My Miserable Life

Written by F. L. Block, Illustrated by Edward Hemingway

Ben Hunter has a miserable life — M-I-S-E-R-A-B-L-E! His sister will only talk to him through text messages, his mom won’t let him eat sugar or even go for a bike ride unchaperoned, and a bully at school steals all of his friends. Told in Ben’s voice, through entries from his school journal with commentary from his teacher, this very funny and often poignant narrative chronicles an eventful year in the life of a thoughtful fourth grader.

There are many aspects of this book that students will relate to and enjoy. Sometimes we all get wrapped up in the things that are going wrong in our life and forget to see the good. That is what happens to Ben. This book is a good reminder to focus and find the positive things and the difference it can make. Those who like Diary of a Wimpy Kid will probably like this one too.

Review by Vanessa Eyre, Robert Frost Media Center
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 3-6

My Miserable Life
Written by F. L. Block, Illustrated by Edward Hemingway
Henry Holt and Company
183 pages
Release Date: June 28, 2016
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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