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From Gordon Korman, the New York Times bestselling author of Restart, comes a hilarious new story about a group of underdogs who come together when they are forced to attend summer school—for failing PE.

Yash is the best athlete at Robinette Middle School—so good, in fact, that he’s already playing on the high school’s JV sports teams. Imagine his shock when he learns that his JV practices have kept him from earning a state-mandated credit for eighth-grade PE. To graduate, he has to take Physical Education Equivalency—PEE, also known as “Slugfest”—in summer school.

Yash gets to know his fellow “slugs”: Kaden, an academic superstar who’s physically hopeless; twins Sarah and Stewart, who are too busy trying to kill each other to do any real PE; Jesse, a notorious prankster; Arabella, who protests everything; and Cleo, a natural athlete who has sworn off sports.

But when one of them tries to blow the lid off a scandal that could make all their time in summer school a waste, Yash is forced to take drastic action.

Teaming up with the most hapless crew in school can really surprise a person. And their teacher might be hiding the biggest surprise yet. . . .

About the Author

Gordon Korman published his first book at age fourteen and since then has written more than one hundred middle grade and teen novels. Favorites include the New York Times bestselling UngiftedSupergiftedThe Superteacher Project, The UnteachablesPopNotoriousUnpluggedOperation Do-Over, Slugfest, and the Masterminds series. Gordon lives with his family on Long Island, New York. You can visit him online at

Praise For…

“A middle school romp that takes the “Bad News Bears” premise for a wild ride. The pastries aren’t all that’s sweet in a tale rich in wins both public and personal.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A rousing tale filled with hilarity and heart." — BookPage (starred review)

“Korman balances humor and heart, delivering a tale that is both plausible and a little outlandish, realistic and just a bit goofy. Snappy dialogue, idiosyncratically depicted characters, and a madcap plot keep this lively story moving at a brisk pace.” — Publishers Weekly

“The first-person narrative rotates chapter by chapter among members of the Slugfest team. While not every writer can use this technique successfully, Korman makes it look effortless, [with] his ability to create memorable individual characters. There may be some surprises along the way, but fans can count on a satisfying conclusion.” — ALA Booklist

"Yash learns the value of friendship and teamwork in this big-hearted novel." — Horn Book Magazine

Praise for THE SUPERTEACHER PROJECT: "In this funny and provocative outing...Korman, as usual, takes the side of the kids. Relayed by multiple narrators, the tale offers both different perspectives on effective teaching methods and food for thought about the notion of “personhood.” — Booklist (starred review)

“A school story with a twist, told with humor, insight, and empathy.” — Kirkus Reviews

"A keenly rendered, fast-paced read." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780063238091
ISBN-10: 0063238098
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: January 9th, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English