The Kids of Widney Junior High Take Over the World!

by Mathew Klickstein

illustrated by Michael S. Bracco

(Schiffer Kids, 2020)


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. 

#1 Best Seller on Amazon (Children's Special Needs Books)

"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


"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


Publishers Weekly

by Mathew Klickstein, illus. by Michael Bracco (Sept. 28, $12.99, ISBN 978-0-7643-6018-3), is a fictionalized account of the early days of a real-life L.A. rock band comprised of members with developmental disabilities ...

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Dayton Daily News

A local author’s book about a rock band made up of people with disabilities has made an Amazon bestseller list with help from a well-known actress ...


School Library Journal

Gr 4-6–On the first day of sixth grade at Widney Junior High, Robbie Wilson is thrown against a locker ...

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Reading With Your Kids

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Bullied his first week at junior high, 11 year old Robbie is rescued by big Peewee who invites him to band practice where the autistic eighth grader is a singer ...

Dayton Jewish Observer

Mathew Klickstein is celebrating the release of his newest book, The Kids of Widney Junior High Take Over the World!, aimed at younger readers and features an entire group of characters with various developmental disabilities ...



Mathew talks with Mai Ling about his work with the Kids of Widney High, a group of young adults with developmental disabilities who formed a touring rock band ...

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RMR sit done with author Mathew Klickstein again to discuss his new book, The Kids of Widney Junior High Take Over the World! ...

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