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From the author of Greetings from Witness Protection! comes another unforgettable middle-grade novel about friendship and family. Devin wants to hit it big on the internet by pulling a stunt at an NBA game--one the entire nation will be watching. Addison can't turn Devin down, but he can barely manage talking to his teachers without freezing up. How's he supposed to handle From the author of Greetings from Witness Protection! comes another unforgettable middle-grade novel about friendship and family. Devin wants to hit it big on the internet by pulling a stunt at an NBA game--one the entire nation will be watching. Addison can't turn Devin down, but he can barely manage talking to his teachers without freezing up. How's he supposed to handle the possibility of being a viral sensation? Addi's not sure why Devin is bent on pulling off this almost-impossible feat. Maybe it has something to do with Devin's dad's hospital bills. Maybe it all goes back to the Double-Barreled Monkey Bar Backflip of Doom. Or maybe it's something else entirely. No matter what, though, it's risky for both of them, and when the big day finally comes, Devin's plan threatens more than just their friendship. With memorable protagonists and a wonderful supporting cast, The Right Hook of Devin Velma is a one-of-kind knockout in middle-grade fiction.


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From the author of Greetings from Witness Protection! comes another unforgettable middle-grade novel about friendship and family. Devin wants to hit it big on the internet by pulling a stunt at an NBA game--one the entire nation will be watching. Addison can't turn Devin down, but he can barely manage talking to his teachers without freezing up. How's he supposed to handle From the author of Greetings from Witness Protection! comes another unforgettable middle-grade novel about friendship and family. Devin wants to hit it big on the internet by pulling a stunt at an NBA game--one the entire nation will be watching. Addison can't turn Devin down, but he can barely manage talking to his teachers without freezing up. How's he supposed to handle the possibility of being a viral sensation? Addi's not sure why Devin is bent on pulling off this almost-impossible feat. Maybe it has something to do with Devin's dad's hospital bills. Maybe it all goes back to the Double-Barreled Monkey Bar Backflip of Doom. Or maybe it's something else entirely. No matter what, though, it's risky for both of them, and when the big day finally comes, Devin's plan threatens more than just their friendship. With memorable protagonists and a wonderful supporting cast, The Right Hook of Devin Velma is a one-of-kind knockout in middle-grade fiction.

30 review for The Right Hook of Devin Velma

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    CONFESSION TIME: The author of this book wrote the BEST book in the world, otherwise known as "Greetings from Witness Protection". I COMPLETELY fangirled over it and the author at BEA in 2017. Made a dang FOOL of myself to tell others how incredibly AWESOME it was. I contacted the author through a lovely book site we were both on and he agreed to come do a signing for us of it. I was THRILLED and fangirled some more. And he agreed to 1) send us an ARC of his next book (this one) and 2) to do a s CONFESSION TIME: The author of this book wrote the BEST book in the world, otherwise known as "Greetings from Witness Protection". I COMPLETELY fangirled over it and the author at BEA in 2017. Made a dang FOOL of myself to tell others how incredibly AWESOME it was. I contacted the author through a lovely book site we were both on and he agreed to come do a signing for us of it. I was THRILLED and fangirled some more. And he agreed to 1) send us an ARC of his next book (this one) and 2) to do a signing of it when it comes out. He sent us an ARC, as he promised to do. I let my bookstore boss read it first, because she LOVED Greetings. She LOVED it. Then I let the mother of my S.O. read it, since she tried to hide my copy of Greetings and pretend she had given it back to me she loved it that much. She also loved this book. But I was afraid to read it. What if it didn't live up to my expectations? What if it just couldn't compete with Greetings (aka the best book of all time)? What if it was SO GOOD that I was ruined for any other book I ever read again, unless it was a book by this author. I was paralyzed. I just COULDN'T read this book. And then the author was all like, "So have you read it yet?" And I was ashamed I let my neurotic behavior prevent me from reading this book. So I hiked up my big girl pants, took a deep breath, and went for it! And HOLY CATS, this book was so AWESOME!!! Funny and REAL and sad and true and just absolutely PERFECT. Now, it's not the best book in the whole wide world (aka Greetings), but it is DANG TOOTIN CLOSE. It's like when you have more than one cat. You love them all, but you love them all differently, not more or less. I sincerely LOVED this book and am GROVELING FOR FORGIVENESS from the author that I didn't read it immediately upon receipt. (Full disclosure-I also received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, because the book was so precious, it didn't leave the house and I needed an immediate copy for my fix. They were very gracious and granted me the ebook form of it. So now I can read it anywhere. Which makes driving a challenge! Just kidding, I only read at red lights...) So yeah, this review is pretty much me going fangirl on how awesome it is without giving anything away of the plot. Or the setting. Or the characters. Soon I'm going to do a tad of what I liked about those things without being spoilery, cuz you need to read this book. As with the first book, the young characters were snarky, but not rude. They were realistic. The adults were present and while they had their own issues, they were adults about it and they were the ones who dealt with them. The adults were present and loving, not perfect, but they were THERE. No love interests, the MC and his BFF are 12, but there is a crush interest, which is realistic. Some serious issues, mostly financial and the health of one of the parents is a big deal, but no Disney orphan/one parent trope. One somewhat scary scene, but not violent. This would be a great book for a precocious younger reader to middle grade on up. Like old fogie adult on up, like me. It is very well written, so it wouldn't bore adults to tears. I was in awe of his writing chops while laughing at most of it to be honest. SO GOOD!!! 5, wowthatwassogoodandIneedmoreof yourbooks,orheckevenyourgrocerylistprettyplease, stars. Move "Greetings from Witness Protection" and this book to the top of your TBR. They are fast reads and they will make you laugh and cry. I had tears in my eyes from this book. My thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jean-Marie

