To boldly go where no paperback edition has gone before . . . This "Diary of a Wimpy Trekkie" takes on bullies as only Lisa Yee can.
Entering 7th grade is no big deal for Marley Sandelski: Same old boring classes, same old boring life. The only thing he has to look forward to is the upcoming Star Trek convention. But when he inadvertently draws the attention of Digger Ronster, the biggest bully in school, his life has officially moved from boring to far too dramatic . . . from invisible to center stage.
Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Marley Sandelski, self-proclaimed Star Trek devotee, has plenty of problems, starting with his name. As he puts it, the only commonly known Marleys are a Dickens' character, "dead, to begin with," from A Christmas Carol, and a book/movie dog. His parents named him after a famous writer, now dead. "So there you have it. I share my name with a dog, a dead guy and a ghost. Is it any wonder my life sucks?" He may have a point. Marley is not part of the popular crowd. Instead he is a geeky audio visual club member and target for bullies (the "Gorn") who routinely shut him in his locker and leave daily bruises. Digger, the school bully no one should mess with, absconds with his homework. Marley and his parents live in an apartment above the Rialto, the town's historic theater, which they own and run, barely getting by. Aside from his family, Marley has a couple of anchors in his life. First, he can run fast to escape the Gorn. Second, the "gospel" of Star Trek gives him strength: "What would Spock Do?" is his motto. Arguing the greatness of the Starship Enterprise crew with his equally geeky friends—fans of Star Wars and Batman—gives life zest, and he writes about his days (in Star Trek-speak) in his notebook (Captain's Log). The log's first page contains one word: "invisible." But things are about to change. His extraordinary running speed gets the attention of the track coach and a new girl actually smiles and talks to him! This book is full of adolescent angst, memorable characters, and plot twists that help Marley realize that popularity may not be the most desirable goal. Read to find all the circumstances that lead to his last log book entry: "invincible." Well recommended! Reviewer: Judy Crowder