Did you know California once had a law that banned homework? Don’t worry, parents, it was repealed more than a century ago. This obscure law, however, did serve as an inspiration for Greg Pincus’ new middle-grade book, “Homework Strike.”
Pincus has brought back Gregory K., the main character from his last book, “The 14 Fibs Of Gregory K.,” and now has Gregory struggling with the trials and tribulations of life in seventh grade – in particular, the amount of homework. He is especially upset because the excess homework is preventing him from doing things that he loves – such as writing – so he decides to stage a homework strike.
Kids will obviously relate to the homework strike idea, but the local author says the book also taps into how tweens “want their voices to be heard [and to] get some control in his life.” “Homework Strike” certainly tells a humorous tale, but Pincus also touches on more serious themes, including civil disobedience, and even slips in some American history lessons.
“Homework Strike” comes out from Arthur A. Levine Books Jan. 3 and Children’s Book World (10580 ½ Pico Blvd., L.A.; www.childrensbookworld.com) will host a book launch event at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 7.