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Morse Pond Review: Class Dismissed

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Allan Woodrow

Scholastic Press


Available now
Class Dismissed is a book about a class of kids whose teacher quits, but they do not tell anyone.  The children find that class is hard with no teacher, but they learn more about things that they would ever learn in school normally. It starts off by telling you about how mean Ms. Bryce, their teacher, is. They begin an experiment and Ms Bryce’s shoes become completely soaked in vinegar, which leads to her quitting right after. She called the principal right before she quit. One of the kids in the class got sent to the principal’s office right before this happened, and he heard the recording in the office when the principal was  doing something else. He went right back to the classroom after that. When he got back no one knew what to do, so one group of kids decided to goof off. After two days of total chaos, one kid decides to take over. Crazy things happen, and eventually they must write their own play… from scratch.

This is a very good book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes twists in a story.

~ Ben W., age 11

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A Bookseller and a Librarian Review George

GeorgeI love books that reflect on books. Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me shows Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time in a new light. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein reads like a love letter to the best books in children’s literature. Now, we have George. George, the title character, wants desperately to play the role of Charlotte in her class’s production of Charlotte’s Web. Not only does she love Charlotte’s dialogue and the idea of playing such an iconic role, but she knows that playing Charlotte will show the world who she is on the inside, not the boy that everyone sees on the outside.

Charlotte is exactly the literary character to help facilitate George’s longing. Charlotte is welcoming, “Salutations!” She’s supportive, “Some Pig.” But most of all, she’s smart; she’s a critical thinker and she demonstrates agency. Charlotte knows what will happen to Wilbur before he does, and in order to protect him she facilitates a change in the way the world views Wilbur. After Charlotte saves Wilbur, she passes her legacy to the next generation. We all know these things about Charlotte, which is why she has remained one of the most beloved characters in children’s literature. Having Charlotte as George’s inspiration is fitting. Kids, particularly kids like George, need to be welcomed. They need support. And they need people around them who are critical thinkers, who demonstrate agency, and who can change world perception. Moreover, George needs to see herself as Charlotte, because she too needs to be welcoming, supportive, thoughtful, and possessing agency to make change.

Readers will find themselves cheering for George and hoping that she will have the chance to become such an iconic character, and maybe even change the world. In turn, they will be inspired to become everything that Charlotte and George represent. The tag line for George is “Be who you are,” something Charlotte taught us years ago, but Alex Gino’s book takes this classic message and reframes it for a new generation. Terrific.

~ Sara, Eight Cousins

GeorgeA wise friend (Sara from Eight Cousins) told me that books are windows through which we can see other’s worlds or mirrors which give us an opportunity to see ourselves in print. As a teacher librarian for 5th and 6th graders, I cannot express how much I feel George has to offer my students. I absolutely loved it, and believe that it could help build such a sense of community for my students by providing some with empathy and others with a sense of belonging.

Before I became a library teacher, I taught 5th grade for years. To my knowledge, I have only had one transgender student. Yet, this book gives me pause and makes me realize that I could have had many, many more. If that student, or students, had George to read, I think they would have felt so much less isolated, and far less tortured.

I think George is a must-have for any middle school library. I absolutely loved this book, miss George now that I am done reading and can’t wait to purchase it and put in on the shelves in August!

~ Mrs. Abbott, Librarian

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Customer Review:

Saving Mr  TeruptSaving Mr. Terupt

Rob Buyea

Delacorte Books for Young Readers


Available July 14, 2015

Saving Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea is the third book in a series I really love. This book shared another school year full of experiences of Buyea’s characters/Mr. Terupt’s students.

Mr. Terupt’s fifth grade students: Peter, Anna, Jeffrey, Alexia, Danielle, Luke and Jessica, make posters, raise money, and try to save their favorite teacher’s job as their town suffers unexpected budget cuts. Which teachers should keep their jobs?  Which teachers should go? Is there a way to do it fairly?

I enjoy how the author breaks apart the story so that each character has their own opportunity to speak and share how they feel about a specific setting, event, or what’s going on at home.  This is definitely a book I would recommend to people who like determination, adventure, and friendship changes.

~ Madeline, age 10

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