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Children's LiteratureAndy Shane does not like school. It is not that the work is too hard, or that the teacher is mean, or that the subjects are boring. It is all because of mean, bossy Dolores Starbuckle. She acts like she knows everything and tells on everyone. She drives Andy crazy; he would rather stay home with Granny Web than have to face this particular classmate. This is a story that kids can relate to—in almost every class there is a Dolores. Even though the moral is to be true to yourself, Jacobson never lets the plot seem old. The story is still fresh and relevant to kids. The fact that Andy is being raised not by a mom and dad, but by his grandmother represents a growing portion of the population. Kids who are in a similar situation will appreciate seeing a character like them. All in all, this is a book everyone will love. 2005, Candlewick Press, Ages 6 to 8.