Summary:  David has dreams of being the next Jon Stewart…. that is IF he can survive middle school!  His best friend ditched him, he’s the new target of the school bully, and he just can’t catch a break anywhere.  David’s only escapes are making original videos to post on You Tube and spending time with his hamster, Hammy.  But, David’s life is about to take a turn he never expected.

Thoughts:  I thoroughly enjoyed How to Survive Middle School.  David is a great character; his struggle and feelings as he tries to navigate his way through the challenges of middle school life are realistic and believable.  His family and the other characters in the book are well-developed and interesting.  Everything works well together here to create a funny, touching novel.