Marvelous Middle Grade Monday
33 Minutes (Aladdin, 2013) by Todd Hasak-Lowy is a fast and funny read. I love the descriptions of people and the food fight and the main character's snarkiness. But the book has a serious side too.
Seventh-grader Sam Lewis is going to get his butt kicked in 33 minutes by former friend Morgan Sturtz. And all the kids at school know it! But how did we get here? You'll have to read the book to find out.
On his FAQ, the author explains how the book is not biographical, but it is emotionally biographical as we all go through losing friends. It also talks about the unusual format of the book. I love how in chapter one, Sam is always stating Fact and Opinion since that's what his social studies teacher emphasizes.
This was Todd Hasak-Lowy's first book for children, but he has written for adults and has a YA book coming out in 2015. Follow him on twitter @toddhasaklowy.