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Twelve-year-old Simon Rosen has qualified for the Canadian Video Game Championships in Vancouver. If he can get straight As in school, his parents have agreed to take him. The stakes are especially high. His parents are always fighting, and if he can just get them to Vancouver—the place where they fell in love—maybe he can save his family from the brink of divorce.
Straight As aren’t usually a problem for Simon, but this semester he’s enrolled in Technology and the class isn’t what he expected. Instead of building robots or flying drones, it’s a social media course! To get an A, he needs to create “engaging content” on his own live-streaming VideoKids channel. Simon hates being the centre of attention and no matter how hard he tries to record good live-streaming videos, something always goes wrong! From accidentally recording his mom’s underwear and giving his dog mouth-to-mouth to having diarrhea live online, Simon can’t do anything right.
Life is extra complicated because Simon has a secret crush on his best friend Jocelyn—an MMA champion originally from the Philippines. She also desperately needs an A in Tech class if her parents are going to let her continue her MMA training. The two friends find themselves in direct competition when their Tech teacher announces that only one student will receive an A. Add to the mix the Mendelson twins—two bullies who are out to get Simon—and Simon is in for the toughest semester of his life.
A Note From the Publisher
“We can all relate to Simon Rosen's attempts to navigate the trials and tribulations of middle school and social media, and his journey to class hero is a nice ride. A captivating story of a modern middle grader. Delightfully funny, Just Watch Me! tells an endearing childhood story of friendship, acceptance and the frenzied world of social media.”
– The Jurors