The Unteachables Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A hilarious new middle grade novel from beloved and best-selling 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. A good choice for summer listening or anytime!
The Unteachables are a notorious class of misfits, delinquents, and academic train wrecks. Like Aldo, with anger management issues; Parker, who can’t read; Kiana, who doesn’t even belong in the class - or any class; and Elaine (rhymes with pain). The Unteachables have been removed from the student body and isolated in room 117.
Their teacher is Mr. Zachary Kermit, the most burned-out teacher in all of Greenwich. He was once a rising star, but his career was shattered by a cheating scandal that still haunts him. After years of phoning it in, he is finally one year away from early retirement. But the superintendent has his own plans to torpedo that idea - and it involves assigning Mr. Kermit to the Unteachables.
The Unteachables never thought they’d find a teacher who had a worse attitude than they did. And Mr. Kermit never thought he would actually care about teaching again. Over the course of a school year, though, room 117 will experience mayhem, destruction - and maybe even a shot at redemption.
This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween listeners in grades four to six, in the classroom or for homeschooling.
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|Listening Length||6 hours|
|Narrator||Sarah Beth Goer, Oliver Wyman, Josh Hurley, Tristan Morris, Chris Gebauer, Sean Welsh Brown, Pete Larkin, Fred Berman, Jennifer Nittoso|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 08, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #8,547 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#36 in Humorous Fiction for Children
#123 in Growing Up & Facts of Life for Children
#280 in Children's School Issues
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I thought we had to do a lot of suspension of disbelief to accept many of the situations that set up the premise of the "Unteachables." I hope to goodness there aren't as many schools that are as bad as the school in this book when it comes to mislabeling and neglecting students. To be fair, this book is a comic one and there are some appealing subplots and good laughs to be had. Overall, my students enjoyed it but I would not rank it high on my list of recommended books.
To make matters worse, Miss Fountain, the daughter of his ex-fiancee, teaches in the next room over. She runs her seventh grade like a kindergarten class by doing things such as circle time. As the story progresses, we learn that Mr. Kermit used to be an excellent teacher, but things have gone downhill since one of his classes was involved in a cheating scandal. Even though Mr. Kermit wasn't involved, the superintendent, Dr. Thaddeus, blames him for the whole incident and does whatever he can think of to get rid of him.
If you're expecting a true portrayal of a middle school classroom, this isn't the book for you. On the other hand, if you like a humorous story with lots of memorable characters, I would recommend this book.
Top reviews from other countries
I was browsing on Edelweiss one evening and noticed The Unteachables and downloaded it without even reading the synopsis because I had such fond memories of his writing. On the plane ride home from Disneyland, my brain was so exhausted from our trip that I wasn't able to focus on Kingdom of Ash, so I decided to give this book a shot. From the first chapter, I was hooked on the story and I finished the book that day, exhaustion and all. Then I promptly ordered a copy for my husband after he expressed an interest in reading it and reminisced about hearing Gordon speak at a writing workshop when he was in middle school. Plus, it's about a teacher and teaching, so I know he's going to like it!
The story centres around Mr. Kermit, a teacher who has one year of teaching left before he qualifies for early retirement, who is given the toughest class to teach, The Unteachables. Each chapters switches the point of view between the children in the class, Mr. Kermit, and other characters. Like most middle grade, the story is an absolute delight to read and had me grinning, laughing, sitting on the edge of my seat and racing through the pages, eager to find out how the story would wrap itself up. I highly, highly recommend this one if you enjoy middle grade, or even if you're not an avid middle grade reader. It has a cast of absolutely delightful characters and the story will keep you hooked right up until the final page.
Note: An egalley was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I recommend this book to 10+ children
Some funny moments as always with Korman's unique view on teenage life.