    This is a sweet, feel good, humorous middle school buddy story. My 11-year old really enjoyed it and laughed out loud quite a bit. Popular cultural references help the story feel relevant to today's middle grade readers. While my son and I loved best friends Addison and Devin, it was the Gs who stole the show. Triple G and her dentures...ha! In fact, the author did a great job developing all the characters in the story. Each one had his or her own unique narrative. This is a fun read that also t This is a sweet, feel good, humorous middle school buddy story. My 11-year old really enjoyed it and laughed out loud quite a bit. Popular cultural references help the story feel relevant to today's middle grade readers. While my son and I loved best friends Addison and Devin, it was the Gs who stole the show. Triple G and her dentures...ha! In fact, the author did a great job developing all the characters in the story. Each one had his or her own unique narrative. This is a fun read that also touches on anxiety, illness, death, money, friendship, and family. Two thumbs up. I received this book as an advance reader's edition through a goodread's giveaway.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lorie Barber

    Thanks to Feiwel & Friends for an advanced copy of this book. It is author and teacher Jake Burt’s sophomore effort, and is quite a departure from his debut adventure, Greetings From Witness Protection. In The Right Hook of Devin Velma, Addison and Devin are best friends, and have been since first grade. But their friendship is put to the challenge as both begin to experience challenges in their own lives. Will their friendship withstand these tests, or will they go their own way. This book Thanks to Feiwel & Friends for an advanced copy of this book. It is author and teacher Jake Burt’s sophomore effort, and is quite a departure from his debut adventure, Greetings From Witness Protection. In The Right Hook of Devin Velma, Addison and Devin are best friends, and have been since first grade. But their friendship is put to the challenge as both begin to experience challenges in their own lives. Will their friendship withstand these tests, or will they go their own way. This book was such an awesome example of friendship. Addi and Devin are quite opposite, but they help each other, cover for each other, and have each other’s backs. Told from Addi’s POV, we got to see Devon through his eyes, and also got to see how Addi deals with his anxiety - with humor and self-awareness. Burt really knows middle grade kids, and he develops these characters through insightful inner thinking, crisp, on-point dialogue, and realistic responses to things that happen to them. Any middle grader who has had issues with friendships or struggles with anxiety will see themselves in this book. Which pretty much means that this beautifully written book is for everyone! Add it to your Library when it comes out this fall!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cassie Thomas

    Devin and Addi's story took me back to a time when friends were the most important thing, good friends that is. I felt so much nostalgia when they were having these schemes to try and attempt to fix their parents problems (with terrible ideas), and especially when they were having their moms plan their sleepovers. As a young kid, I remember fighting with my best friend and never really understanding the importance of that friend and how much they truly meant to me - until now, now that I'm an ad Devin and Addi's story took me back to a time when friends were the most important thing, good friends that is. I felt so much nostalgia when they were having these schemes to try and attempt to fix their parents problems (with terrible ideas), and especially when they were having their moms plan their sleepovers. As a young kid, I remember fighting with my best friend and never really understanding the importance of that friend and how much they truly meant to me - until now, now that I'm an adult and have went through terrible things and those best friends are still alongside me. This story will be a heartprint book for middle grade readers who need to be reminded to be true to that best friend and why they are/were your best friend to begin with. The plot was all woven together perfectly. I can't wait to share with my students next fall.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Leonard Kim

