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Sideways Stories from Wayside School

by Louis Sachar

That's probably the reason all kinds of wacky things happen at Wayside School... especially on the thirtieth floor. That's where you'll meet Mrs. Gorf, the meanest teacher in the entire school - before she was turned into an apple and was replaced by Mrs. Jewls, who has her own special way of teaching arithmetic. The kids are a weird bunch, too - from big-mouth Jason to stinky Sammy to sweet and pretty Maurecia, who can beat up any boy in the class. You'll never guess Allison's secret, or figure out how mean Mrs. Gorf came back to haunt the kids on the thirtieth floor. But you will discover the funniest, craziest, most mixed-up place that ever called itself a school!

Johnny's in the Basement

by Louis Sachar

When Johnny has his eleventh birthday, his parents decide he's old enough for dancing classes, but too old to collect bottle caps any more.

Someday Angeline

by Louis Sachar

Nobody understands why Angeline is so smart. She could read the first time she picked up a book, she can play the piano without ever having had a lesson, and she even knows what the weather is going to be. But being smart is causing Angeline nothing but trouble. The mean kids in school call her a freak, her teacher finds her troublesome, and even her own father doesn't know what to do with an eight-year-old girl who seems to be a genius. Angeline doesn't want to be either a genius or a freak. She just wants the chance to be herself and be happy. But it's only when she makes friends with a boy the kids call "Goon" and the teacher they call "Mr. Bone" that Angeline gets that chance.

Sixth Grade Secrets

by Louis Sachar

When Laura Sibbie starts a secret club at school, makes the other members them give her something totally embarrassing as "insurance," to make sure they don't tell anyone else about the club. She promises to keep the insurance secret, unless someone blabs. Gabriel wants to join the club. Something goes wrong when Laura asks him. Now there are two secret clubs in Mr. Doyle's class, and Gabriel is the head of the new one.

There's A Boy in the Girl's Bathroom

by Louis Sachar

Bradley Chalkers IS the oldest kid in the fifth grade. He tells enormous lies. He picks fights with girls. No one likes him--except Carla, the new school counselor. She thinks Bradley is sensitive and generous, and knows that Bradley could change, if only he weren't afraid to try. But when you feel like the most-hated kid in the whole school, believing in yourself can be the hardest thing in the world. . . .Winner of 19 Children's Choice AwardsFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

The Boy Who Lost His Face

by Louis Sachar

DAVID IS ONLY trying to be cool when he helps some of the popular kids steal Old Lady Bayfield's cane. But when the plan backfires, he's the one the "old witch" curses. Now David can't seem to do anything right. Is it the Bayfield curse at work? Or is David simply turning into a total loser?"Wildly funny."--Kirkus ReviewsFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

Wayside School is Falling Down

by Louis Sachar

A collection of wacky stories about the 29 kids in Mrs. Jewls's class at the crazy and adventurous Wayside School.

Dogs Don't Tell Jokes

by Louis Sachar

Twelve-year-old jokester Gary Boone knows he was born to be a comedian, it's the kids in his class who think he's just a goon. Winning the school talent show would be Gary's dream come true, but on the big night his dream nearly backfires--with hilarious results. An IRA/CBC Children's Choice. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Kidnapped at Birth?

by Louis Sachar Neal Hughes

Illus. in black-and-white. Marvin Redpost has finally figured out why he doesn't look like anyone in his family. He's not really Marvin Redpost--he's Robert, the lost prince of Shampoon!From the Trade Paperback edition.

Marvin Redpost: Kidnapped At Birth?

by Louis Sachar

from the back cover Marvin Redpost suddenly figures out why he has red hair and blue eyes, when everyone else in his family has brown hair and brown eyes. He's not really Marvin Redpost at all. He is Robert, the Lost Prince of Shampoon! Soon his friends are treating him like royalty. Now all he has to do is break the news to his "parents."

Monkey Soup

by Louis Sachar

With the help of her toy monkey, a girl prepares an all-encompassing soup full of band-aids, crayons, and tissues, for her father who is sick in bed.

