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A hilarious new middle grade novel from beloved and bestselling author Gordan Korman about what happens when the worst class of kids in school is paired with the worst teacher—perfect for fans of Ms. Bixby’s Last Day.

The Unteachables are a notorious class of misfits, delinquents, and academic train wrecks. Like Aldo, with anger management issues; Parker, who can’t read; Kiana, who doesn’t even belong in the class—or any class; and Elaine (rhymes with pain). The Unteachables have been removed from the student body and isolated in room 117.

Their teacher is Mr. Zachary Kermit, the most burned-out teacher in all of Greenwich. He was once a rising star, but his career was shattered by a cheating scandal that still haunts him. After years of phoning it in, he is finally one year away from early retirement. But the superintendent has his own plans to torpedo that idea—and it involves assigning Mr. Kermit to the Unteachables.

The Unteachables never thought they’d find a teacher who had a worse attitude than they did. And Mr. Kermit never thought he would actually care about teaching again. Over the course of a school year, though, room 117 will experience mayhem, destruction—and maybe even a shot at redemption.

Paperback, 304 pages
Published on January 7, 2020 by Balzer + Bray
ISBN-10: 0062563904
ISBN-13: 9780062563903
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  • cookiedough_24
    cookiedough_24Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 12:32 pm44 starsFeatured
    Another amazing book by Gordan Korman! The Unteachables is an amazing book about Mr. Kermit. He is counting down the days until early retirement, eager to get away from teaching. But the class he gets put in for his last year changes EVERYTHING. Mr. Kermit learns that his class is different from all the other classes. They're the Unteachables. Mr. Kermit finds that his class actually CARES about him. What will Mr. Kermit do about early retirement? Amazing! I LOVE it. The only reason I'm putting 4 stars is because there should be at least ONE other good kid in the class. Nothing personal Mr. Korman. I would recommend this book to kids ages 9+. Please read this book!
    • belle252
      belle252Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 11:09 am55 stars
      This is an amazing book that describes the life of Mr. Kermit, and their students, "The Unteachables". Though the Unteachables only come to a separate class because of some of their problems, they never thought they would find a teacher with worse attitude than them. But as the school year goes on, they start to bond better. Kormon could have ended the book there, but Mr. Thaddeus kicked in, with his goal to fire Mr. Kermit. A crazy story with the class, Emma, and Mr. Terronova polishes this book and creates a remarkable story.
      • hedgeguin2
        hedgeguin2Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 6:09 pm
        Great book so far. I read the preview of it in Shelf Stuff, and now this book is on my “to read” list! The author does a really good job in keeping you interested and the book has lots of detail!
        • auntieb
          auntiebTuesday, May 21, 2019 at 12:58 pm55 stars
          Mr. Kermit is counting down the days till his retirement from Greenwich Middle School, where he has worked for over 27 years and after this semester will qualify for early retirement - something the Superintendent is dead set against giving him, so he puts him in class SCS-8 - otherwise known as the unteachables, the kid's who have problems and issues. Well, all but one, Kiana, she isn't even enrolled at Greenwich but she's a short-timer so she doesn't care. But then things start getting weird........the teacher (Mr. Kermit) doesn't teach, the classroom next to them is taught by Mr. Kermit's old Fiancee's daughter, who was a Kindergarten teacher last year and is trying to use the same teaching methods on 7th graders!! But her methods are.........working? Join this UNBELIEVABLE book about a teacher who doesn't teach was involved in a cheating scandal, has the same name as a muppet, and is just waiting to retire - at least that's what he thinks, after all these are the UNTEACHABLES. (I loved this book! Thanks to DOGO for choosing me to win it) :D
          • kruzingwithk9s
            kruzingwithk9sSaturday, May 18, 2019 at 2:18 pm55 stars
            (WARNING, POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD) Mr. Ribbit- er Kermit, was a teacher that was always happy to teach, he wanted to shape young minds and make them successful. However, now the only thing he thinks about is his retirement in June. The principal, who is out to get Kermit, puts him in room SCS-8. The unteachable's. At first, he doesn't even notice when his students come in ribbit-ing. But he helps them, though it never looked like he cared about what was on their worksheets. When the principal is about to fire Mr. Kermit, the students come in and save the day! I'm sorry if there was too many spoilers, but this is a great book!
            • 1234567Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 6:42 am
              i love this book it is great!
              • luvmylipgloss
                luvmylipglossThursday, April 4, 2019 at 3:24 pm55 stars
                Looks good
                • theboss2134456
                  theboss2134456Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 1:16 pm55 stars
                  it is so good
                  • chlooe
                    chlooeWednesday, April 3, 2019 at 3:33 pm55 starsFeatured
                    Have you ever gone to a school where you there's a class that is for 'bad kids'? Well, in Greenwich middle school, a class called SCS-8 is filled with kids that are misfits and delinquents. Kids like Aldo; who has anger management issues, Parker; who doesn't know how to read, Kiana; who isn't even registered in a class, and Elaine; who rhymes with 'pain'. Their teacher is Mr. Kermit, who was caught in a cheating scandal from his years of teaching and shattered his confidence in teaching. In this book, Mr. Kermit and the kids work with each other and slowly build up the teacher-student bond. The teacher still tries to fight through all the issues in his job to keep teaching. After reading this book and seeing all characters' perspectives, I finally understood how it felt to be a different peron, not just being a regular person at school. I hope you guys take a shot at this book because this book can be based in a real-life-school situation.
                    • bacon_bitzz
                      bacon_bitzzMonday, April 8, 2019 at 3:03 am55 stars
                      Wow!! Nice review! I love it!! Now I really want to read that book!!!!😀💪
                      • chlooe
                        chlooeMonday, April 29, 2019 at 2:48 pm55 stars
                        Thank you!!!
                    • bookstory14
                      bookstory14Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 2:24 pm55 stars
                      This is another amazing novel by Gordan Korman! The Unteachables is about an incredible story that happens when you put the grumpiest teacher with the kids that don't seem to fit anywhere else! There's the boy who can't seem to stay awake, the injured athlete, the girl who doesn't even go there, and so many more amazing kids who are actually much better souls than they seem! But Mr. Kermit can't see that. He's just determined to get through the school year and retire early. But you can't put kids who are good at heart but seem worse with the teacher who was cheated without getting chaos....or can you? This is a short, heartwarming tale that made me laugh and wish. It's incredible! Gordon Korman has done it again!