    Greetings from Witness Protection! was a promising debut, and Burt’s talent is evident here too. Compared to Greetings, I thought this book felt more “experienced” but also perhaps a little more conventional. Nevertheless, I will look out for Burt’s next book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus When Devin's father lands in the hospital after a heart attack, he is concerned that the family won't be able to pay the medical bills. He hopes that by filming an impossible trick on the monkey bars, the Double-Barreled Monkey Bar Backflip of Doom, it will go viral and bring attention to him so that he can raise the money. His best friend Addison is supposed to help him film and spread the word, but Addison has a lot of anxiety and is prone to "freezing", so doesn't get E ARC from Edelweiss Plus When Devin's father lands in the hospital after a heart attack, he is concerned that the family won't be able to pay the medical bills. He hopes that by filming an impossible trick on the monkey bars, the Double-Barreled Monkey Bar Backflip of Doom, it will go viral and bring attention to him so that he can raise the money. His best friend Addison is supposed to help him film and spread the word, but Addison has a lot of anxiety and is prone to "freezing", so doesn't get the video even though Devin does manage the trick. Addison's family struggles as well, but are close with Devin's family. Devin comes up with the great idea to get on the "kiss cam" at a professional basketball game behind a celebrity couple, and since his sister is on their cheer squad, manages to get into the game and the two even get on the camera-- but Devin slips and Addison is caught on tape saving his friend from falling over the railing. Addison is the one the rockets to fame, which irritates Devin. It takes a lot of understanding, and some help from Addison's parents, for him to understand the dynamics of his relationship with Devin, Devin's fears for his father, and a way to help his friends family deal with the father's medical issues. Strengths: I've never understood why the default in middle grade literature is for parents to be dead or uninvolved. Sure, it gives characters a lot of freedom to have adventures, but I wish that more realistic stories had more constructive parental involvement. This even had Devin's great-great-grandmother, and the math supporting having all of those generations! Both families had some job insecurity, and Addison lived in an apartment with some difficulties for which HE felt somewhat responsible. There are more and more books showing realistic challenges faced by children who might be concerned about growing out of shoes from the dollar store, about having food on the table, and about the job situations of their parents. This book is able to balance those worries with the more common middle school worries about friends, and imbues it all with a good sense of humor and a general air of hopefulness in the face of adversity. This makes it a good book for children who do face difficult situations, because it shows them some coping strategies, and children who don't have to face these situations will hopefully learn that "everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" and will encourage them to be empathetic. Weaknesses: Can you really make money going viral on YouTube? I think that is one of those things that 12-year-olds believe more than I do. What I really think: Definitely purchasing, and so pleased to see this one. It's a stand alone, has a great cover, and is Sonnenblick-esque in that it covers serious issues in a humorous way.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kathie

    I’m not setting any reading goals for 2019, but if I was, one of them would be to read the books I buy in a more timely fashion! I really enjoyed Jake Burt’s debut novel GREETINGS FROM THE WITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM, so I bought THE RIGHT HOOK OF DEVIN VELMA shortly after it was released at the beginning of October. I finally sat down to read it this weekend, and then kicked myself for waiting so long to pick it up. What I loved about this book: This book hits the middle grade sweet spot, about 5 I’m not setting any reading goals for 2019, but if I was, one of them would be to read the books I buy in a more timely fashion! I really enjoyed Jake Burt’s debut novel GREETINGS FROM THE WITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM, so I bought THE RIGHT HOOK OF DEVIN VELMA shortly after it was released at the beginning of October. I finally sat down to read it this weekend, and then kicked myself for waiting so long to pick it up. What I loved about this book: This book hits the middle grade sweet spot, about 5th grade (which isn’t a coincidence since Jake teaches 5th grade), and it’s been a while since I read a book that was funny, yet touching, realistic fiction with male protagonists aimed at this audience. Addison freezes up whenever he has to talk to someone with whom he isn’t comfortable, but his best friend, Devin, is trying to become an Internet sensation and taking Addi along with him on his crazy adventures. When one of Devin’s ideas has some serious repercussions, Addi needs to decide how far he’s willing to go to help his friend. I’ve said this before, but I really think there is a need for shorter realistic fiction middle grade chapter books like this one, with content that appeals but is under 250 pages. I also really liked the way social media was addressed, and the role in plays in young people’s lives. I think it could make an excellent classroom discussion, and show that likes and followers are not a true reflection of self worth. I really hope more people will pick up this book, and actually read it!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura Gardner

