One-Third Nerd

One-Third Nerd

A funny, fast-paced, and heartfelt story from the Newbery Honor-winning author of the Al Capone series. Fifth grade is not for amateurs, according to Liam. Luckily, he knows that being more than one-third nerd is not cool. Liam lives in the Bay area near San Francisco with his mom and two younger sisters. Dakota is fascinated by science and has a big personality but struggl A funny, fast-paced, and heartfelt story from the Newbery Honor-winning author of the Al Capone series. Fifth grad...

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Title:One-Third Nerd
Author:Gennifer Choldenko
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Genres:Realistic Fiction
ISBN:1524718912
Format Type:Paperback

One-Third Nerd Reviews

  • Becky
    Mar 11, 2019
    First sentence: Fifth grade is not for amateurs. You have to watch yourself. Kids notice stuff. What books you read. What sports you follow. What devices you own. And how nerdy you are. Premise/plot: Liam stars in Gennifer Choldenko's newest middle grade novel. Liam has two sisters-...
  • Susan
    Feb 25, 2019
    Very sweet book by the author of the popular Al Capone series, but skews slightly younger. Seamlessly weaves interesting/unusual/challenging subjects into the plot: divorce; love of a pet; child with Downs Syndrome. I especially liked the treatment of Izzy, the youngest sister. Cholden...
  • Mary Lee
    Jul 26, 2019
    There's lots to love about this book -- an accurate portrayal of poverty, divorced parents, life with a Downs sibling and an over-the-top creative/scientific sibling -- but a plot based on a dog peeing on the carpet...nah... ...
  • Susan  Dunn
    Jun 03, 2019
    Fifth grader Liam lives with his mom and two younger sisters and their dog, Cupcake, in a run down apartment in a not-so-great neighborhood. They used to have a house, but when their parents got divorced, the kids and their mom had to move to the apartment. As compensation for downsizi...
  • Tasha
    Jan 07, 2019
    The award-winning author of the Al Capone series returns with a book for younger children. Liam is a fifth grader whose life has gotten complicated. He lives with his mother and two younger sisters in a basement apartment near San Francisco. Fifth grade isn?t the same as younger grad...
  • Barbara
    Feb 18, 2019
    Fifth grader Liam has a lot on his mind. Not only does he need to make sure that he maintains his reputation at school, something that is endangered his sister Dakota's nerdy ways, but he is desperate to find a way to save the family dog, Cupcake. When the landlord realizes that Cupcak...
  • Laurie
    Feb 02, 2019
    Interest Level: 3-6; Reading Level 5.8 Have you ever been embarrassed by your family and your home? Liam has! He lives in a run down apartment with his mom and two sisters.His third grad sister, Dakota, is a full blown nerd who loves science and has a hard time making friends. She i...
  • Karen Arendt
    Nov 18, 2018
    This is such a great story for young people. Liam, Dakota, Izzie, and their dog, Cupcake, are such lovable characters, though Dakota would give any parent gray hair before their time. The children work very hard to keep their dog while keeping up with their daily lives and not letting ...
  • Read  Ribbet
    Mar 25, 2019
    Award winning author of the Al Capone series Gennifer Choldenko embraces a new family f characters in her latest intermediate grade novel One-Third Nerd. This graphically supported chapter book is very accessible. Some compared it to Beverly Clearly's works. The narrative features an o...
  • Debbie Tanner
    Jan 04, 2019
    This funny little chapter book is about Liam, who lives with his mom and two younger sisters in a basement apartment, since his mom and dad separated and divorced awhile back. They have a big German Shepherd that is struggling with incontinence and his middle sister Dakota is determine...
  • Eileen Winfrey
    Aug 12, 2019
    A good book for 3rd graders and up I think. Liam, a tennis playing 5th grader, has to put up with his precociously intelligent 3rd grade sister Dakota, his other sister Izzy, his divorced parents, their financial difficulty and a dog who can't stop peeing in the apartment. With the hel...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Nov 11, 2018
    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Liam is in fifth grade and enjoys playing tennis with his friend Dodge. He doesn't enjoy his younger sister Dakota's antics quite so much-- she loves science, and often conducts ill-advised experiments, such as blowing up watermelons and collecting thei...
  • Jennifer
    Apr 29, 2019
    Another page-turner adventure from Choldenko! Everyone is lovable in this story, including the leaky dog. I love that the storytelling focuses on the kids solving the dog dilemma without calling attention to this divorced family and the siblings' neurological differences. ...
  • Nicole Hewitt
    Jan 27, 2019
