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Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time

By Lisa Yee

Stanford Wong is in big trouble - or as he would spell it, "trubble" - in this laugh-out-loud companion to the award-winning Millicent Min, Girl Genius.

Stanford Wong is having a bad summer. If he flunks his summer-school English class, he won't pass sixth grade. If that happens, he won't start on the A-team. If *that* happens, his friends will abandon him and Emily Ebers won't like him anymore. And if THAT happens, his life will be over. Then his parents are fighting, his grandmother Yin-Yin hates her new nursing home, he's being "tutored" by the world's biggest nerdball Millicent Min - and he's not sure his ballpoint "Emily" tattoo is ever going to wash off.

Reviews and Awards

ALA Best Book for Young Adults
CCBC Choice
Chicago Public Library "Best of the Best"
Chinese-American Librarians Association Best Book Award for Youth

“Yee's companion to Millicent Min, Girl Genius (2003) tells the story of the same pivotal summer that Millicent tutors Stanford Wong - but this time through Stanford's eyes.… laced with humor and told in the first person… readers should find this story amusing, enjoyable and finally touching.” - Kirkus Reviews

"Yee, who won the 2004 Sid Fleischman Humor Award for Millicent Min, Girl Genius, offers an equally funny sequel. . . . Young readers will find themselves chortling over comedic scenes, delivered in Stanford's genuine, age-appropriate voice, even as the well-drawn, authentic heartache about family, friends, and integrity reaches directly into their lives. Young sports fans, particularly boys, will appreciate a portrait of a wholly likeable underachiever in the classroom who shines in the court." - Booklist

"Fans of the first book will enjoy hearing from Stanford, whose struggles with school, with his dad (who has never attended a single one of his basketball games), and with adolescent anxieties ("Maybe I should hold her hand. But…what if my hand gets all sweaty? Do people ever use anti-perspirant on their hands?" are as cleverly portrayed as Millie's were." - The Horn Book Magazine

"Upon finishing this book, those who have already opend their hearts to Millicent will find room to include Stanford too, and will likely want to know how both will fare in the upcoming school year." - Publishers Weekly

"There's much here for boys to identify with, including Stanford's need for parental approval and his single-minded pursuit of the sport he loves. His growth of a person as the summer unfolds is warmly satisfying." - School Library Journal

"Like Stanford, the novel is funny and sweet." - New York Times Book Review

"Humorous and entertaining." Voice of Youth Advocates 

Purchase Options
Indiebound • Scholastic Store • Amazon • Barnes & Noble

Fall 2005
Middle Grade Novel
ISBN: 0-439-62247-6
Price: $16.99/$21.99
Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Page Count: 304
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Scholastic
Rights Available? yes

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