Ethan Winfield and Julius Zimmerman
think of themselves as 6th grade losers. They aren't good students. They
aren't good athletes. Things change for Ethan when Ms Gunderson begins
her student teaching. She's beautiful and seems to think Ethan has more
to offer than he's been showing. Ethan decides to work as hard as he can
to impress his student teacher. Will he risk losing his best friend in
the process? Follow Ethan as he finds that you don't always have to be
In love with beautiful Ms.
Gunderson, student teacher! Loved by Lizzie Archer, class nerd!
This is Ethan's predicament! His determination to impress Ms. Gunderson
with the best science project and the best book report on the longest book,
threatens his status in Losers, Inc., an exclusive club founded by him
and his best friend Julius. The teasing about Lizzie is so unbearable that
Ethan does something very mean to her. Afterwards, he is too ashamed
to admit he did it, even to his best friend. All of this puts
his relationship with Julius in jeopardy. Compounding his problems
is the fact that he must compete with his "perfect" older brother for his
parents' and teachers' admiration and respect. But 12-year-old Ethan
is smarter than he thinks he is, has a good sense of humor, and uses a
lot of common sense. It is fun to see how he uses these qualities
in his struggle to grow up. (Jeannie Bellavance email@example.com.
Young Reader's Choice Awards)
Hi! My name is Ethan Winfield.
I'm a sixth-grader at West Creek Middle School. I'm just a regular
kid. You know, the kind of kid who, when a book report is due and
the teacher says the minimum number of pages is 100, you go to the library
to find a book that has no more than 103 pages. I don't even care
what the book is about, just that it is short! When science fair
time rolls around, my projects usually involve food samples and surveys.
Hey, you can make one of those really cool charts and bar graphs to display
your results and I figure that's something close to science.
You see, I have accepted my role
as a minimum effort kid; in fact, I was kind of born to the position.
I have an older brother. His name is Peter, he's in eighth grade
and he is the school star. He is one of the smartest kids in the
school. He wins the science fair every year, he excels at every sport
that counts and he is popular with the teachers and the girls. How
can someone live up to this? I've given up trying. The worst
part is that Peter is a really cool brother. I mean I really like
the guy and he is great to me. See, he's even perfect at that!
One day, my friend Julius and
I decided that the only answer to our status at school was to dignify it
with a certain kind of recognition. So, we formed Losers, Inc., a
really exclusive club dedicated to maintaining the status of true losers!
We figured every school has its group of losers, why not recognize it and
band together. We were set, no school assignment was to be completed
without that loser motto "I only did the bare minimum."
But then it happened. Miss
Gunderson arrived at our school as a student teacher. She was gorgeous,
stunning and when she spoke, her voice was soft, low and a bit husky (sigh!)
Miss Gunderson spoke to our class about the "beauty and wonder of science".
Coming from anyone else I would have gagged, but from her (sigh, sigh)
it was something special. A call to honor. A challenge to make
her proud of me and notice me. I would have to create the most awesome
science project of the year. I would have to be the WINNER!
This year I would do even better than Peter, and why not. I had a
new motivation. But there was this problem. this would violate
everything that was sacred to Losers, Inc. and I was the president!
I could see that Julius was not happy with my decision, and we have been
friends forever. But, then there was Miss Gunderson. What am
I going to do?
If you have ever felt like
a loser in your school or family, or if you would just like to find out
what happens to Ethan, read LOSERS INC. by Claudia Mills. (New Hampshire
Great Stone Face Committee)