Willy the Scrub

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

It’s hard being different. Everybody in Willy’s family is an athlete—even his mom. And, although Willy wishes he were like the rest of his family, no matter how hard he tries he never seems to be as good as they are. When he hears there’s going to be wrestling try-outs, he and his best friend sign up. Even if they never get to play, they’ll be the best benchwarmers of all time! A hi-lo book for reluctant readers.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Darby Creek ™
Language English
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.0
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV024000, JUV032000, JUV043000
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Lexile 560
Guided Reading Level O
ATOS Reading Level 3.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 75507
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Reviewed

Author: Jamie McEwan

Jamie McEwan is best known in the obscure world of whitewater canoe slalom, having competed internationally for over 20 years. A World Cup champion, he also won a bronze medal in the 1972 Olympics and placed 4th in 1992.Mr. McEwan is married to artist and illustrator Sandra Boynton. They live, write, and paddle in the countryside of Connecticut.

Illustrator: Victor Kennedy


Publishers Weekly

“McEwan delivers a worthy message about perseverance and sportsmanship. . .tailor-made for reluctant readers.”
Publisher’s Weekly

School Library Journal

“Willy’s vulnerability and his desire for peer acceptance make his story appealing. Writing with humor, McEwan weaves these themes into the narrative in a natural way and endows several supporting characters with refreshingly non-stereotypical traits and interests. Short chapters and a large font make this book a good choice for sports fans from newly independent readers to those already enjoying Matt Christopher.”
School Library Journal