by Tracie Choates
(4.75 stars – Goodreads rating)
Published September 12th, 2016, by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Genre: Fiction – Children’s, Middle Grades, Juvenile
Page Count: 222
“In his second year of middle school, a non-athletic boy wants to be popular. His normal activities include band, and the robotics club. He records his hilarious obstacles and challenges when he joins the track team. In this humorous story for middle grade boys; The Track Training Diary of a Not-So-Fast Skinny Kid, Jack Vandergriff soon finds out that he is not in the great shape that he prides himself on. In fact, he’s the worst. Also, he has to deal with vivid acts of betrayal from his best friend; All of which his middle school classmates are privileged to witness in school events and neighborhood events. All while dealing with his little sister annoying him at home. He may have stretched the truth a little with his parents as to how well he is doing, but of course his sister knows the truth.”
THIS IS MY DAUGHTER’S REVIEW (9 years old)
This book was mainly about a little boy named Jack trying to be great at something before leaving middle school. When he tried out for track, he found that he could possibly be great!
What I Liked
-I liked that it was about running because I love to run.
-The book was really funny!
What I Didn’t Like
-I like books that have pictures around every chapter or two, but this book did not have any pictures at all.
-In some places, the editing could have been better, BUT it’s in the style of a diary written by a boy – so the mistakes could be on purpose.
Overall, I gave this book 4 stars because it was a good book, but I didn’t like ALL of it.