Is He a Girl?

by Louis Sachar Barbara Sullivan

Will kissing his elbow really turn Marvin into a girl? Casey Happleton claims it's so, and Marvin starts to believe her after his lips "accidentally" brush his elbow.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Marvin Redpost: Is He a Girl?

by Louis Sachar

If you kiss yourself on the elbow, you'll turn into a girl. When Marvin's lips touch his elbow, he suddenly finds himself acting very strange. Wishing he had pigtails like his sister, Linzy. Asking to play hopscotch at recess. Even dotting his i's with little hearts in class! Sure, he may have figured out the secret difference between girls and boys...but will Marvin Redpost ever return to normal?

Why Pick on Me?

by Louis Sachar Barbara Sullivan

Illus. in black-and-white. Marvin is shunned by his classmates, best friends, and teacher after he is unfairly fingered as a nose-picker by the class bully.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Why Pick on Me? (Marvin Redpost Book 2)

by Louis Sachar

This book will help children understand teasing and how to cope when they are being picked on. An argument over the score of a ball game on the playground ends with Marvin being accused of picking his nose. By the next day all the kids say he's a nose picker, and won't touch anything that might have Marvin's boogers on it. His life gets worse when Marvin's best friends don't want to be seen with him, when his grades go down, and his teacher writes an embarrassing note right on his report card! Even the lunch lady and the principal get on Marvin's case. Can it be that Marvin's four-year-old sister's very gross, very personal, question could be the key to a plan that can stop the teasing and end Marvin's loneliness? Kids will be amazed that a book this easy to read can be so hilarious! They may even decide to test their friends' and family's honesty and have some laughs with Marvin's little sister's rude, embarrassing, question. By the way, do you...? Don't miss the other Marvin Redpost books in the Bookshare collection.

Alone in His Teacher's House

by Louis Sachar Barbara Sullivan

Illus. in black-and-white. Marvin's friends think he's the luckiest boy in the world when his teacher asks him to dog-sit for a week. He gets to be alone in Mrs. North's house! But pretty soon it starts to look as if Marvin is not so lucky after all...."From the Trade Paperback edition.

Alone in His Teacher's House: (Marvin Redpost Book 4)

by Louis Sachar

The good thing Marvin has going will take him by surprise and help him to grow up. His teacher has picked him as her most responsible student, the boy she can trust to feed and pay attention to her dog, Waldo, and walk him 3 times a day while she's out of town for a week. He'll earn $25. Waldo is lovable, Marvin is proud of his first job, its cool looking around at his teacher's things, his older brother admires him, His parents support him, and little sister Lindsey loves playing with Waldo. This job should be easy but Marvin has problems. Waldo doesn't want to eat; his special care makes Marvin late to school. The sub labels Marvin a trouble maker and picks on him. And Marvin's friends think he's stuck up because he won't let them play in his teacher's house. After he's done his very best, his teacher won't be happy when she gets home. She might even hate Marvin. He cries and can't sleep. No one can help him. He must face his teacher and tell her everything. This is a quick reading chapter book. Marvin finds that being mature means making decisions by himself; should he let his friends inside their teacher's house to see what she has in there? Should he let them play with Waldo? Should he call his parents or the vet for help? Should he eat dog food? Listen to your child read these short chapters written on second grade level but of interest to kids up to 6th grade. Enjoy the humor together and help your child understand Marvin's frustration when he learns that being trustworthy sometimes means making his friends mad and that there is joy, worry and sorrow in caring for an old, lovable, pet. 3 other delightful Marvin Redpost books are in the collection. The book also contains a long list of other popular high interest, low vocabulary stepping stone books.

Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger

by Louis Sachar

All the kids from Wayside School had to spend 243 days in horrible schools while Wayside was closed to get rid of the cows {Don't ask!). Now the kids are back and the fun begins again on every floor. Miss Mush has prepared a special lunch of baked liver in purple sauce, and it's Pet Day on the 30th floor-with dogs and cats and frogs and skunks and pigs, and an orange named Fido causing a terrible commotion. In Mrs. Drazil's class, they're throwing a coffeepot, a sack of potatoes, a pencil sharpener, and a light bulb out the window to see which hits the ground first. But the big surprise is Mrs. Jewls is expecting a baby-but one named Cootie Face or Bucket Head-"and a substitute teacher is coming-and everyone knows what that means...

