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Mr. Star broke the news gently. "Well, 4B," he said, "it appears we're going to do it."It was the talk of last year's fourth, especially the part about the catfish between the principal's sheets. It is the good-behavior reward for this year's fourth grade. It is Outdoor Education: three days at Camp Trotter in Wisconsin.From where Hobie Hanson sits -- at Central School in Stockton, Illinois -- it is bad news. Three days also means two nights, two nights far from home. The thought brings wooly-worms to his stomach and floods his head with what-ifs. As things turn out, however, Outdoor Education lives up to its name, and in ways that neither Hobie nor his friends expect.The class, and sub, that kept readers breathless in Thirteen Ways to Sink a Sub are back for another rousing adventure, filled with the sights, sounds, tastes, and, yes, smells familiar to veteran campers everywhere.
Seven-year-old Richard is self-conscious when he receives a pair of purple pants from his aunt and uncle and has to wear them to school, but he is even more worried when his uncle shows up for a visit to his classroom.
When second-grader Richard and three other members of the Sumac School Chess Club competes in their first tournament, they each learn something about luck, concentration, and teamwork.
Sam has made it most of the way through sixth grade, barely able to read and write, but now Sam's family have moved again and he is faced with the prospect of attending a new school. How long will he be able to keep his problem secret?
The fifth grade year gets off to a busy start as one student returns from winning a national Miss Pre-Teen Personality contest, a new girl with some interesting knowledge arrives, jealousy gets a grip on one particular student, and an "experiment" to see who's smart is conducted.
While trying to learn about spiders in Mrs. Zookey's class, Richard becomes the target of Patrick the Pest's pranks.
When his folks host a Vietnamese family that has come to settle in their town, Harvey enjoys Americanizing twelve-year-old Tuan.
When his town is devastated by a flood, Hobie's fifth grade class is forced to meet every day in the shopping mall.
Patrick, the new boy in Richard's class, is always causing trouble, but his work on a science project about bats helps him make new friends.
With a friend like Patrick, who needs enemies? Patrick is a showoff and a prankster, and Richard is his usual target. Resolved not to let Patrick get him in trouble, Richard is sucked in by The Mosquito, a way to eat red Jell-O through a straw, and of course trouble ensues. Complications arise when the new girl from France thinks the boys are seriously injured, and miscommunication is all too easy when idioms in English and in French are taken literally. The shifting alliances, interests, and concerns of second-graders are authentically and humorously depicted in this easy-to-read school story.
If Nick and I got caught, we wouldn't even play tomorrow. It always counts when you do something wrong without meaning to. I just forgot about the dentist. I didn't mean to ride through the cement. I didn't mean for the Jell-O and shrimp to splash into the pool. I didn't plan to be standing here in the hall with a girl at midnight. A lock clicked close by. A knob turned. It was too late to run. There was no place to hide. I wondered if Toby would let me ride his Big Wheel to school when Dad took my bike away.
In this authentic and entertaining story of 17th-century Holland, 12-year-old Lizzie finds that her undisciplined tongue and willful spirit are always getting her in trouble. Her kitchen craft has landed her a job cooking for a Dutch family, whose precocious eight-year-old son has a nose for trouble even greater than Lizzy's own.
At last, some real luck - 4B gets a substitute teacher. And double luck - she's never even taught a class before. A sinkable sub!
As a school project, fifth graders recreate a westward trek to Oregon with all the perils that faced real pioneers.
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