    Thanks to @macmillankidsbooks for the free book to share with #kidlitexchange! #partner This one isn't out until October, but it belongs at the top of your pre-order list for the fall! ~*~*~*~*~* swipe for the back! ~*~*~*~*~* I love, love, LOVED WITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM by #jakeburt so I couldn't wait to read his newest book. THE RIGHT HOOK OF DEVIN VELMA did not disappoint. Here's why: ~ it's both hilarious and heartfelt. I giggled out loud and let out a bit of a sob at the end. ~ Addi Gerhardt's Thanks to @macmillankidsbooks for the free book to share with #kidlitexchange! #partner This one isn't out until October, but it belongs at the top of your pre-order list for the fall! ~*~*~*~*~* swipe for the back! ~*~*~*~*~* I love, love, LOVED WITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM by #jakeburt so I couldn't wait to read his newest book. THE RIGHT HOOK OF DEVIN VELMA did not disappoint. Here's why: ~ it's both hilarious and heartfelt. I giggled out loud and let out a bit of a sob at the end. ~ Addi Gerhardt's crippling anxiety-- we need more depictions of this in #kidlit! ~ Devin's grandmas are THE BEST. I want a Triple G in my life! ~ great candidate for a read aloud! short, engaging and funny ~ extremely readable...as in, sit on the couch, get a couple of snacks and finish it in one sitting readable. I'm putting this one on a future summer reading list right now. You're all going to love it! ~*~*~*~*~* --

  9. 4 out of 5

    LeeAnne

    "I finally figured out why my best friend Devin punched me in the face." That's how this sweet middle-grade book about friendship making it through hard times. Devin is trying to get famous so that he can help his family with his father's medical bills. He needs his friend Addison's help, but Addison has his own problems to work through. Working together they may just figure out that they had everything they needed all along - each other.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Tanner

    Jake Burt has such a gift for writing characters and a story line that are so interesting and yet so similar to people you know, you feel a little (or a lot) sad when the story is over because these characters have become your friends! This is his second book (and I loved the first one) and it has such a terrific story about Addison and his best friend Devin. They've been friends since they were in kindergarten and each of them have hit a bit of a rough patch. Devin has a brilliant idea for solv Jake Burt has such a gift for writing characters and a story line that are so interesting and yet so similar to people you know, you feel a little (or a lot) sad when the story is over because these characters have become your friends! This is his second book (and I loved the first one) and it has such a terrific story about Addison and his best friend Devin. They've been friends since they were in kindergarten and each of them have hit a bit of a rough patch. Devin has a brilliant idea for solving the problems that involves a highly complicated social media blitz. And it works but in a completely different way than anyone could have foreseen. I think the kids are going to love this one!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Margie

    Great reading for 10-14 year old or anyone who enjoys a quick and fun story. I enjoyed this authors other book just as much and recommend him.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Karina

    I loved this author’s previous book, GREETINGS FROM WITNESS PROTECTION, and I thought this was just an amazing! Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance copy for review. I suspect this book will be a huge hit with middle grade readers and beyond.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    What lengths would you go to to help your family if your dad got sick? Well Devin Velma wants to become a social media sensation so that he can make a lot of money to help his family with his dad's hospital bills. He knows if he can nail the Double-Barreled Monkey Bar Backflip of Doom on video it will be easy money. The problem is, Devin on has one Twitter follower and that is his best friend, Addison (and technically Addison doesn't have an account - Devin created it just so he would have one f What lengths would you go to to help your family if your dad got sick? Well Devin Velma wants to become a social media sensation so that he can make a lot of money to help his family with his dad's hospital bills. He knows if he can nail the Double-Barreled Monkey Bar Backflip of Doom on video it will be easy money. The problem is, Devin on has one Twitter follower and that is his best friend, Addison (and technically Addison doesn't have an account - Devin created it just so he would have one follower). By some miracle, Devin does nail this impossible move but Addison failed to get it on video. So when Devin comes up with another crazy stunt idea Addison feels obligated to help him whether he wants to or not. Devin wants to become an internet sensation by flashing his painted check behind a couple of celebrities at an NBA game. Everything is going according to plan until the kiss cam is done earlier than normal. When Devin takes off from the upper deck to try to get to the camera, things go completely wrong. Will Devin be able to pull off this impossible stunt in order to save his family? Or will it become a complete flop? Will Devin and Addison make choices that could ruin a life-long friendship? Read this amazing story of family, friendship, love, and a whole lot of humor! This is one you don't want to miss!! I absolutely love this story!! Devin and Addison and their family is as close as close can be, but Devin and Addison are completely opposite. Devin is outgoing a crazy and Addison freezes up when any attention is put on him. I think this is great to show kids that they can have all types of friends. This book is also hilarious. The characters in this story have such a great wit about them. Don't let this one pass you up!! Follow me: Blog - Blazer Tales - https://blazertales.com/ Facebook - Laurie’s Library Place - https://www.facebook.com/LauriesLibra... Instagram - laurieslibrary - https://www.instagram.com/laurieslibr... Twitter - @laurieevans27 https://twitter.com/laurieevans27?lan... Goodreads - Laurie Purser - https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1... Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/auburngirl2... YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCulD...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mrs. Hornick

