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Editor reviews

Sarcastic and imaginative, combining snark and intelligence with lots of humor, this story about a year in the life of high school freshman Scott Hudson was a finalist for AudioFile magazine's 2007 Audies Award. Scott isn't sure what to make of the changes in his life: His mother is unexpectedly pregnant and his friendships aren't going the way he expects. Ostensibly writing a guide for his future brother, Scott pours out his frustrations in diary form. Narrator Ryan MacConnell's performance as Scott is self-deprecating and honest, and he is supported by a full cast whose bright-eyed performance makes this audiobook a true laugh-out-loud listening experience.

Summary

From the author of Dunk comes this sparkling new novel that covers a year in the life of high school freshman Scott Hudson, who is sideswiped by the unexpected news that his mother is about to have another baby.

In a hilarious and touching journal addressed to the unborn intruder, Scott bares his soul as he copes with the trials and tribulations of a life that is changing faster than he wants it to. Filled with Lubar's trademark wit, enlivened by unexpected twists and turns of plot, Sleeping Freshmen is widely considered one of the best YA novels of 2005.

©2005 David Lubar (P)2006 Full Cast Audio

Critic reviews

"Plenty of amusing, accurate observations about freshman life, from the insecurities of first dates to the dangers of walking the hall between classes." ( Booklist)

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  • Misty
  • 10-12-07

Pick Me! Pick Me!

First of all, Daivd Lubar is excellent for all those readers out there who would rather watch tv, play outside, or get some thumb exercise. He wrote the Invasion of the Lawn Weenies and other funny short stories, as well as the Hidden Talents novels. This book, however, is in its own league. This is well-written (both kids and adults will love it), charming, funny, and the performance is fantastic. I love the full cast!

This book is about freshman year from a nerd's point of view. He figures out what it means to be friends in high school and constantly stresses about the everyday life of it. And best of all (I'm an English teacher, mind you), is that he's always talking about what they learned in English class. But don't think it's an extra lesson for you--the topics he brings up are topics every English teacher should discuss: puns, comics, and more.

Just trust me on this: get past the initial cheesy part, sit back, and smile. Easily a 10.




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  • Andrew V Donaldson
  • 22-10-18

Bravo! excellent cast and music recomend to anyone who looking for a relaxing fun read

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  • Allison
  • 24-10-09

A Must Read (Um...Listen)!

I felt an immediate connection with the narrator, Scott Hudson. The thoughts and feelings of this young adult boy felt "true" to me. The Full Cast Family brings the book to life. There are also cool sound effects. My 11-year-old daughter has shunned audiobooks since her school experiences with textbook produced audio. I couldn't even sway her with Twilight. Ten minutes with this book and I have her hooked!

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  • Lynne
  • 27-08-09

A lively and interesting performance!

This is the summer reading book for students entering 9th grade where I teach. I downloaded this book for my students with language-based learning disabilities to read along with, and they enjoyed it immensely. Because the dialogue of each character is read by a different person, the text really comes alive for the listener. And the book itself is a great one for any student just entering high school. A great read!

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  • Rebecca Churchman
  • 27-10-21

Incomplete novel

I bought the novel Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie believing it was the whole novel. Nope. It ends at chapter 7. What about the remaining 26 chapters? How do I resolve this?

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  • Love the Lion King
  • 05-09-21

This was a fun book!

I always enjoy reading the books that were assigned to my kids for summer reading. My youngest graduated 5 years ago and I finally got around to this one on a 1300 mile road trip with my mom. we enjoyed it very much!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-12-20

loved it in 8th grade, love it at 24

funny happy, innocent, uplifting
freshman boy learns to be honest with himself and true to himself as well as deal with a baby brother on the way. discusses real issues of highschool with humor and exaggeration while also exploring deep themes. main character loves his honors english class and discusses English topics in an entertaining and often hilarious way.

warnings:discussion of attempted suicide (side character), mild language usage (D,B), bullying, theft.

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  • Book Bee
  • 14-08-19

Great Read.

First full audiobook I listened to and I enjoyed it through. I finished listening to it within two days. Worth it!

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  • Luis A Cacique-Ruiz
  • 07-04-18

the biography of most freshmen.

it captures high school life in a way that is engaging to the reader and reminds those that have been in high school of their own experiences it tackles real life problems while keeping a funny edge to it

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  • joey
  • 22-08-17

it was very entertaining

The characters are relatable and very clever to the point were it sucks you in to the story