The Unteachables (Hardcover)

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The Unteachables comes across as Mr Holland's Opus meets The Breakfast Club, for young readers. The story is hilariously written and as sweet as the sound of a 500 horse-power engine. Korman is one of my favorite contemporary writers of middle school-based stories, and this rates right up there with his previous book, Restart. He knows how to pull at the heartstrings and make you laugh. His misfit characters have distinctive personalities that are unusual enough to keep them from feeling cliché. You'll be cheering for them, guaranteed. Ages 9-12.

— From Jenna


A hilarious new middle grade novel from beloved and bestselling author Gordon 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 DayThis middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling. It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom.

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.

About the Author

Gordon Korman published his first book at age fourteen and since then has written more than ninety middle grade and teen novels. Favorites include the New York Times bestselling Ungifted, Supergifted, The Unteachables, Pop, Schooled, and the Masterminds series. Gordon lives with his family on Long Island, New York. You can visit him online at

Praise For…

“[An] underdog story that champions teamwork, kindness, and hidden sparks.”
— Publishers Weekly

“Korman infuses such humanity into this tightly controlled ensemble piece and so deftly skewers school politics and classroom management eccentricities that middle-schoolers will recognize and appreciate both the absurdities and the frustrations.”  
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“This crowd-pleasing school story delivers the straightforward humor and warmth that Korman’s many fans expect.”
— School Library Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062563880
ISBN-10: 0062563882
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: January 8th, 2019
Pages: 288
Language: English