    Fame can be everything for some people. Without fame these people think that they just aren't good enough. Just like Devin the main character in The Right Hook of Devin Velma by Jake Burt feels. When Devin’s dad gets sick, his family can not afford the medical bills for him to get the care he needs. So Devin had a great idea that if he can make a video on Youtube and become trending then he will be able to make enough money to pay off his dad's medical bills. He expects to trending by doing craz Fame can be everything for some people. Without fame these people think that they just aren't good enough. Just like Devin the main character in The Right Hook of Devin Velma by Jake Burt feels. When Devin’s dad gets sick, his family can not afford the medical bills for him to get the care he needs. So Devin had a great idea that if he can make a video on Youtube and become trending then he will be able to make enough money to pay off his dad's medical bills. He expects to trending by doing crazy stunts to impress people. He decides to do this with one of his friends named Addison Gerhardt. Addison (Addi) knew that what Devin wanted was insane from the moment that he heard his idea. Devin wanted to go a crazy stunt on live TV at a NBA game that was unmissable. Of course, Addi could not turn Devin down, but he still thought that it was insane what his friend was going to do, just for some fame. Addi could not understand why Devin was wanting fame and money. He thought it might be because of his dad's medical bills but he was unsure. Addi could barely talk to his teachers without stumbling. How is he supposed to be a viral sensation when he can barely talk to his teacher because of what he is doing? This book would be great for kids who think fame is everything. Also, it could show caring to someone because Devin cared so much about his dad that he was willing to risk his life just so his dad could get the help that he needs. This book can teach kids that fame is not always what you think it will be. This book is This is because fame can go very wrong or it could work out. Also, this book is very funny, but yet it there are some impractical events that are mentioned and it has to be understood that these events should never occur in the real world. Finally, this book shows just how powerful friendship can be so read The Right Hook of Devin Velma by Jake Burt to find out what happens to Devin and his friend Addi.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    The Right Hook of Devin Velma By Jake Burt #jakeburt Published by Feiwel and Friends #feiwelandfriends @macmillankidsbooks Many thanks to the author, the publisher and @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book, which will be released October 2. All opinions are my own Oh, my, Jake Burt, who wrote one of my favorite MG novels from 2017, Witness Protection, has done it again! This is definitely five stars! He has written a beautiful story about friendship, extended families and the impact that The Right Hook of Devin Velma By Jake Burt #jakeburt Published by Feiwel and Friends #feiwelandfriends @macmillankidsbooks Many thanks to the author, the publisher and @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book, which will be released October 2. All opinions are my own Oh, my, Jake Burt, who wrote one of my favorite MG novels from 2017, Witness Protection, has done it again! This is definitely five stars! He has written a beautiful story about friendship, extended families and the impact that social media has on our lives. Here are some things I especially loved about this story: Devin’s extended family including his grandma, great grandma and great great grandma all living under one roof, and not only supporting Devin, but loving Addison as one of their own. The love and support between the two families who have been friends for many years and ALWAYS have Saturday night dinner together Even though both families are struggling financially, their insistence that the twelve year old best friends need to do their best in school, and most importantly just be kids, rather than scheming to help their families by becoming social media stars. The true friendship between Devin and Addison, even after Devin gives Addison a black eye. The “tough love” that both families show toward their sons when they learn about their scheme. The humor, compassion and firmness exhibited by both sets of parents when they outline the consequences of the scheme. The growth shown by both boys I highly recommend this be added to every librarian’s “back to school” order. You’re going to need lots of copies! @misspitlick7 this is coming your way!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Crouch

