The last boy at St. Edith's

Lee Gjertsen Malone

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Seventh-grader Jeremy Miner, the only boy in a school of 475 girls, unleashes a series of pranks in hopes of getting expelled.

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Published
New York : Aladdin 2016.
Edition
First Aladdin hardcover edition
Language
English
Physical Description
260 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781481444354
1481444352
Main Author
Lee Gjertsen Malone (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Here are some serious odds: 475 to 1. That's the ratio of girls to boys in Jeremy's school. Instead of being a dream, it's Jeremy's nightmare. He has kept a careful log as, one by one, all 25 boys have found ways to transfer to other schools where they wouldn't be teased for attending what is mostly known as a girls' prep school. When his begging and pleading fall on his mother's deaf ears, Jeremy resorts to pulling pranks in hopes he will be booted out. How far is Jeremy willing to go to leave St. Edith's? When the Merry Pranksters, composed of Jeremy and a couple of his friends at St. Edith's who decide to help him out, first emerge, they are cheered by many. However, no one was ever supposed to be hurt by the pranks, but they are, and with disastrous results. Humor mixes with more serious issues in this clever debut. Recommend to fans of Jerry Spinelli's Crash (1996) and Loser (2002), which also deal with being the odd man out. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

Malone's debut is a sweet, candid novel about fitting in, messing up, and making amends. After seventh grader Jeremy Miner's Massachusetts private school reverts to enrolling girls only, every boy at St. Edith's leaves—except him. Since his single mother is a school employee and he attends free of charge, it isn't an option. Malone creates a charmingly hapless protagonist in Jeremy, who, feeling outnumbered, decides that he'll attempt to get expelled. He enlists the aid of his friend, Claudia, a headstrong aspiring filmmaker, who announces a one-word strategy: "Pranks." Harmless shenanigans (such as assembling stolen garden gnomes at the school's entrance) turn dangerous when Jeremy and Claudia tamper with doorknobs, and a classmate has an asthma attack while locked in the bathroom. Jeremy's doubts about his scheme magnify when his innocent sister is implicated in a prank, and his mother learns the truth. Jeremy's self-deprecating, sardonic humor and Claudia's ample self-confidence generate some authentically funny episodes as Malone's story addresses individuality, conformity, and finding friendship. Ages 8–12. Agent: Bridget Smith, Dunham Literary. (Feb.) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 6–8—There used to be 27 boys at St. Edith's Academy, but one by one they all left, leaving seventh grader Jeremy with 475 classmates—all girls. His best friends are sarcastic Claudia and prim Emily. He even lives with all girls—two sisters and his single mother. Jeremy becomes desperate to find out how his life could be different if he had even one guy friend. But to do that, he needs to go to another school. How can he get kicked out of St. Edith's without completely damaging his chances of getting a good high school scholarship? Claudia has the answer in one word, pranks. Soon Jeremy is caught in a web of lies and pranks gone awry. Ultimately, he realizes that although he doesn't have a single male friend at school, he has wonderful friends (who just happen to be girls) and St. Edith's might actually be pretty great. Set in western Massachusetts, this realistic novel is grounded in the relationships between the convincingly flawed but emotionally and intellectually compelling characters. The clever dialogue is humorous yet believable. Several characters belong to a film club, and there are frequent references to films and filmmaking, which are accessible to cinema buffs and newbies alike. Short chapters and growing urgency as the pranks and stakes rise keep the plot moving quickly. VERDICT Great characters and clever dialogue make for a humorous yet realistic read for middle schoolers.—Amy Seto Forrester, Denver Public Library [Page 157]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The only remaining male student in a co-education experiment at an all-girls school attempts to get himself expelled with a friend's help and an escalating series of pranks that backfire in ways that make him question his resolve. A first novel. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Seventh-grader Jeremy Miner, the only boy in a school of 475 girls, unleashes a series of pranks in hopes of getting expelled.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A seventh grade prankster is determined to escape the all-girls academy where he’s the only boy—by getting expelled—in this “spectacular debut” (Kirkus Reviews) that’s perfect for “fans of Jerry Spinelli’s Crash and Loser” (Booklist).Seventh grader Jeremy Miner has a girl problem. Or, more accurately, a girls problem. 475 of them to be exact. That’s how many girls attend his school, St. Edith’s Academy.Jeremy is the only boy left after the school’s brief experiment in co-education. And he needs to get out. But his mother—a teacher at the school—won’t let him transfer, so Jeremy takes matters into his own hands: he’s going to get expelled.Together with his best friend Claudia, Jeremy unleashes a series of hilarious pranks in hopes that he’ll get kicked out with minimal damage to his permanent record. But when his stunts start to backfire, Jeremy has to decide how far he’s willing to go and whom he’s willing to knock down to get out the door.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A seventh grade prankster is determined to escape the all-girls academy where he's the only boy'by getting expelled'in this 'spectacular debut' (Kirkus Reviews) that's perfect for 'fans of Jerry Spinelli's Crash and Loser' (Booklist).Seventh grader Jeremy Miner has a girl problem. Or, more accurately, a girls problem. 475 of them to be exact. That's how many girls attend his school, St. Edith's Academy.Jeremy is the only boy left after the school's brief experiment in co-education. And he needs to get out. But his mother'a teacher at the school'won't let him transfer, so Jeremy takes matters into his own hands: he's going to get expelled.Together with his best friend Claudia, Jeremy unleashes a series of hilarious pranks in hopes that he'll get kicked out with minimal damage to his permanent record. But when his stunts start to backfire, Jeremy has to decide how far he's willing to go and whom he's willing to knock down to get out the door.