Unschooled by Allan Woodrow

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
4.3 Llamas


This book is soooo fun! (And it is from my To-Be-Read-Shelf! 66 books to go!) It’s full of laughter, fun, friendship and learning the value of playing fair. This book would be a great read for boys and girls 8 and up!

This book is about Lilly, a over-competitive girl who never finishes a single project but loves to have fun. And George, a serious organizer who could care less about winning and can’t stick up for himself. Best friends since forever, they are both excited about Spirit Week. Until they find out their on opposite teams. Both being captains, they are determined to win… and by any means necessary… With both teams cheating it seems like no one is going to win Spirit Week unless they join together to play fair.

This was such a fun book! I loved the focus on the value in friendship and playing fair. This book made me smile, laugh and totally love the characters. (George in my favorite!) It was a wonderfully written book and I think kids 8 and up would really enjoy it and the lessons it teaches you.

I don’t really have any ‘cons’ about the book. There are bullies mention and kids lie and cheat a lot. However, I believe it is important for kids to learn about this stuff and how it can hurt others. By reading about how cheating, lying and bullying is wrong, it helps you want to do right.

Overall, this was a great book. I really enjoyed reading it and I totally think kids 8 and up would love it too! (This would also be a great book for a classroom to read together!) Have a great day!!! -The Young Llama Reader.


  • A very funny read full of friendship and fun!!!
  • Totally perfect for kids 8 and up!
  • A very clean book for kids!!!


  • Mention of bullying…

This year’s fifth graders are the worst Principal Klein has ever seen. But he’s hoping that Spirit Week can teach them teamwork, with a top secret prize for the winning team as incentive.

Best friends George and Lilly have been looking forward to Spirit Week all year. They might be complete opposites, but they can’t wait to be on the winning team together. When their classes end up rivals, with Lilly leading Team Red and George leading Team Blue, the friends swear they can compete and remain best friends.

But suddenly there are slimed lockers, sabotaged costumes, and class pets held hostage. As the pranks escalate, it threatens everything, including the prize. Because if Principal Klein finds out, Spirit Week will be cancelled and the students will spend the rest of the year in detention.

Can George and Lilly find a way to fix their friendship and get the entire fifth grade to play fair, or is the most awesome week of fifth grade about to make this the worst school year ever?

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