    Thank you to Jake Burt and Feiwel and Friends for providing #collabookation an ARC to share and review. Addison and Devin are true examples of opposites complementing each other. Addison is big to Devin’s small, timid to Devin’s voracious, and a conversational fumbler to Devin’s smooth-talking skills. These two have been best friends since kindergarten. Their families are close, and they have great stories of adventurous mishaps. I could've stuck with these two through more crazy stories - they r Thank you to Jake Burt and Feiwel and Friends for providing #collabookation an ARC to share and review. Addison and Devin are true examples of opposites complementing each other. Addison is big to Devin’s small, timid to Devin’s voracious, and a conversational fumbler to Devin’s smooth-talking skills. These two have been best friends since kindergarten. Their families are close, and they have great stories of adventurous mishaps. I could've stuck with these two through more crazy stories - they reminded me of the oft-repeated tales of my husband’s childhood, danger and laughter ending every unbelievable recollection. Alas, a collection of stories does not a plot make. Enter a beloved father’s illness, an unscrupulous landlord, and terrible insurance coverage, and the boys hatch a wild plan to fix everything. This book is delightful. It got straight to the action, and both main characters were equally lovable. I struggled to pinpoint what I love the most: the stories, the families, the hare-brained schemes Devin cooks up ~ these are all strong elements. Ultimately, for me the best aspect is how attuned and sensitive both Devin and Addison are. They are so organically caring and kind. They take on the plight of their families, and everything they do has a greater purpose. But don't be fooled, it magically stays lighthearted. I smiled the entire way through this book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Right Hook of Devin Velma will be published in October, 2018.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Thank you @kidlitexchange for a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. I am a huge fan of Burt’s first novel, Greetings from Witness Protection! so I jumped at the chance to read his second middle grade story. He definitely has a gift for great storytelling and developing relatable characters. I was instantly drawn to Addison because I could identify with his battle against social anxiety. He freezes and becomes tongue tied when someone talks to him or puts him in an uncomfortable si Thank you @kidlitexchange for a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. I am a huge fan of Burt’s first novel, Greetings from Witness Protection! so I jumped at the chance to read his second middle grade story. He definitely has a gift for great storytelling and developing relatable characters. I was instantly drawn to Addison because I could identify with his battle against social anxiety. He freezes and becomes tongue tied when someone talks to him or puts him in an uncomfortable situation. Goodness, I needed this character when I was younger. I can only imagine how wonderful it will be for readers who battle the same feelings to finally see similarities in a main character!!! His inner dialogue was spot on. Devin was a great lead as well. I loved how his character was used to highlight the obsession over social media and gaining likes or followers. Talk about a current issue amongst kids!! Plus Devin’s grandmothers are a riot. Triple D and her dentures got me every single time. This wonderful story is captivating, honest, real, hilarious and touching. It’s about true friendship, how our actions can be a way to cover a deep emotion, the importance of kids not feeling responsible for adult struggles and so much more. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this heartfelt book. It needs to be available in any library. The chapters are quite short and very entertaining making it a perfect read-aloud selection. It’s set to release 9.25.18.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    This is another solid offering from the author of one of my favorites from last year--Greetings from Witness Protection--although I didn't like it quite as much. It features another character with a hidden fragility, disguised behind a big personality or a large body, depending on one's perspective. Desperate to gain attention and money to pay for his father's expensive heart surgery, Devin Vilma concocts a series of plans to gain Internet fame. The most promising one takes place at Staples Aren This is another solid offering from the author of one of my favorites from last year--Greetings from Witness Protection--although I didn't like it quite as much. It features another character with a hidden fragility, disguised behind a big personality or a large body, depending on one's perspective. Desperate to gain attention and money to pay for his father's expensive heart surgery, Devin Vilma concocts a series of plans to gain Internet fame. The most promising one takes place at Staples Arena during a basketball game, but things don't turn out the way he's planned. In fact, Devin is rescued from flying over the guardrails by his best friend, Addison Gerhardt. All of this is caught on the arena's camera, and the two best friends get plenty of fame and attention, but most of it comes to Addison, which causes a rift between the boys, especially when Addi says things he shouldn't have said. He even ends up on a talk show where his fear of public speaking leaves him paralyzed and unable to take advantage of his fifteen minutes of fame. It's nice to have a book that focuses on a solid friendship between two boys without the distractions of romance. I'd have liked to have had some of the loose ends concerning Devin's father's health issues tied up, but I did end up enjoying the story and pondering the friendships we take for granted as well as the things we do for our friends and vice versa.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Addison Gerhardt would do anything for his best friend Devin Velma. After all, it was Devin that rescued him when he accidently locked himself inside of the snack cabinet in kindergarten. Devin has been saving Addison from embarrassing social situations ever since and since every social situation is paralzyingly embarrassing to Addison, it’s almost a daily occurrence. Devin wants to make a viral video. What better way than the Double-Barreled Monkey Bar Backflip of Doom? That stunt almost gets b Addison Gerhardt would do anything for his best friend Devin Velma. After all, it was Devin that rescued him when he accidently locked himself inside of the snack cabinet in kindergarten. Devin has been saving Addison from embarrassing social situations ever since and since every social situation is paralzyingly embarrassing to Addison, it’s almost a daily occurrence. Devin wants to make a viral video. What better way than the Double-Barreled Monkey Bar Backflip of Doom? That stunt almost gets both of them expelled and they didn’t even get it on camera. Devin has other ideas though and they’re all just as bad. Why is he so obsessed with instant fame? Could it have something to do with his dad’s medical bills? Devin’s next big idea ends up being the most dangerous of all and it almost ends their friendship. This is author Jake Burt’s second MG novel. When not writing, he’s teaching fifth graders. It’s obvious in his stories that he “gets” preteens and their unique set of challenges and stresses. Even though the story is full of middle grade humor, Burt touches our hearts with this sweet tale of friendship and loyalty. Oops, I shouldn’t have used the word “sweet” because now boys won’t want to read it. It’s probably best if I don’t mention the scene that made me cry. You might be wondering about the title. I’m not telling. You’ll have to read the book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    Coming Sept. 4, 2018 Devin has one mission… to get famous on the Internet. It could be YouTube, Twitter, anything, he just needs followers. Devin knows if you have followers, you get advertisements which means money, which is what he needs. Addi isn’t quite sure what Devin is up to. First he attempts the Double-Barreled Monkey Bar Backflip of Doom that almost gets him seriously injured and both of them in serious trouble. Then he has a crazy plan to get on tv during a NBA game that almost gets him Coming Sept. 4, 2018 Devin has one mission… to get famous on the Internet. It could be YouTube, Twitter, anything, he just needs followers. Devin knows if you have followers, you get advertisements which means money, which is what he needs. Addi isn’t quite sure what Devin is up to. First he attempts the Double-Barreled Monkey Bar Backflip of Doom that almost gets him seriously injured and both of them in serious trouble. Then he has a crazy plan to get on tv during a NBA game that almost gets him killed! Addi knows Devin’s family needs help, but things are getting out of control and he can’t help himself from “freezing” all the time. But Devin’s his best friend. All Addi can do is hope the plan and his freezing don’t end up ruining their friendship. Jake Burt's second book is quite different from his first title, Greetings from Witness Protection, but I enjoyed it just the same. It's a funny and heartwarming tale of how far you will go for your friends and family. Great story for middle grade readers. Thank you to @macmillankidsbooks for the ARC to share with #booksquad

