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The fifth-grade class election is shaping up as a close contest between class clown Lucas Cott and one time teacher's pet Cricket Kaufman. It's just possible that the student with the greatest leadership ability is Julio Sanchez, but Julio's too busy running Lucas's campaign to notice. Or is he? And how can Julio throw his hat into the ring without betraying his best friend?

Johanna Hurwitz introduced Julio, Cricket, and Lucas in Class Clown and Teacher's Pet, earning a ringing ...

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The fifth-grade class election is shaping up as a close contest between class clown Lucas Cott and one time teacher's pet Cricket Kaufman. It's just possible that the student with the greatest leadership ability is Julio Sanchez, but Julio's too busy running Lucas's campaign to notice. Or is he? And how can Julio throw his hat into the ring without betraying his best friend?

Johanna Hurwitz introduced Julio, Cricket, and Lucas in Class Clown and Teacher's Pet, earning a ringing vote of confidence from Publishers Weekly: "Hurwitz masterfully demonstrates why she is one of the premier practitioners of the humorous school story genre."In Class President, she has backed these delightful characters with a winning ticket of humor and insight.

Julio hides his own leadership ambitions to help another candidate win the nomination for class president.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The characters first met in Hurwitz's Class Clown and Teacher's Pet return here, with the spotlight on Julio Sanchez and the upcoming fifth-grade election. Julio would like to be president, although he lacks the confidence to run. But almost in spite of himself, he demonstrates his ability to lead--rallying his peers to raise money to replace a classmate's broken glasses; convincing the principal that a new rule is unfair--and these efforts are recognized on election day. A few of the novel's events have a facile, fabricated tinge, and for all of Julio's demurrals the election's results seem a foregone conclusion from the start. But even with these weak aspects, Hurwitz's breezy, humorous touch, her feel for the details that matter to grade-schoolers and her focus on a strong Hispanic character carry the day. Ages 7 - up. Apr.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-- Hurwitz scores again with the continuing story of the children first introduced in Class Clown Morrow, 1987, now in the fifth grade and getting acquainted with a new teacher. Julio, known up to now as the class athlete, is the focus of this story, developing new talents as the tale unfolds. Mr. Flores announces that an election for class officers will be held, and the students begin choosing up sides. Julio is immediately interested, but promotes the candidacy of an unenthusiastic Lucas for president instead. As Julio strives on his friend's behalf, his own leadership qualities become more apparent. He organizes a class fund raiser, acts as spokesperson during an interview with the principal, and even respectfully challenges Mr. Flores on how class money is to be spent. These kids live in a well-mannered, harmonious world. Adversity is only hinted at, as when readers discover that Julio's father is ``no longer alive.'' Miscreants are understood and forgiven, and virtue is recognized and rewarded in just the way it always should be. Gently thoughtful and cheerfully humorous, this will make a good read-aloud as well as a satisfying read-alone. --Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, Allen, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688091149
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1990
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 334,201
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Johanna Hurwitz is the award-winning author of more than sixty popular books for young readers, including Faraway Summer; Dear Emma; Elisa Michaels, Bigger & Better; Class Clown; Fourth-Grade Fuss; and Rip-Roaring Russell, an American Library Association Notable Book. Her work has won many child-chosen state awards. A former school librarian, she frequently visits schools around the country to talk about her books. Mrs. Hurwitz and her husband divide their time between Great Neck, New York, and Wilmington, Vermont.

Sheila Hamanaka is an award-winning fine artist whose work has also appeared in Scholastic magazines as well as in Permanent Connections by Sue Ellen Bridgers and Barbara Campbell's Taking Care of Yoki. Ms. Hamanaka lives in Tappan, New York.

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Chapter One

Julio Sanchez ran all the way to school. He wouldn't have admitted it to anyone, but he was looking forward to the first day of fifth grade. He liked being in a roomful of kids. It was too ba that going to school also meant stuff like spendin time on arithmetic and social studies.

