Josh Baxter Levels Up by Gavin BrownVideo game lover Josh Baxter knows that seventh grade at a new school may be his hardest challenge yet, but hes not afraid to level up and win!
Josh Baxter is sick and tired of hitting the reset button. Its not easy being the new kid for the third time in two years. One mistake and now the middle-school football star is out to get him. And Joshs sister keeps offering him lame advice about how to make friends, as if he needs her help finding allies!
Josh knows that his best bet is to keep his head down and stay under the radar. If no one notices him, nothing can touch him, right? But when Joshs mom sees his terrible grades and takes away his video games, its clear his strategy has failed. Josh needs a new plan, or hell never make it to the next level, let alone the next grade.
Hes been playing not to lose. Its time to play to win.
Josh Baxter Levels Up
Thank you! Josh Baxter has had a hard time since his father died. His mother works around the clock, and his older sister has thrown herself into school, sports, and the social scene. Josh finds refuge in the video games he and his father played together, letting his social life and grades fall by the wayside. When an abysmal progress report makes Josh's mom lock his consoles in her closet, Josh has no choice but to grapple with his crummy middle school experience.
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Scholastic, [p] Trade ed. No matter; Josh will just turn his life into a video game, and he does so with aplomb, mapping out experience points, allies, storylines, and goals that he must accomplish. Even non-gamer kids will likely appreciate Josh, however, as he is earnestly interested in but not always adept at navigating the often baffling social flow of middle school. He is a sympathetic character, even if he messes up a lot, and the characters around him are well developed. The frequent video game references from Pokemon to NES games add humor and the gaming-graphic spot art and big type makes the book visually accessible, helping all the life lessons go down smoothly. Access options available:.