Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award

33 Minutes . . . Until Morgan Sturtz Kicks My Butt

on June 21, 2014

33 minutesby Todd Hasak-Lowy.

An epic lunch period leads to a fateful showdown as small, skinny seventh-grader Sam’s former best friend–now a popular athlete–promises to beat Sam up at recess in exactly thirty-three minutes.

52 Responses to “33 Minutes . . . Until Morgan Sturtz Kicks My Butt”

  1. Soccerguy487 says:

    This book was funny. I liked it a lot! It’s fast paced and interesting.

  2. Jasminne#1 says:

    I can’t believe that in 33 minutes the book was over!!!!

  3. #puppys says:

    OMG this book is amazing. It has great humor it also has great details.I love how the author made a certain personality to all the different characters in the book!!!

  4. Granlund_hockey#64 says:

    This book is the best. The author makes the book much longer than 33 minutes.

  5. Bulldoghockey#12 says:

    I love this book because the author, Todd Hasak-Lowy, stretches those 33 minutes out into a full-on chapter book.

  6. Batman103 says:

    I loved this book because it reminded me when my brother (this is not the main reason why I love this book) kicked my butt and because this book is very funny.

  7. SugarCookieLover says:

    I loved 33 Minutes! While Sam worries about how in just 33 Minutes Morgan will kick his butt, Sam flashbacks to all the moments (good and bad) of his friendship with Morgan. If you like humor, you will love this book.

  8. lls17 says:

    This is a great book. I love how Sam tries to stand up to his x-bestfriend Morgan, but he can’t cause Morgan is alot stronger than him. I like how even though Sam [Spoiler info deleted.]he has the courage to not give up trying to get his bestfriend back. He [Spoiler info deleted. — Kate Davie], but Sam his still kind to him and still a good person.

  9. J-M-P GES says:

    I’m planing on to read this book. A lot of people have replied that it was okay so the book looks really good.

  10. jrp says:

    Not really.

    Not really kicked? — Kate Davie

  11. Elsa says:

    I love this book.The book is Awesome.

  12. Vanossgaming says:

    I really liked this book because it has a lot of fighting and it is kind of funny and cool and mostly interesting because it has a lot of interesting details about how not to treat your best friends and also it is great for you tubers like me [Off topic info deleted. — Kate Davie]

  13. Coo says:

    I think 33 min is the best book in the world.

  14. Bunnyissad says:

    I like this book it was so funny the ending was a little plain.

  15. Rabbit says:

    Magen is not a good person. I would read it and find out.

  16. Duck frenzy says:

    Good book

  17. Cool face says:

    I liked the book when Sam said goodbye to Morgan.

  18. jrp says:

    morgan sherts is a derp

    Was there any point at all in the book when you liked Morgan? Even a little? — Kate Davie

  19. LPJ GES says:

    It was a good book but I didn’t like the ending.

    What sort of ending would you prefer? — Kate Davie

  20. jrp says:

    This is a grate book that I injoyreadtng

  21. Meatwagon22 says:

    I really love this book because Sam calls his bump on his head tootsie and Morgan is a bully witch stinks

  22. [Screen name edited for politeness--KD] man says:

    I like the book because all the cool fighting.

  23. Col says:

    I like the book.

    What did you like best about it? — Kate Davie

  24. K says:

    I think that it was funny when Sam got a tooise.

  25. Meatwagon22 says:

    I really loved this book because it has a lot of interesting careters and Morgan is not the guy to hang out with. Morgan is the bully and no one hangs out with him util he meets other bully’s he used to be friends with Sam

  26. Kale says:

    I think that the book 33 minutes until Morgan Sturzt kicks my butt is good because I thought that it was funny when seam got a tootsie.

  27. Rabbit says:

    The book was awesome. I love it.

  28. Captin meaty says:

    I really liked this book 33 minutes before Morgan kicks my butt but I didn’t like the bullying part that was not coooolll beans

  29. zebrapup419 says:

    I really like the author’s type of writing, how it kind of starts in the middle of the story and you have to read more to understand whats happening. Also the book draws you in, it makes you mad for the character happy for the character and sad. If a book does that for you, it’s a good book in my opinion. Now the book plot was awesome, it teaches you it is best to tell a grown up before a small fight gets to big. It also teaches you, that sometimes friendships aren’t always forever but there’s is many more friends to lean on. Another thing is there is a lot of action like, food fights, fist fights, dramas. I really enjoy the theme highschool in books so if you like that to you should like this book. If you like this book i suggest you read the book “WARP SPEED,” by Lisa Yee, it is a great DCF.(But not the DCF of this year is a DCF of 2012-2013.)

