Level 13 (Slacker #2)

by Gordon Korman (Author)

Level 13 (Slacker #2)
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: Slacker

From the bestselling author of Swindle, Restart, and Slacker is another hilarious story about an underachiever who learns to go above and beyond.

Cameron Boxer, king of the slackers, has found something worth his time. By playing video games online in front of an audience he can find both fame AND fortune -- especially with Elvis (a beaver who seems to love video games as much as Cam) at his side. The only problem? Things keep getting in Cam's way. Like school. And the club he accidentally started. And the misguided people in his life who don't think beavers should be playing video games. It's going to take some trickery, some close calls, and a fierce devotion to slacking in order for Cam to get to his goal -- conquering the game's infamous Level 13. But if any slacker can do it, Cam can.

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School Library Journal

Gr 4-7--In this follow-up to Slacker, Cameron Boxer still just wants to play video games, and he thinks he's found the way to do it. If he can establish himself as a popular livestreamer with 50,000 subscribers, he can maintain his lifestyle. There are just a few problems: he has to keep his grades up or his parents will stop him from gaming; he's still president of his school's wildly popular Positive Action Group (P.A.G.), and those responsibilities really cut into gaming time; and right now, his stream has only eight followers. Cam inadvertently kills two birds with one stone. When he tells the P.A.G. members that he's stepping aside because of failing grades, enthusiastic Daphne takes on presidential duties and many supportive P.A.G. members start slipping Cam completed homework assignments on the sly. The problem of livestream followers is solved when Elvis the beaver proves to be an avid fan of gaming, and when he appears in Cam's stream, the feed blows up. Of course, if the P.A.G. learns that he's gaming rather than studying, and if Daphne discovers that he's removing Elvis from his habitat, it's not just the livestream that will blow up in Cam's face. This fast-paced, funny novel features short chapters from a variety of perspectives. Korman's humor and gaming references are on point, and reluctant readers will race through the book. Some may find the ending somewhat anticlimactic, but others will enjoy the irony. All will find that the story makes more sense if they have already read Slacker. VERDICT Purchase where the previous title is popular.--Misti Tidman, Mansfield/Richland County Public Library, OH

Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

Praise for Swindle:

Scary, funny, and hysterical adventures! — Chicago Tribune

Pure fun from top to bottom. — School Library Journal

Praise for The Hypnotists:

Fast-paced... an entertaining mix of intense action and goofy fun. — Publishers

Praise for Ungifted:

A gem for readers looking for a book where the underdog comes out on top. — Voice of Youth Advocates

Funny and insightful. — Publishers Weekly

Praise for Schooled:

* This rewarding novel features an engaging main character and some memorable
moments of comedy, tenderness, and reflection. — Booklist, starred review
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Scholastic Press
Publication date
June 20, 2019
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV039000 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | General
JUV002160 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Mammals
JUV032040 - Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Games - General
JUV049000 - Juvenile Fiction | Computers & Digital Media
Library of Congress categories
Parent and child
Middle schools
Social action
Video games

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