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This is Just a Test

By: Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang

Contemporary Fiction

These are just a few of the things David is worried about:

  1. Nuclear War
  2. Forgetting to wear pants to school
  3. Getting his leg chomped by a shark
  4. Sneezing on Kelli Ann
  5. His bar mitzvah speech

Ages: 10+

237 pages

Scholastic, Inc.

Average Rating: (42 Ratings)

meh
Submitted 1/9/2019 by Tatalinda

This book was just OK

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

meh

Great story
Submitted 1/4/2019 by MyShot

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

Good book that I couldn't stop reading and was funny. We need more stories like this.

Enjoyed it!
Submitted 11/10/2018 by Reader22

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about friendship.

Similar to other PJ books I've read, but interesting enough to finish, I may even read it again! The main character is sweet, funny and pretty insightful, the plot is so-so, but with enough twists to keep me guessing. If you usually enjoy realistic fiction with plenty of humor, then this is the book for you!

Good book and my mom read it, too
Submitted 9/2/2018 by GuvR2

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

Pretty good!
Submitted 7/6/2018 by ollielove

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

David is worried about a lot of things, especially being bombed by the Soviets! That's why he's agreeing to help build an underground bunker with a boy from school, Scott. But Scott doesn't like David's best friend, Hector. And David still doesn't know how he can talk to Kelli Ann, a girl from school! He's also worried about his two grandmothers, because one is Chinese and does not normally keep kosher, but the other is Jewish and does keep kosher. On top of that, David's bar mitzvah is coming up, and his family doesn't have the money for a really fancy one. David wants to please both his grandmothers while staying in the budget. But since they're fighting all the time, it's pretty hard. This is a funny story that I thought was really well written.

so good
Submitted 6/3/2018 by pjandme

It's a great book

THIS IS JUST A TEST
Submitted 4/3/2018 by Phillydog

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

It showed me that even if you are two different religions, still keep on going your way, there is no way to be wrong to choose, also, bar mitzvah can be challenging.

awesome story
Submitted 4/2/2018 by goodreads4me

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

this book was really REALLY good. there were a couple small scary parts, but not only could he get thru them, but learned a lot along the way. i liked how he came up with funny ideas & thoughts. the jewish & chinese parts were really good too. i enjoyed this book.

if you have any sense of humor you will READ THIS NOW
Submitted 3/9/2018 by MeowPrrr

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

the hole thing is AWWESOME especially the part with the latke to the face whats your favorite part?

Submitted 3/5/2018 by LittleRedFeather

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

This book teaches a good lesson about not ignoring friends especially good ones.

Funny and good plot
Submitted 3/4/2018 by epicpenguin

Thumbs up!

This book was very funny and I liked the plot alot. I enjoyed it alot.

Didn't make sense and was super boring
Submitted 3/1/2018 by readerwithbraces

This book was just OK

I didn't really like this book. It didn't make a lot of sense and was not very interesting to me. Maybe you will read and will like it but I didn't.

Realistic & Great
Submitted 2/7/2018 by Foxes

This is really interesting. It's relatively realistic and just plain fun to read.

book
Submitted 2/5/2018 by weloveJbooks

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

it was cool and funny like how the grandmas fight

Not reccommended
Submitted 2/1/2018 by Mjaohwa

This book was just OK

Its plot is adequate, it is not recommended for people who want an amazing story. Parts of it are immature, and inappropriate.

I didn't think this book was appropriate for the age range
Submitted 1/9/2018 by readingbadger

The book was very mature and it felt geared towards ages 12 and up even though it says it is for ages 10 and up. it was kind of boring and the title was misleading.

this is just a test.
Submitted 1/3/2018 by lightandjoy

Super Boring!
Submitted 1/2/2018 by readerwithbraces

I did not like this book. I would not recommend this to a friend. It was super boring and it didn't make any sense.

Weird
Submitted 12/26/2017 by doeadeer

This book was just OK

A little bit confusing. overall it was okay.

