The Kids of Widney Junior High Take Over the World!

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What to expect

Before they became the world-famous Kids of Widney High, they first had to survive junior high! This rock band, composed entirely of members with developmental disabilities, loves to put on a show, but boy can they can get into fights, trouble, and sticky situations. Join their friend and honorary assistant manager Robbie as he introduces the band members and shows us how they’re just like everyone else. From cafeteria food fights to relationship woes, Robbie finds himself immersed in an incredible adventure to get everyone onboard for the big concert while better understanding his new friends with special abilities. Junior high can be tough, but this group of rambunctious misfits is ready to entertain and loves to have a good time!

Comes with an exclusive interview with Peewee about disability representation and two unreleased Kids of Widney High songs.

Critics Review

  • “A wonderful story about inclusion and acceptance.”

    Jackson Browne, singer-songwriter and multiple Grammy Award nominee
  • “Funny, colorful, and conversational.”

    Mike Reiss, four-time Emmy Award–winning writer of The Simpsons
  • “This book is tender, it’s funny, it’s perfect to read with your kids, and it gives me hope. Love these kids!”

    Mayim Bialik, award-winning star of Blossom and The Big Bang Theory
  • “Memorable characters, fun stories, and some great music. Mathew Klickstein captures the middle school experience of Widney Junior High with an expert eye and his trademark humor and insight.”

    Linda Simensky, longtime children's television executive
  • “The Kids of Widney High is a remarkable band, and Klickstein’s story provides readers an opportunity to learn about their music and world while simultaneously modeling for readers how to sensitively interact with individuals with disabilities.”

    School Library Journal
  • “Sweet and fun.”

    Andrew Bujalski, award-winning filmmaker and writer of Disney's live-action Lady and the Tramp

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