Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com
A horror experienced by just about everyone - the first days of middle school. Changing classes, finding your way around, trying to keep old friends and making new ones - it's one potential disaster after another.
Jenny McAfee is excited and scared all at the same time. After eight weeks away at summer sleepover camp, she feels pretty confident that she's got what it takes to conquer middle school. She doesn't realize that her BFF (best friend forever) has suddenly become part of the popular crowd. It's amazing the changes that can happen when you're gone a few weeks over the summer.
The first frightening day finds Jenny dressed all wrong, rushing to class, and getting lost on the way to the cafeteria. The eighth graders play the famous `take the elevator by the pool trick,' and Jenny totally falls for it. When she does finally find the cafeteria, there's no room at her friends' table and she eats all alone in the telephone booth. It's almost more than she can take. How can she even think about coming back for day number two?
Nancy Krulik begins a new series with CAN YOU GET AN F IN LUNCH? by creating Jenny, a character most readers will find more familiar than they probably want to admit. This quick read is filled with typical frustrations of being a middle schooler. Added bonuses are little pop quizzes Jenny says she finds on a middle school survival website. Readers can try the quizzes right along with Jenny and her friends.
Middle grade readers, especially girls, are sure to enjoy this series.