    Thanks for this engaging assessment, Zebrapup419! — Kate Davie

  30. Sean says:

    I think this book was great. The ending was really good. I liked it because off what happened, it was a good twist from most books. I would recommend this book.

  31. Kit-Kat says:

    I am about to read this book in my L.A. class!

    Sounds like fun! Please let us know what your class thinks when you get into it a bit. — Kate Davie

  32. CMwaterpower says:

    I really enjoy this book for all the wierd things that happen. like food fights and droping a bowling ball down a four story house . Some ways they describe things are really strange like it’s okay to like chickpeas.pulse it was not really funny when Someone threw a ball at Sam’s head. It was funny when Sam named the bump on his head Tootsie.Becuse it looks like a tootsie roll.

  33. njsamuelsen2004 says:

    I have not read this book yet,but I have heard its very good.It’s about bullying,right?

    For this book, that is not a simple question! — Kate Davie

  34. Srbruins says:

    33 minutes looks so good !!!!!!!!!! I want to blow up because this looks good !!!

    Nope, no blowing up on the blog. It is good though!– Kate Davie

  35. CMwaterpower says:

    The book is good it mostly talks about character(Sam Lewis) and his thought’s and feature’s. When Morgan Sturtz promise to kick Sam’s butt in exactly 33 minutes Sam thinks he wont stand a chance against Morgan.

  36. CMwaterpower says:

    This book is very fun,funny and artistic all the qualities of a good book. Next year when I go to middle school I do hope I still keep the same great teachers, because in the book the teachers were pretty mean and weren’t very fun. The book is basically A diary for the main character Sam. Mostly because Sam is the narrator.

  37. Aleah says:

    This book looks like something I would enjoy reading

  38. bio156 says:

    should i read this book? i am not sure what is about but here is good comments.

    Easy! If one is talking about a DCF book, the answer to the question “Should I read this book?” is pretty much always “Yes!” — Kate Davie

  39. Ari 21 says:

    I can’t wait to read this book! I’ve been waiting so long to read this. I heard it was a good book

  40. atwobenny says:

    I’ve been reading for the past 12 days and I just finished on the 22nd of October! It is a very good book that has a lot of things that could happen in my school next year in middle school like food fights. I thought the book was funny but I also felt sorry for Sam at some parts of the book. On October 20th in literacy we were studying using our background knowledge from the book and I got stuck on the word crackling, but then I realized that flames crackle in camp-fires.

    Good word-sleuthing! — Kate Davie

  41. Srdude says:

    why is it called 33 minutes I love the author .

    I think the author would love for you to read it and find out! Kate Davie

  42. sami says:


    I hope your librarian helps you find it before you have apoplexy! Let us know how it lives up to your expectations. Kate Davie

  43. ATwobenny says:

    there are many things i want to know about this book. 1,is Sam Lewis is he in 6th grade or is he in 7th grade? which one is the main charecter morgan or sam.

    Well, the best way to answer all these questions would be to jump right in and read it. Then you could be the expert reviewer! Kate Davie

  44. Captinsparklz says:

    This is a very good book a bit slow at the start but it gets better as it goes on. How i read it the ending is the best part.

  45. Srdude says:

    is there a series.

    Not yet. The author, Todd Hasak-Lowy, says on his website <> that he has no plans for a sequel. But he adds that he sometimes thinks about the characters! Kate Davie

  46. WKteacher says:

    I haven’t read this book yet, but I’ve heard so much about it that I can’t wait to start to read it.

    Please let us know if you think it lived up to its advance press! — Kate Davie

  47. lilchlosterpink9 says:

    yes. Lil

  48. iballisticsquid says:

    i have not read this book but it seems interesting.if she kicks his butt.

    It IS interesting, and funny. This Morgan is a boy Morgan though. Kate Davie

  49. lilchlosterpink9 says:

    make it on time. lil

    You’ll have to read to find out, won’t you? — Kate Davie

  50. lilchlosterpink9 says:

    This is a pretty cool book I beat You the kid did or not

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