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    Devin and some of his family members believe there is a curse on the males in his family called the Velma Curse. Due to a recent event, Devin feels it is up to him to break it because if he doesn’t it could mean life or death. Devin believes in order to break the curse he will need his best friend Addison and an opportunity to create a viral video. When the Double-Barreled Monkey Bar Backflip of Doom becomes a flop thanks to Addison’s anxiety it’s up to the boys to come up with a new plan. It sh Devin and some of his family members believe there is a curse on the males in his family called the Velma Curse. Due to a recent event, Devin feels it is up to him to break it because if he doesn’t it could mean life or death. Devin believes in order to break the curse he will need his best friend Addison and an opportunity to create a viral video. When the Double-Barreled Monkey Bar Backflip of Doom becomes a flop thanks to Addison’s anxiety it’s up to the boys to come up with a new plan. It shouldn’t be too hard, viral videos are made all the time, right? While I was initially intrigued by the cover, once I read that Jake Burt is also a 5th grade teacher I knew I had to read it. And boy am I glad I did!!! I loved everything about this book from beginning to end. Burt’s writing reminded me a little bit of James Patterson in the sense that his characters were not only humorous, but also relatable and love-able. We all have at least one friend who we would do anything for, no matter the costs. I cannot wait to get a copy of this book to put in my classroom and continuously recommend to my students. ***I was provided an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I read this book as part of a preview for Books by the Banks 2018. This book would be a great read for middle schoolers or kids in junior high. Devin has always been an attention seeker, but when he asks his best friend, Addison, to film him doing a dangerous acrobatic stunt over recess, he’s taking thing a little too far. And that’s only the beginning of Devin’s ideas of things that will make you famous when uploaded to YouTube. Addison wants to support his friend, but he also has his own issues I read this book as part of a preview for Books by the Banks 2018. This book would be a great read for middle schoolers or kids in junior high. Devin has always been an attention seeker, but when he asks his best friend, Addison, to film him doing a dangerous acrobatic stunt over recess, he’s taking thing a little too far. And that’s only the beginning of Devin’s ideas of things that will make you famous when uploaded to YouTube. Addison wants to support his friend, but he also has his own issues to work through, and their friendship is put to the test. As demonstrated in The Right Hook of Devin Velma by Jake Burt, all relationships, even best friend relationships, include times that are harder than others. Set against backdrops of poverty, illness and multi-generational families, this story about boyhood friends shows how it can be the hard times that prove which friendships can stand the test of time.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Lawler