The summer had been long and hot and boring. Julio had missed his school friends. He wondered if any of them had missed him. He wished he had been old enough to get a summer job like his brothers, Ramon and Nelson. With his mother and brothers off at work, he had stayed at home with his grandmother watching TV reruns. His grandmother had arthritis and couldn't help out much in the kitchen, so Julio had to make his own lunch almost every day.

Although he didn't like arithmetic, Julio had added up all his lunches in July and August. He had emptied a total of 17 jars of peanut butter onto 248 slices of bread to make 124 sandwiches. Gross!

Julio liked the variety of school lunches-but he wouldn't have admitted that, either. Everyone was supposed to hate school lunches, or at least, as Julio did, pretend to hate them.

A Safety Patrol monitor was stationed at the corner across the street from the school. Both Ramon and Nelson had been members of the Safety Patrol, and Julio looked forward to sixth grade when he, too, could wear the Safety Patrol blue sash with a silver badge pinned to it.

Julio patted the top of his head as he reached the school yard. His hair had been cut into spikes, just like his older brother Nelson's. The spikes kept falling down. Still, Julio hoped his new haircut would help him stand out in a special way.

The schoolyard was filled, with kids. No one was ever late on the first day of school. It didn't take Julio long to find his classmates. Lucas Cott, Arthur Lewis, Sara Jane Cushman, Cricket Kaufman, and Zoe Mitchell were all standing in a group and talking.

"Hi. Give me five!" Julio called, raising his hand to slap a greeting with Lucas. The two boys were old pals even though they hardly had seen each other all summer. Lucas had gone to sleepaway camp for a month and then his family had taken a trip together.

Lucas slapped hands with Julio. "Have you heard the news?" he asked.

"I just got here," said Julio.

"Mrs. Upchurch is gone," said Cricket before Lucas could say anything.

They had all been promoted to Mrs. Upchurch's class on the last day of fourth grade.

"You mean old Upchuck isn't going to be our teacher?" asked Julio.

"How do you know she's not here?" asked Sara Jane Cushman. "None of the teachers is out in the yard yet. Only kids are waiting outside."

"I heard two teachers talking," said Cricket.

"One said, 'I'll miss Shirley,' and the other one said, It's too bad we didn't give a party for her in June.' Mrs. Upchurch's name was Shirley, so that proves she's the one they were talking about. "

"Maybe she got a better job," said Lucas.

"Anything would be better than being here," said Julio, pretending to hate school.

Before there was time to talk any more about what Cricket had overheard, a bell rang. It was the signal to line up. Because it was the first day of school, everyone obeyed instantly. By tomorrow, they would all be less eager to enter the building. The excitement of the first day always wore off quickly.

Sixth-grade monitors showed the younger children where they were supposed to line up. The fifth graders didn't need Safety Patrol monitors. Next year, they would be wearing the blue sashes and giving the orders. Not every fifth grader dreamed of becoming a monitor, but Julio had wanted to be one even before he'd entered kindergarten, when Nelson had been a school monitor.

The second bell rang. The monitors directed the lines of students to enter the building in alphabetical order by teacher. Mrs. Gordon's and Mrs. Hershey's fifth-grade classes entered the building, followed by Mrs. Upchurch's class.

it would be funny if she was there after all, Julio thought. But Mrs. Upchurch was not in her classroom. In her place was someone they had never seen before. It was a man. A man for a teacher! The only other men in the building were Mr. Herbertson, the principal, and Mr. Conners, the janitor. Julio hoped the teacher didn't turn out to be like old Herbertson, or they would be in real trouble.

"Good morning," the new teacher said. "I'm Ernesto Flores, your teacher for fifth grade. "

In all his years in school, Julio had never heard a teacher tell her first name. Of course, the students always found out who they were-Joyce Hockaday, Augusta Schraalenburgh, Shirley Upchurch-but it was up to the students to discover this information for themselves. The new teacher had spoiled the game.

"Now I'd like to find out who you are," said Mr. Flores. He began to call the roll, starting with the boys.

Julio shook his head. Teachers always began with the girls.

"Julio Sanchez," called Mr. Flores, pronouncing it Hulio. That was the correct way to say the name in Spanish.

