Outstanding, Intermediate, Family life, strikes and lockouts, middle schools, schools, humorous stories

Document Type

Book Review


Jack Strong goes to school and does homework like all other middle school kids, but nearly all of his free time is filled with extracurricular activities. Jack’s patience dwindles when, instead of hanging out with friends, he is shuttled from one activity to the next. He decides to stand up to his parents by sitting down on his favorite couch and refusing to get up. Jack attracts the attention of many people, infuriating some and inspiring others. The host of a local TV show comes to Jack’s house to interview him. Surprising everyone, including himself, Jack gets off the couch, ending his strike. He and his parents come to a compromise, freeing his schedule of the activities he hates so he can spend more time on what he loves.