{Slacker: Gordon Korman}Slacker by Gordon Korman
Series: Slacker
Published by Scholastic Press on April 26, 2016
Genres: Childrens, Middle School, Realistic Fiction
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover
Source: Store Bought
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{Synopsis} – Cameron Boxer is very happy to spend his life avoiding homework, hanging out with his friends, and gaming for hours in his basement. It’s not too hard for him to get away with it . . . until he gets so caught up in one game that he almost lets his house burn down around him.


It’s time for some serious damage control–so Cameron and his friends invent a fake school club that will make it seem like they’re doing good deeds instead of slacking off. The problem? Some kids think the club is real–and Cameron is stuck being president.

Soon Cameron is part of a mission to save a beaver named Elvis from certain extinction. Along the way, he makes some new friends–and some powerful new enemies. The guy who never cared about anything is now at the center of everything . . . and it’s going to take all his slacker skills to win this round.

{My thoughts} – Cameron Boxer is a rather interesting character. He is a typical middle school boy that enjoys being lost in video games and ignoring the world around him. He is so caught up in his lifestyle as a video gamer that he doesn’t realize all the things that are going on around him. He doesn’t realize how much he is missing out on and how much he could be a help around their small town.

Cameron is home playing video games when his mom tells him that she is going out and he needs to get some food out of the oven in ten minutes. He’d heard part of what she had told him but wasn’t listening. The fire department ends up bursting through their front door when the neighbors call because of massive dark smoke coming out of the windows of the house.

Cameron is so into his game that he doesn’t even realize that the fire department is there. After that incident, his parents end up rather upset with him and tell him he needs to find something else to spend his time doing or he won’t be able to ever play video games again.

Cameron and his friends come up with the idea for the P.A. G. {Positive Action Group} and they put it into play. The object is that he becomes the president of a group of children that do good for the community. His parents fall for his plan hook line and sinker. However, his sister isn’t on board of what he is saying and goes about making things much more difficult for him.

Instead of him being able to sit around and do what he wants like play video games. He and his friends are actually forced into helping the community. Cameron got more then he had bargained for when it came to his sister figuring things out. However, in the end everyone that was involved in the P.A.G. had gotten way more then they bargained for when trying to, and or actually joining the club.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I can imagine it is how a lot of children would like to pass their time. Sitting around playing video games. One of the most unproductive things a child can do. However, the more I read the book the more I got lost in the story. It was really nice to see a child with no ambition sort of come out of their shell. Cameron needed a lot of help and had to be nudged in the right directions, but in the end it turned out that he sort of had the right idea when he’d made the P.A.G. even if it had all been a way to pull a fast one over on his parents.

This is a fun book to read and I am sure that many children to come will enjoy the story. I look forward to reading the next book in the series soon.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.