Book Review: The Classroom Student Council Smackdown! by Robin Mellom

16250897Title: The Classroom Student Council Smackdown! 

Author: Robin Mellom

Illustrator: Stephen Gilpin

Series: The Classroom

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Release Date: June 25, 2013


Book Summary:

Libby Gardner and Cindy Applegate are smile-without-teeth friends, but they are fierce rivals when it comes to politics. Cindy owned the student council elections in fourth and sixth grades, while Libby came out on top in fifth. Now, they both hunger for the prestigious title of seventh grade class president.

But middle school elections have their own rules…and pressures. When Trevor Jones is forced to join the presidential race, he devises a plan to make sure his best friend Libby wins. That all changes when he discovers that Libby has oh-so-sneakily gone behind his back by hiring Molly Decker to be her campaign manager. Now, he’s in it to win it. And things are going to get ugly.

Join Trevor, Libby, Cindy, and the whole Westside contingency (along with the documentary film crew) as they explore the ugly underbelly of middle school politics.

This book looked fun, and it didn’t disappoint. I really enjoyed reading it, and I think middle schoolers (the target audience) would also really enjoy it. I loved the illustrations—they added to the fun. As I read this book, I realized that it portrays life lessons about friendship, getting along with others, and dealing with the trials of life, showing principles that transcend the middle school scene. I found this book to be a truly delightful read.
Rating: 4.5 stars – Highly Recommend
Content: Clean (one instance of taking the Lord’s name in vain)
Source: I received a free copy of this book for the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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