Hello and welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. This week's booktalk: 8th Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich.
It’s your first day at school. Yeah, you’re a bit nervous, but it’s also fun, right? Well, not for Reggie. Reggie has the worst first day of school ever. What? You don’t believe me? Did *you* ever throw up in front of the entire school on your first day, including the girl of your dreams? Did *you* ever earn the nickname “Pukey” from your classmates?
8th grade couldn’t have started any worse for Reggie. His dad is out of a job and his mom works all the time. His ex-best friend Donovan has become a real jerk and starting picking on him. And now the pastor from his church youth group has given Reggie a project.
Pastor Dave wants Reggie to go to Olive Branch, a local homeless shelter, to record the stories of the men and women who live there. At first, Reggie is nervous and scared, but then he starts looking forward to visiting the residents at the Olive Branch and he starts thinking about the importance of civic responsibility and community service. Why aren’t more students helping out in the community? And why are the two candidates for school president so focused on themselves and what they want? Why aren’t they looking to see how the school can make the community a better place?
Reggie decides that action must be taken and announces his candidacy for school president. He wants to get the students empowered to help the community. But can his classmates forget about his humiliating first day of school and vote for… President Pukey?
Read 8th Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich to find out!
— Jen, Scholastic Booktalker