    Realistic contemporary with humor, which is a hard combination to find in the middle grade fiction. Two boys. Best buds since kinder. Realistic in the sense that one character is the outrageous idea person, and the other is the anxious, “maybe we shouldn't do this” friend. Contemporary Los Angeles with references to rivalries between the Clippers-Warriors teams and the taxi and uber drivers, the newscasters chasing the next 15 minutes of fame event, and of course, twitter. Humor arrives in novel Realistic contemporary with humor, which is a hard combination to find in the middle grade fiction. Two boys. Best buds since kinder. Realistic in the sense that one character is the outrageous idea person, and the other is the anxious, “maybe we shouldn't do this” friend. Contemporary Los Angeles with references to rivalries between the Clippers-Warriors teams and the taxi and uber drivers, the newscasters chasing the next 15 minutes of fame event, and of course, twitter. Humor arrives in novel ways. The hole in the kitchen floor which allows the downstairs neighbor to join in family discussions. The three generations of grandmothers, affectionately known as G, G2, and G3. The principal who can monitor the death defying antics on the playground monkey bars from her strategically placed office window. Highly recommend!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Funny and heartfelt. A story about the joys and challenges of friendship, with likable and convincing characters. Although the plot revolves around a family illness and an attempt to gain a social media following in the hopes of being able to monetize that in order to pay medical bills, it comes across as a bit of a caper. Which is perfect--it deals with serious issues (one of the main characters struggles with anxiety, and both of the kids in the book are very aware of the financial struggles o Funny and heartfelt. A story about the joys and challenges of friendship, with likable and convincing characters. Although the plot revolves around a family illness and an attempt to gain a social media following in the hopes of being able to monetize that in order to pay medical bills, it comes across as a bit of a caper. Which is perfect--it deals with serious issues (one of the main characters struggles with anxiety, and both of the kids in the book are very aware of the financial struggles of their working-class families), but it never feels heavy. A great one for kids who like Gordon Korman, or for any reader of realistic fiction who also likes basketball.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Suew

    A really enjoyable story of very different, yet really the same, best friends! I am still getting my head around books about people looking for their 15 minutes of fame (just read Hank Green’s book which is also about social media fame and its effects for a different age group) but I like the way Jake’s book keeps the characters grounded in the real world with real families. As with every great YA story, these are just kids trying to find their place in the world and I am glad I went along for t A really enjoyable story of very different, yet really the same, best friends! I am still getting my head around books about people looking for their 15 minutes of fame (just read Hank Green’s book which is also about social media fame and its effects for a different age group) but I like the way Jake’s book keeps the characters grounded in the real world with real families. As with every great YA story, these are just kids trying to find their place in the world and I am glad I went along for the ride with them.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Erin Varley

    Yes, you want to be friends with Addi and Devin. Your students want to be friends with Addi and Devin. Make sure this is in your classroom AND school library. So many kids will find a home in these pages, especially during those tough middle school years when learning what kind of friend you want to be and should be. A memorable cast of characters adds to this already well-done story. Buy it. You won't regret it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brandy

    We are so lucky that #bookjaunt was able to get an advanced copy of this book! I will definitely add this to my classroom library as soon as it comes out in October. I love that it puts kids dealing with major family health issues and anxiety front and center. This book will be a mirror for so many readers! You will love getting to know Devin and Addison and following their story of friendship above all else.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    This is a great book for the tween reader ... especially the boys. It is a humorous story of two 12 year old boys, one seemingly with all the confidence in the world but serious family issues and the other with giant anxiety issues, that team up to create an internet sensation. Together, their story is a nice message about friendship, family and forgiveness. It's an easy read that I think most kids will enjoy. I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Pucciarello

    3.5 Kind of surprised at how highly rated this is. What impressed me mostly was the true-to-life dialogue between two 6th graders. The story itself, while thin, was interesting enough, but I kept waiting for more resolution, more emotion, something more to grip me and really care about these characters and their story. I feel like that never quite happened.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    This book is a wonderful story about friendship and love of family. When Devin realizes that hospital bills are going to ruin his family, Devin devises a plan that will pay the bills. His friend Addison is always there to support him--even when things go awry. I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program.

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