime I think about this book.
This book I felt appropriately covered what would be the oddest, strangest people in high school, of which I was one of them. So some empathy there :D