Guys Against the Girls By Lauren Baratz-Logsted

guysvsgirlsGuys Against the Girls – Hat City Middle School Series Book 1

By Lauren Baratz-Logsted

109 pages – ages 9+

Published by Hat City Press on December 3, 2012

It all started when Ms. Robinson’s class had a substitute, Mrs. C. Mrs. C had the kids do math drills but would only call on the boys, “proving” her point that boys are better than girls at math. The girls are outraged at this and tell Ms. Robinson when she returns. Their teacher tells them the horrible truth, some people actually believe (incorrectly) that boys are better than girls at math and they believe (incorrectly) that girls are better at verbal skills than boys. Soon the boys and girls are competing at everything! The boys and girls decide to have a contest to see who is really the best at math and verbal skills.

This was an interesting realistic fiction book. I can say as a fifth-grader, a lot of the kids in the book seem like kids I would know. The plot is very believable and it is also a fun story. I like the conflict in the story, the prejudice people have for boys or girls. I think the story makes kids think about how they can stereotype a person just because they are a boy or girl. I like how the chapters are set up and how it alternates first person point of view between different characters. The ending is great too (I won’t give it away). The book is appropriate for younger kids, but I think kids 9+ will be able to relate to the story better than younger kids.

Five out of five bookworms for “Guys Against the Girls”! fivebooks

To learn more about Ms. Baratz-Logsted and her other books, please visit her website by clicking HERE.

Book 2 in the Hat City Middle School Series, “Robbie Knightley”, is out and it is also on my TBR list!


Categories: Age 9+

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21 replies

  1. This sounds both realistic and fun, Erik! I can just imagine the class I was in when I was in 5th grade doing something like this… Thanks for telling us about this book!

  2. A great topic for kids to talk about. I know it happens and what better way to bring it out into the open than through a book. Sounds like a very good read!

  3. I tried to LIKE Erik, but was not allowed for some reason best left in the realm of mystery. This is a great subject. It is so easy for stereotyping to begin at a very early age.

  4. Excellent subject matter. It is so important to catch stereotyping at a young age.

  5. I don’t know if you have received my comments or not. I am having difficulty posting. I am trying again. Great post and important that children should understand stereotyping.

  6. I like this idea. Guys against girls. Mom is sure the stereotype isn’t true about girls not being good at math. But you can’t prove it by her! She stinks at math!! Me too!

    Love and licks,

  7. I think my boys would take this competition and run with it. Their poor sister. Good thing she’s bigger and stronger, lol.

  8. Great review Erik! This book sounds like a pretty fun read! Thanks!

  9. It sounds so authentic, Erik. Great way to break down some stereotyping.

  10. Girls rule, boys drool. That is all. 😀

  11. Very interesting. This is one of the topics I usually cover in my graduate class (with teachers). Perhaps in addition to boring journal academic articles, I should get them to read this as a fun supplemental text. Hahaha. Thanks for sharing this, dear Erik.


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