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The Unteachables

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  371 ratings  ·  95 reviews
A hilarious new middle grade novel from beloved and bestselling author Gordon Korman about what happens when the worst class of kids in school is paired with the worst teacher—perfect for fans of Ms. Bixby’s Last Day.

The Unteachables are a notorious class of misfits, delinquents, and academic train wrecks. Like Aldo, with anger management issues; Parker, who can’t read; Ki
ebook, 288 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Balzer + Bray
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Constance I think it would be a very good read-aloud. I finished it yesterday and I think the it would be pretty fun especially if you have some good…moreI think it would be a very good read-aloud. I finished it yesterday and I think the it would be pretty fun especially if you have some good distinctive voices for the points of view. The audio book is very well done with lots of voices. (less)

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Blodeuedd Finland
Oh I did not realise this was MG before reading the synopsis. I thought it was YA since they were 13. But hey it works for everyone!

This is THE class. The one everyone avoids and where the school puts the kids they do not know wht to do with, and forgets them.

Mr Kermit just wants to retire. The school really messed him up. A scandal destroyed his life and the school blamed him. And he had nothing do do with it. So now he hates teaching. Ok yes 27 years of not caring is hard to forgive, but I rea
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Brenda by: Edelweiss
Mr. Kermit (AKA Ribbet) has been burned out from teaching, ever since the cheating scandal incident some 30 years ago. What made the whole episode worse is that it was one of his students who was accused of cheating, and Mr. Kermit knew nothing about it, yet still ended up being blamed for the whole thing. Ever since that day, Mr. Kermit has lost his spark for teaching. Now he just seems to go through his day doing crossword puzzles, drinking monster amounts of coffee and biding his time until h ...more
Theresa Grissom
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 3rd, 4th, 5th, middle-grade
Thanks to Edelweiss plus for an ARC of this book.

Another hit from Gordon Korman! I simply adored this middle grade story. Loved the characters and couldn't put this down. The students at my school will love getting their hands on this one. Can't wait to share it with them.
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
[I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.]

Fantastic! I loved the characters and the heart of this story. I was inspired by this story of the transformation that can happen when students have teachers and other adults who believe in them. Mr. Kermit, the teacher, changes the most over the story. The core of his character is to be a voice and an advocate for students and that makes a difference for this group of kids especially.
It seems as though fictional educators are either cruel taskmasters or incredible human beings who turn children's lives around. The eighth grade class of unteachables boasts a teacher who begins as a mere time card puncher yet becomes a SUPERSTAR! before novel's end. It's the sort of transformation teen movies are made of. You know the ones where an already good looking outcast simply sheds his or her glasses and dresses up a bit and, what do ya' know he or she was beautiful the whole time! Mr. ...more
Katy Noyes
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Perfect 'Mr Chips'-like uplifting fare for KS2/3.

A good teacher gone to seed. A class of misfits the system has given up on. While you might guess how the story is generally going to unfold, it was an absolute pleasure listening to the multiple narrators tell their story of a year in the Unteachables.

The protagonist arguably is Kiana, only registering at the school for a few weeks while her mum is away working, and due to her stepmother's preoccupation with a baby, finds herself in a 'special cl
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story is the middle school equivalent to the Island of Misfit Toys. Mr. Kermit and his class of misfits are lovable and endearing and hilarious. Each character has a unique reason for being in the "Unteachables" classroom, which makes the book hard to put down. Gordon Korman will always be a favorite of mine because of his characters and his humor and his positive messages throughout each tale he tells.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Middle grade book about a burnt out teacher and a class of misfits. Some of the characters were more developed and more like able than others. As a teacher, there were some very relatable moments. Overall this was a cute little story about redemption and finding the people you need at the right time. 3.5 stars ⭐ ...more
Ms. Yingling
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