    This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction One-Third Nerd is a heartwarming middle grade story about a typically atypical family just trying to get by. I say typically atypical because, let?s face it, in today?s world very few families fit the...
  • Jess at Such a Novel Idea
    Feb 01, 2019
    I received a copy of this book via the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my review in any way. Check out the rest of the review at Such a Novel Idea. For me, there was a very specific reason I picked this book up, beyond the fact that i...
  • Ms.Patterson
    Apr 04, 2019
    An ok family/divorce/friendship story from a boy's perspective. He loves his sisters and is trying to help save the family dog from banishment, despite the mean landlord and everything else working against him. This is a pretty light story overall. ...
  • Meredith
    Aug 10, 2019
    Super sweet, funny, and realistic. I liked that Izzy's Down Syndrome was made out to be a difference, but not a handicap. p. 79: ... Mrs. Johnson tells Dakota, "We'll take questions later." Dakota's arm drops like a boulder. A second later it shoots up again. "Dakota," Mrs. Joh...
  • Michelle Kidwell
    Dec 17, 2018
    One-Third Nerd by Gennifer Choldenko Random House Children's Wendy Lamb Books Children's Fiction Pub Date 29 Jan 2019 I am reviewing a copy of One Third Nerd through Random House Children?s and Netgalley: Liam knows fifth grade is not for amateurs, he knows ...
  • Penny Peck
    Mar 11, 2019
    In this delightful contemporary novel for 3rd through 5th grades, siblings try to earn money so they can take their dog to the vet and cure her problem of peeing indoors, or their landlord will kick them out. Told in first person by brother Liam, he has several friends, kind teachers, ...
  • Mehsi
    Jan 20, 2019
    I received this book from the publisher/tour host in exchange of an honest review. I was so very excited when I got the confirmation that I was accepted for the tour and was scheduled for a review/excerpt. This book has been on my Eep-2019 for some time, so you may just imagine my d...
  • Erin
    Feb 22, 2019
    Sweet sibling dynamic. Deals with recent divorce, sickness in a pet, and tenuous housing situation. ...
  • Martha
    Apr 21, 2019
    Liam and his two sisters live with their mother, who recently separated from their father, in possibly Oakland, CA. Money is tight so their mother works constantly. Liam the oldest is often responsible for taking care of his 2 sisters. A big problem occurs when their dog Cupcake has di...
  • Leonard Kim
    Feb 17, 2019
    The core elements are strong. I end up at 3* not 4* because I do think there were a bit too many extraneous and underdeveloped things here. I did have concerns at first about Dakota, the 100% nerd, as I often do with such characters, but she turned out to be a different character then ...
  • Carli
    Jan 20, 2019
    Thank you to Netgalley and Random House Children?s for the advance Kindle copy of this 1/29/19 release. All opinions are my own. ? ???/5. Liam, a fifth-grader, deals with a lot during the course of this story. His parents are divorced, which causes his family to move into a...
  • Lesley
    Dec 05, 2018
    ?Know why superheroes don?t have sisters?? Moses asks. ?Couldn?t get anything done,? I say. (119) I was captivated by the narrator Liam and his colorful family: his divorced mother who is trying to make ends meet so they can stay in their tiny basement apartment; his th...
  • Lenoire
    Jan 30, 2019
    Liam knows that fifth grade is not for beginners and being more than one-third nerd is not cool. Liam and his family live in the Bay area in San Franciso with his mom and two sisters. Dakota has a big personality and loves science but, has a hard time making friends. Izzy has Down synd...
  • Emily
    Jan 31, 2019
    Although I am having a little bit of trouble believing that a family of three smart kids wouldn't think to look up dog pads or doggy diapers, or how to train your dog to use a litter box, or how to make a baby diaper into a doggy diaper, or, you know, Cupcake's symptoms, I thought that...
  • Jamie
    Mar 14, 2019
    Almost too believable. The inclusion of a younger sister with intellectual disabilities is handled seamlessly--that's not what the book is about--and the characters are all fully formed, warts and all. It's awfully serious; I felt tense the whole time I was reading it! Even as an adult...
  • Kathleen
    Apr 28, 2019
    Likable. Will be a good series. Liam?s an everyman?athletic and smart, but not over the top for either. Has good friends, but also worries about what others think of him. Has an eccentric family, but clearly they love each other and have each other?s backs. I liked the handli...
  • Teresa Grabs
    Dec 01, 2018
    Liam, Dakota, and Izzy live in a basement apartment with their mother and dog, Cupcake. Liam's friend, Dodge, is a staple in their house and soon Liam's new friend, Moses, joins the crew. Cupcake develops medical issues and needs to see an expensive doctor at UC Davis, so the kids try ...