by Mathew Klickstein
illustrated by Michael S. Bracco
(Schiffer Kids, 2020)
Audiobook edition released March 9 (including two unreleased KOWH songs)
narrated by Cary Hite
(Blackstone Audio, 2021)
About the Book
Before they became the world-famous Kids of Widney High, they first had to survive junior high! This rock band, composed entirely of members with developmental disabilities, loves to put on a show, but boy can they can get into fights, trouble, and sticky situations. Join their friend and honorary assistant manager Robbie as he introduces the band members and shows us how they’re just like everyone else. From cafeteria food fights to relationship woes, Robbie finds himself immersed in an incredible adventure to get everyone onboard for the big concert while better understanding his new friends with special abilities. Junior high can be tough, but this group of rambunctious misfits is ready to entertain and loves to have a good time! Comes with an exclusive interview and free downloadable songs from the Kids themselves.
Includes three free Kids of Widney High songs, an exclusive interview with a KOWH member talking about the importance of representation in media/entertainment today and a portion of the profits will be going to non-profit L.A. Goal. (Also available in Kindle/e-book edition and audiobook from Blackstone, including two unreleased KOWH songs.)
#1 Best Seller on Amazon (Children's Books on Disability)
#1 Best Seller on Amazon (Audiobook on Music for Children)
"Most Wished For" on Amazon (Audiobooks on Music for Children)
"This book is tender, it’s funny, it’s perfect to read with your kids, and it gives me hope. LOVE THESE KIDS!."
-- Mayim Bialik, star of Blossom and The Big Bang Theory
"Funny, colorful and conversational."
-- Mike Reiss, Four-time Emmy Award-winning writer of The Simpsons and bestselling children's book author
"A wonderful story about inclusion and acceptance."
-- Jackson Browne, legendary singer-songwriter and multiple Grammy nominee
"Sweet and fun."
-- Andrew Bujalski, award-winning filmmaker and writer of Disney's live-action Lady and the Tramp
"The Kids of Widney High is a remarkable band, and Klickstein’s story provides readers an opportunity to learn about their music and world while simultaneously modeling for readers how to sensitively interact with individuals with disabilities."
-- School Library Journal
Reading With Your Kids Podcast
Mathew is on the podcast primarily to help us acknowledge Disabilities Awareness Month & to celebrate his new middle grade novel The Kids Of Widney Junior High. We also talk about life, travel and so much more. Don't miss our visit with "the geek guru of the 21st Century."
Many children’s books are inspired by actual people and events. The Kids of Widney High are a popular revolving band composed of vocalists with special abilities and instruments played by the teachers and volunteers who support them. Their story was adapted into a chapter book entitled “The Kids of Widney Junior High Take Over the World” by Matthew Klickstein. It serves as an introduction to the band members, but also as a way to help normalize the subject of disabilities and show just how awesome these cool musical teenagers really are.
Writer and filmmaker Mathew Klickstein pays homage to the rock band The Kids of Widney High in his book, “The Kids of Widney Junior High.” Loosely based on the band, this fictional chapter book is told from the perspective of Robbie, a new middle school student at Widney Junior High. Robbie encounters the members of the band, who all have developmental disabilities. Robbie and the members of the band navigate the adventures and conflicts of middle school, while acknowledging the unique differences of those with special needs. In each chapter, the book features action packed, comic illustrations from Michael Bracco.