Mr. Kermit is entering his 30th year of teaching, and he's already put in for early retirement. He started his career full of grand ideals and enthusiasm, but a testing scandal over 25 years ago sucked the life out of him, and he spends his days handing out worksheets and doing the crossword while drinking coffee from a huge cup called "the toilet bowl". In order to push him to quit even earlier, the evil superintendent assigns him to a special class with a handful of st
Melanie Dulaney
Gordon Korman just keeps on bringing heart-warming and humorous fabulousness to my middle grade readers... and to the adults who read along with them. I enjoyed his more action-filled MasterMinds trilogy as well as the Swindle books with problem-solving Griffin and his friends, but Mr. Korman has really found his element with books like Slacker, Ungifted, Supergifted and now The Unteachables. SPS-8 is a class of difficult students, hard to manage and even harder to teach, but when they get a bur ...more
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Omg, I loved this adorable little story. As an educator, I could relate to the teacher and recognized the kids as having been my own students at one time or another.

Being an educator is difficult, especially with all the media bashing of teachers, difficult contract negotiations, and all of the social media and tech devices we have to compete with for our students attention. On top of all of that, educators also have to deal with the baggage students bring into the classroom that definitely affe
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have always liked Gordon Korman's books and this is no exception. Mr. Kermit is one year away from retirement and a satisfactory pension. However the superintendent harbors a lot of anger for Mr. Kermit because of a cheating scandal 27 years in the past that was not the teacher's fault. Because the student who cheated w as in Mr. Kermit's class, it is obvious to the superintendent that payback in the form of firing Mr. Kermit before he qualifies for early retirement is a perfect option. Enter ...more
Zach Kermit is a teacher close to retirement. Because of a “test score scandal” years before, he has been burned out, shuffled around to teach the “Unteachables,” with the superintendent’s hope that Kermit can be forced out before his retirement. This was a fun book - made me laugh out loud in places. But it was just that - a fun book based on predictable characters and a predictable story line. I would recommend it to students who like a laugh and just want to be entertained. I was hoping for a ...more
Tiffany Reynolds
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story has been done before, in movies and books: unteachable class gets unexpectedly inspired by a teacher. However, this book has interesting twists on that plot, and it never feels predictable. The "unteachables," as they are called by students and staff alike, are a self-contained classroom of seven 8th graders. Their teacher is Zachary Kermit, a once-brilliant teacher who has never recovered from a cheating scandal and is riding out his last year toward early retirement. The superintend ...more
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very similar vibes to Ungifted and I'm not thrilled about the alternating POVs every single chapter but! It was a very sweet and inspiring story without getting too bogged down in itself or taking itself too seriously.
A sweet story of misfits and their misunderstood teacher. In typical Gordon Korman style, the characters made me smile.
Books on Stereo
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quaint, charming story of a bunch of misfits that is muddled by the egregious amount of different point of views.
Sep 27, 2018 marked it as to-read
I mean......

this is by Gordon Korman of course it's gonna be good
Rustin Verret
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another amazing Gordon Korman book! I was rushing to finish this because Gordon Korman is going to our school TOMORROW. I'm so exited. This book is about a group of kids who have anger issues, can't read or constantly fall asleep in class. One year, they get stuck with the one teacher who ignores them.

Still reading: HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer and DUMPLIN' by Julie Murphy
Super cute story about how we can influence each other’s lives positively if we just show that we care.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: publisher-arc
Zachary Kermit has been teaching for a long time. He’s in his last year before he can take early retirement, and he’s just cruising with his giant coffee mug until June, when he can finally hang it all up and live a life of leisure. But the school’s superintendent has different plans for Mr. Kermit. He’s still mad at the cheating scandal that embarrassed him all those years ago, as it was Mr. Kermit’s student who masterminded the whole thing. So now, he’s trying to get Mr. Kermit to quit before ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found The Unteachables to be hilariously funny with a depth of character and themes that spoke deeply to my heart. At times I found it to be charming and other times remarkably sad, It brought to the forefront that everyone counts. Everyone is teachable – even the teacher!

