Hot Ticket (Ticket Trilogy #1)

Rated 4.40/5 based on 10 reviews
Juliet Robinson is the only sixth grader in John Jay Jr. High who hasn't received a "hot ticket" from the mysterious ticket dispenser. When one of the dorkiest kids in school - Crammit Gibson - receives a ticket before she does, Juliet decides that the ticketing system has to stop. With the help of her friends, Juliet is determined to catch the ticket dispenser once and for all! More

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Words: 39,090
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458143327
About Tracy Marchini

Tracy Marchini is a freelance writer and editorial consultant. Before launching her own editorial service, she worked at a literary agency, as a children's book reviewer, a newspaper correspondent and a freelance copywriter. She may also be known as the worst kickball player to ever grace her schoolyard.

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Review by: Crystal Waldrum on May 04, 2012 :
I liked the feel of the story and the focus on what a person will do just to feel like 'part of the club' and what it does when one isn't. I think Tracy Marchini makes a funny example of a very serious subject that faces kids (and I mean kids!) today with the pressures of their peers around them - both positive and negative. Marchini was able to get the message of 'be yourself and be true to your beliefs' in a way that kids can understand. Anyone with a pre-teen should read it and then have their child read it and discuss the implications of what this type of social pressure could potentially do. Bravo Marchini. Bravo.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lisa- Bookworm Lisa on Dec. 03, 2011 :
Juliet thinks life is so unfair. Everyone is getting a "hot ticket" and she can't even get a "shame ticket". It's the thing to do in her middle school. Everyone is being recognized in one way or another for their actions, and it is super cool. Juliet is the only person who has not received a ticket at all.

What else is a precocious 6th grader going to do? Investigate of course. She teems up with her best friend, and in her search finds two more friends. She is on the case. One way or another, she will be recognized, or alienate everyone trying.

This book reminds me how hard it is to be in school and the desire by everyone to be liked. Juliet reminds me of a middle grade Junie B. Jones. I love Junie B and I couldn't help but love Juliet. A kid who has a sense of humor, lots of sarcasm, keeps on going, all with the best intentions of course. Those are the makings of a great middle grade book, in my opinion.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jill Bemis on Oct. 15, 2011 :
Grade school is never easy when Julie finds herself on the outside without a “Hot Ticket” to instant notoriety.

Author Tracy Marchini has created a delightful story about the twists and turns of popularity in this age appropriate middle grade school setting by using a “hot ticket” that magically appears when least expected. Julie Robinson and the other 6th graders all desire a ticket that marks them as one of the cool kids. When she is one of the last students not to receive a ticket, she is determined to find out who is responsible and why. Follow her and the other students as they explore relationships and jockey for their place in the wacky world of teenage trials and tribulations.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: jordan chapman on Sep. 16, 2011 :
This book was hilarious. I loved the way Juliet has the persistance to try and stop the system and beat the "hot ticket". Teens will definately enjoy this book how I did.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Rebecca Ford on Aug. 06, 2011 :
I enjoyed this book a lot, and i am in my (early) twenties. This book is about a girl in middle school who just cant seem to stop doing embarrassing things, or making herself look stupid. She is also the only "like" the only person in the 6th grade who has not gotten a "hot ticket"- a ticket that is given out to students secretly in their lockers for doing or wearing something "cool". Even her friends who are a lot less popular than her are getting more than one ticket, which makes her feel so uncool. She goes on a mission to figure out who the maker(s) of the hot tickets are and who is dispencing the tickets into the lockers. She feel that if she can figure out who it is she will be the most popular 6th grade student and maybe even a spread in the yearbook! I wont say too much more, but this is a quick fun read. I finished it within a few days, and i loved it!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Madame Diotte on Aug. 02, 2011 :
Although this book may seem to be written for junior high students, I believe it can be enjoyed by older teens and adults as well. I found Juliet's accient-prone character amusing and the book quite entertaining as a whole. A good read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Langevin on Aug. 01, 2011 :
I loved this book! I have a 6th grader, so I know you got the attitude, worries, and friendship issues just right! A great book! By the way, I contemplated mentioning the idea of 'hot tickets' to my daughter, but I'd prefer to avoid any visits to the principal's office : )
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Hannah Hummel on July 27, 2011 :
Hot Ticket is a fun story that children in middle school can relate too, yet has interesting twists and turns.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amber Carroll on July 26, 2011 :
Juliet is a sixth grader on a mission. Her mission is to find out who is distributing Hot Tickets to her classmates and to find out why she hasn't gotten any. This mission of Juliet's finds her in some trouble, but it also helps her make some new friends. A very cute young adult story, a good read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: justmax on July 07, 2011 :
'I didn't punch Cindy Newsome in the face on purpose.'

This is the first line of Traci Marchini's little charmer of a book, Hot Ticket. And it sums up the story of heroine, Juliet Robinson's life exactly. No matter what she does, something seems to go wrong, but never intentionally. Juliet is headstrong, impulsive and very likable, so when she is the only kid in school who hasn't received a hot ticket, or, at least, a shame ticket, she has to find out why.

Given how far I am past the target audience for this book, I'm was surprised how much I liked it and much of this is due to Juliet, the main character, and her friends, Lucy and the unfortunately named Crammit Gibson (a nickname Juliet accidentally gave him back in third grade but which, somehow, stuck). Ms Marchini has captured, quite well, what it feels to be a sixth grade middle schooler, the lowest of the low on the school rung and, worse, to feel like you're the least cool kid around.

If you're looking for a book to entertain your middle schooler on a rainy afternoon, this book would be perfect. And you might want to sneak a quick peek yourself, not, of course, to read it read it but, to, you make sure it's a safe read because, as Lucy might say, that wouldn't be 'tote ridic'.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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