The Boys in the Back Row by Mike Jung

The Boys in the Back Row

Mike Jung

272 pages first pub 2020 (editions)

fiction contemporary middle grade emotional hopeful fast-paced


Best friends Matt and Eric are hatching a plan for one big final adventure together before Eric moves away: during the marching band competition at a Giant Amusement Park, they will sneak away to a nearby comics convention and meet their idol-a fa...

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emotional 57%
adventurous 50%
lighthearted 50%
hopeful 42%
funny 28%
reflective 28%
inspiring 14%
relaxing 14%
tense 7%


fast 83%
medium 16%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 44% | Character: 44% | Plot: 11%

Strong character development?

Yes: 72% | It's complicated: 18% | No: 9%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 83% | No: 16%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 44% | It's complicated: 33% | Yes: 22%

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