This book reminds us to look past society’s labels, to get to know the real person right in front of you for who they really are. To not let others define you but to search and find out who you are and what you want to be. Th
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Korman never fails. He was recommended to me from one of my friends a while back and when this came out I was able to get a hold of it pretty quickly! A very "worth-my-time" read. I enjoyed how each chapter was a different person in this 8th grade class of "Unteachables" POV of what's going on in the classroom against the backdrop of what you see as a whole from the outside. There arise misunderstandings and miscommunications. The perceived ideas we generally have about what a "type" of person o ...more
Anita Eti
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
For someone who officially qualifies as an adult, I enjoyed this way more than I should have. Obviously, it's for younger readers and the writing seems juvenile at times, but it's a story that can touch the heart of a lot of people who might have been considered "unteachable" in school. Very funny in sections and sad in others, I think this is a book that will appeal to a lot of kids!
Thanks Edelwiess+ for an ARC of this book!
Tasya Dita
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an e-ARC of this book through Edelweiss Plus in exchange for an honest review

When I first requested this book, I was hoping for a funny yet touching read. This book fulfills both.

In Greenwich Middle School, there's a class of 6 kids called The Unteachables- basically, your class of delinquent. This is where Kiana, a newcomer, stumbled into and got herself placed, and where Mr. Kermit, a veteran teacher with a scandal that still haunted him, got placed. Everyone in the school had alrea
Meet the Unteachables of the Self-Contained Special Class (SCS-8) at Greenwich Middle School: Kiana, the short timer, who only plans to be at Greenwich Middle School until her mother finishes shooting a movie in Utah. Parker Elias, a 14-year-old with a provisional driver’s license, who thinks his teacher’s car is called a Coco Nerd. Rahim Barclay, falls asleep in class because his father’s rock band practices until all hours of the night. Aldo Braff, the fiery red head with anger management issu ...more
The premise that this book is based on--a burned-out teacher just has to make it through one more year so he can reach early retirement and a full pension--didn't work for me due to the way that the superintendent supposedly was desperate to find a reason to fire the teacher but didn't have a sufficient one yet. I think walking into the classroom would have helped, as the teacher--Mr. Kermit--was just sitting at his desk while completing a crossword puzzle and letting the kids of SCS8 (AKA the m ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads, j-reads
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The Unteachables by Gordon Korman was a middle grade novel that had a bit of "Breakfast Club for kids" vibe. Kiana shows up for her first day at a new school, and through some first day chaos, she ends up in Room 117 with a group of students known as the Unteachables. This is a group of students that the school's educators have kind of given up on for one reason or another. This year, the school has assigned Mr. Kermit to class
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Teacher Zachary Kermit is just counting out the days until he can retire, but the superintendent (an old nemesis) is not going to make his last year easy. In an effort to make him quit and lose his pension, Mr. Kermit is assigned to teach the Unteachables- a self-contained class containing a handful of students that no one else wants or can deal with.
What starts out as a battle between teacher and students turns into something else, something more. This bunch of misfits just might hav
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
How could I not like a book whose dedication reads, “For all the teachers who soldier on“?
This was a fun fast read. The story is told through multiple perspectives and some of the characters are not very fleshed out, but still serve to round out the idea of SCS-8, the special students who spend their entire school day in room 117. Their teacher, Mr Kermit, isn’t interested in teaching them or anyone else any longer. A cheating scandal many many years ago was enough to ruin his reputation and so
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Korman wrote his first book, "This Can't be Happening at Macdonald Hall", when he was 12 years old, for a coach who suddenly found himself teaching 7th grade English. He later took that episode and created a book out of it, as well, in "The Sixth Grade Nickname Game", wherein Mr. Huge was based on that 7th grade teacher.

Korman moved to New York City, where he studied film and film writing. While i
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