THIS WAS HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 12/16/2017 by CorgiGirl

This book was witty and funny and everything betwixt and between. David: Part-Jewish, part-Japanese. A little torn between the two. Can he figure his family out while worrying about nuclear war with Soviet Russia?

This s awsome
Submitted 12/8/2017 by nanaw7

Thumbs up!

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

great!
Submitted 12/6/2017 by Abentall

this book was super amazing i liked this book because it really explains a real life situation. i also liked it because it is very exhilarating. i recommend this book for 7+.

I will loooooooooove a test!
Submitted 12/6/2017 by candylover

I liked this book.

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

I can't wait to see what I will take a test on at school next week.

This Is Just A Test
Submitted 12/1/2017 by Caleb O

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA YOU WILL DIE FROM LAUGHTER HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

Funny and witty!! What a group of friends and family!
Submitted 11/28/2017 by TrooperYeager

I would read more books by this author.

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

This book made me think about family and friends. I learned about the foods from two different cultures. I want to try a latkes now. I thought it was cool how David learned to not really pick up dog poop. I liked that David's grandma's finally started to get along. Funny book!!

you will die its so funny
Submitted 11/9/2017 by iJKi49

I would read more books by this author.

the best !!!!!!!!!100% funny

Really Awesome book
Submitted 11/8/2017 by lightningeyes

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book was awesome because it had very funny parts. It also reminds me not to care about being popular. The story kept me wanting to read more and more. I think that this story teaches about real stuff in life.

worth a read!!!!!!!!
Submitted 11/7/2017 by redsage7

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

The book had surprising twists and kept me interested until the end. Also, my parents were the same age as David in the book...so it was fun to learn that they were doing the same stuff at the same time!

Submitted 11/6/2017 by mudd

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

Awesome book ! It was the best really recommend it to you
Submitted 11/5/2017 by JZBrooklyn

I loved it. It is about a Chinese-Jewish boy who struggles through the Cold War, school, a girl he likes, and a fight at his house between two religions

Interesting book 😍
Submitted 11/3/2017 by SwimIceSkate

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

A very interesting book. It is about the life of a normal kid and his problems.πŸ‘

didnt like it
Submitted 11/3/2017 by haalt518

This book was just OK

i didnt like it . not a book that i cant put down :(

I love it!
Submitted 11/3/2017 by puppyprinces

This book was very interesting on the matter of family, showing that even if the sides of your family are different, they can still connect. David's opinion on things was very funny. I learned more about the Cold War, more about Chinese culture, and lots of random trivia, too.

Good book, it's funny
Submitted 11/3/2017 by pianogirl1

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

David has his bar mitzvah coming up, and he has two grandmothers in the house: Chinese and Jewish! They are both arguing about how to do his bar mitzvah right. Super funny parts, with a tiny little dog whose doo doo doesn't REALLY get picked up.😊

Meh
Submitted 11/2/2017 by pinkninja2005

This book was just OK

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

I didnt really like this book.

soooooo funny
Submitted 11/2/2017 by 1Bbb

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

suupppeerrrr fffffffuuuuuuuunnnnyyyyyy

Couldn't Put it Down!!!
Submitted 11/1/2017 by Readsallnight

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I love the book but I don't remember his leg getting chomped off by a shark.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 10/21/2017 by Catcher08

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

Really good would be recommend it as a bedtime story

Sad story but awesome
Submitted 9/6/2017 by smartreader

It was kind of sad that he got his leg chopped off by a shark

Submitted 9/4/2017 by candylover

I would read more books by this author.

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

I would lend this book to a friend, except that I'd want to read it over and over again!
Submitted 9/3/2017 by Design Team

The main character, David, has a Bar Mitzvah coming up. His grandmothers from both sides move in with David's family. It makes for many funny situations!
by Gabe, age 11

Submitted 9/1/2017 by sgucla

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Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang
Author of This is Just a Test

Madelyn Rosenberg grew up in Virginia and spent most of her childhood playing outside. Every year, her New Year's resolution is to do something she's never done before.

Wendy Wan-Long Shang lives in northern Virginia with her husband, three children, a cat and a dog. She loves freshly baked bread, good pens and gummy bears!

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