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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.
Oops.
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.

Paperback, 240 pages
Published on April 25, 2017 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 0545823161
ISBN-13: 9780545823166
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  • jsmyth
    jsmythSunday, July 10, 2016 at 2:08 pm44 stars
    Cameron lives to play video games, but when he is so concentrated on one that he doesn't take a casserole out of the oven and the local firemen respond and ax through the front door, his parents are NOT pleased. His parents are concerned because he does nothing else, and while they don't take his video console out into the backyard and set fire to it (like I would!), they demand that he participate in other activities at school to get him out of the basement. With friends Chuck and Pavel, he creates a Positive Action Group, and posts a blurb about it on the school web site. Thinking he can show that to his parents and be done, he contentedly goes back to trying to best Evil McKillPeople on his game... until the ultra-motivated Daphne shows up at his front door, demanding to join. Her purpose is to get help in saving a local beaver, Elvis, whose home has been destroyed by a new highway off ramp project. It gets worse when she brings the group to the attention of Mr. Fanshaw, who hopes to use the group to sell raffle tickets for a fundraiser. Soon, a class president wannabe, a football players on academic probation, and a huge number of other students want to join the group. Cameron is forced to do something. After trying to sneak off to play video games while raking leaves for senior citizens, Cameron accidentally saves an elderly lady who has fallen and makes the news. This encourages more students to join, but also brings the group to the attention of the high school groups, the Friends of Fuzzy. Their leader, Jen, wants all of the attention for herself, so gets her group to sabotage the P.A.G. Things culminate when both groups decide to work against the old highway off ramp being taken down. Will Cameron be able to go back to his old ways once he is no longer in danger of losing his video gaming privileges? Cameron starts off as a fairly nondescript character, but that is a perfect foil for the outspoken Daphne, self-involved String, and deliciously and deceptively evil younger sister Melody. The parents are supportive and helpful but rather clueless, which is a brilliant way to depict parents in a middle grade book. Mr. Fanshaw (whose name Cameron can't remember, leading to a host of amusing attempts like "Mr. Fanny-pack") and the other teachers are humorous, but also sympathetic and realistic. As with any Korman book, the biggest draw for me is the writing. It is fast-paced (all middle grade books should start with an explosion, or with immolating ziti!) and packed with laugh out loud phrases. My favorite passage (from the ARC): "How many members does the Positive Action Group have?" Members? Exactly the same number as the Stick-Your-Head-in-the-Furnace Club and the Leap-the -Grand-Canyon Society."
    • mandomerlie
      mandomerlieTuesday, July 5, 2016 at 9:12 am55 stars
      Cameron Boxer. When this name is told to any schoolkid they think of the lazy, fall-asleep-in-class slacker. All he and his friends have for a passion is video games. But his parents want him to start doing something. They say that they will take away his video games if he doesn't begin to do an after school activity. Problem- Cameron doesn't like sports our chess our any of the other activities offered (I guess they don't do video games as an activity). So with the help of his friends he creates PAG (Positive Action Group). It's not a real group but when he hacks into the school website and posts his group - his parents fall for it. But will the PAG solve Cameron's problem once and for all?
      • wingfeather
        wingfeatherSunday, July 3, 2016 at 12:35 pm33 stars
        Cameron's life revolves around video games. So when his parents tell him to get involved in something worthwhile, he has no idea how to save his lifestyle. But with the help of his friends, he creates the perfect solution - a fake club that he is the president of! His parents are totally fooled and it is the perfect solution - until people want to join the club and soon things get out of hand.
        • memoiloveit
          memoiloveitSunday, June 26, 2016 at 10:28 am33 stars
          This is a funny book that probably many kids can relate to because people are more lazy and slack around. It's a very entertaining book for anybody.
          • coreycole
            coreycoleMonday, June 20, 2016 at 11:53 am44 stars
            my mom made me read this when i stayed up all night playing video games. i didnt really know this stuff could really happen it was amazing . this book was totally fun to read but not something i want to happen in real life
            • h2ovanoss
              h2ovanossThursday, June 16, 2016 at 9:57 am
              I recommend this book to alot of people mostly grades 5-8 it is super cool.When I read the first 2 pages I was quickly able to make a text to self because the main character was kinda like me \.
              • h2ovanoss
                h2ovanossThursday, June 16, 2016 at 9:38 am
                OMG that was a funny book they had me on the first and second page I thought he was fighting aliens but he was playing a game in his room and his mom was trying to make him stop I reminded me of myself so I made a text to self thought and it was a really funny image in my head I was laughing so hard on the inside I almost started to cry the author did an amazing job because I image something, something really FUNNY!😂
                • llpanda
                  llpandaThursday, June 16, 2016 at 8:10 am33 stars
                  Cameron Boxer is a slacker that is for sure. He doesn't like anything to get in the way of his "lifestyle" which includes playing non-stop video games.Cameron hopes to play in the Rule the World video game contest. But things change when Cameron almost burns down his house because he was so into a video game. Cameron's parents say that he can't play in Rule the World unless he does something positive. Then Cameron gets an idea to start a fake club the Positive Action Group. He won't do anything with it only put up a fake page on the school website. But when people start taking an interest in the club will Cameron actually have to do something?
                  • awesomeguy2000
                    awesomeguy2000Monday, June 13, 2016 at 4:55 pm
                    This book is really hilarious-especially that he is kind of similar to my friends! Just like them, they always try to dodge homework, except there not a slacker-that is lazy and not doing any work. I really recommend this book because its funny and also, its really funny how hes like most of us!
                    • jordan360spin
                      jordan360spinWednesday, June 8, 2016 at 2:20 pm
                      I like it because he's a slacker like me at home.

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