Holes

by Louis Sachar

Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnats. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys' detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the warden makes the boys "build character" by spending all day, every day, digging holes: five feet wide and five feet deep. It doesn't take long for Stanley to realize there's more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment--and redemption.From the Paperback edition.

Class President

by Louis Sachar Amy Wummer

It's no ordinary Thursday for Marvin Redpost and his class...It's "hole day," and even Mrs. North and Principal McCabe are wearing their very worst clothes. It seemed like a fun idea that morning, but now they're expecting company. The president -- of the United States! -- is on his way. And there's no time to change! Marvin must do math on the blackboard with television cameras pointed at him. And the day is just beginning!

A Flying Birthday Cake?

by Louis Sachar Amy Wummer

Marvin and Stuart get to sleep over at Nick Tuffle's house for Nick's birthday. They set out sleeping bags in the Tuffles' backyard. Stuart and Nick fall right to sleep, but Marvin tosses and turns. Then he hears a noise, and something glowing zooms over his head. Is it really a flying birthday cake? Or something else? The next day, a very strange new kid shows up at school. . . .

Marvin Redpost: Class President (Marvin Redpost, Book 5)

by Louis Sachar

The president of the United States is coming to visit Marvin's class. He's even going to answer one question from each kid. Plus everything is going to be on TV! Marvin is nervous. What if someone steals his question? What if he can't speak when it's his turn? How will that look to the president and everyone watching on TV? Marvin learns how to be a good citizen and that he may grow up to be president of The United States. But Marvin may not get a chance to see himself on TV. He's late. He forgot his mom was taking him to shop for shoes after school.

Marvin Redpost: A Flying Birthday Cake? Marvin Redpost #6

by Louis Sachar

Does anybody like being the new kid at school? The new kid, Joe Normal, doesn't, and since his parents are always moving, he is forced to be the new kid again and again. Joe tries to fit in, but the kids never like him. They talk about him behind his back for kissing the flagpole, they laugh out loud at him in class when he doesn't know what an elephant is because he says there aren't many of them in Chicago where he's from. At recess they don't want to let him in line to play ball and after school they say if he goes home with them to play, their dog will bite him. Marvin agrees that a kid who shakes hands with everyone he meets is weird, but even if it means Marvin's friends will stop playing with him, Marvin decides to take Joe home. Marvin thinks it's hard being the new kid. Strange things continue to happen when Joe and Marvin go home. Joe is wild about Jell-O, teaches the family to play a new game where they step on paper plates instead of slimy fish, and eats his pizza with a knife and fork, but everyone, even Marvin's teen aged brother, likes Joe. Marvin and Joe become best friends and suddenly the kids at school like Joe, too. Then why does Joe come to Marvin's house in a big limo driven by soldiers? What does all of this have to do with a giant flying birthday cake with green frosting? This amusing story is full of silliness and important things to think about. After you read it, catch up on the other 6 books in this terrific Marvin Redpost series! Marvin Redpost A Flying Birthday Cake? Is a Stepping Stone Book.

A Magic Crystal?

by Louis Sachar Amy Wummer

When Marvin Redpost agrees to go over to Casey Happleton's house, he doesn't know what he's in for. Casey shows him the magic crystal she has just found and offers to give Marvin a few wishes. Is the crystal really magic? Or is it too good to be true?

Marvin Redpost: A Magic Crystal? (Marvin Redpost 8)

by Louis Sachar

Marvin is about to have a lesson in magic...Marvin Redpost is amazed when he finds out that Casey Happleton lives in an old firehouse. But that's not the only amazing thing about Casey. She's also got a super-secret magic crystal that she's going to share with Marvin. Is it true? Or is Casey putting her own spell on Marvin? Marvin tells his friends and family and classmates he doesn't like Casey. He likes eating snacks with her, talking to her, making wishes with her, laughing at the same things with her. When he wishes she would shut up and she shuts up for day after day Marvin isn't having as much fun anymore, not even with his best friends. This is the last book in the Marvin Redpost series. It's another easy to read, funny story that kids can understand. Louis Sachar has written many more children's books that readers in middle grades will enjoy.

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