Several kids laughed. They had never heard Julio's name pronounced without the J?"

Mr. Flores looked up from the roll book. "Isn't that how you say your name?" he asked Julio. "Or do you prefer Julio with a J?"

Julio shrugged his shoulders. "At home, they call me Hulio. But at school everyone calls me Julio. "

"How do you feel about that?" asked the teacher. "Do you like two pronunciations of your name? It's a good Spanish name and you should be ...
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2007

    greateset book yet

    This story begins when Julio and his classmates are standing around and talking to each other when Cricket comes and delivers the big news: their assigned teacher Mrs. Upchurch resigned and that they would get a new teacher. Then , the new teacher, Mr. Flores is introduced to them. In the classroom, Mr. Flores announced that they would have a class president election. Of course everybody was excited about it especially Cricket who wants to be the first woman president and is the most popular girl in class. Julio was expecting Lucas to say something encouraging to him so maybe he could run for president which he was secretly hoping to do but he doesn¿t have the confidence to do it. Instead, Julio kind of forced or pushed Lucas into entering. That evening, Julio mentioned the election and his mom seemed to read his mind because his mom starting encouraging him to run and then all of his family was encouraging him to run for president. The next day at recess when the boys were playing soccer, Arthur broke his glasses. Julio had an idea that the kids in Mr. Flores¿ class could all chip in to buy Arthur new glasses-even the girls -because he¿s their classmate. Then, Cricket thought of a great fundraiser-a bake sale. After school, Julio had to help Arthur get home because he didn¿t see much without his glasses. On the way to Arthur¿s house, Arthur suggested that Julio should run for president on account of what Julio did for him. When they reached Arthur¿s house, Julio explained the situation to Arthur¿s mom and stayed for awhile. After that, Julio and Arthur became friends. The day before the bake sale, there was some trouble baking the brownies with nuts Julio promised to make but it ended up all right. The bake sale the next day was full of events. Julio met some of his former teachers and had to take care of troublesome twins. At the end of the bake sale, Arthur¿s mom came in and announced since Arthur broke his glasses within two weeks of getting them, the glasses would be replaced for free. Around this time, Cricket also is bribing people to vote for her by bringing mini sized chocolate bars to school and giving everyone one. The next week, Mr. Herbertson, the principal announced that there would be no more soccer playing at recess. Mr. Flores explained that since Arthur¿s glasses were broken, Mr. Herbertson thought something worse might happen next time, so he¿s making sure there isn¿t any ¿next time¿. So, Julio, Lucas, and Cricket scheduled an appointment to talk with the principal. During the meeting, Julio did all of the talking and Lucas and Cricket were just sitting there. At the end, Julio convinced the principal that there should be more teachers supervising the playground during recess. When they got back to class, Cricket was unfair by pretending like she was the one talking to the principal. On Election Day, Cricket and Lucas were nominated. Then, Arthur nominated Julio and made a speech how Julio was so good to him because of what he had done. Then Lucas seconded the vote and encouraged everybody that votes for him should vote for Julio and withdrew his name from the nomination. The nominations were closed and the debates began. They debated over what should they do with the money from the bake sale and why do they think that they should be president. Then, the votes were passed out. And do you know who won? Julio! The score was 14-9. Mr. Flores made Cricket vice-president. ¿Class President¿ is a story about a boy named Julio who secretly wants to be class president but doesn¿t have the confidence to do so. When Julio helps a friend in need, Arthur, he gets encouraged to run for president. At the end, Julio was elected class president and was proud of himself because he realized people voted for him because he was fair and kind to everyone not mean or popular or because he bribed them with chocolate. This story encourages you to be yourself and to have more self confidence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2006

    Extra extra greatest book ever!!!

    julio is begining 5th grade thinking that he won't be a good class prez. then a old friend drops his new glasses on the playgroung then they get hit with soccerball brakeing them. they then start a bake sale to rais money so they could fix the glasses. it turns out the glasses could be fixed for free because they are so new. everybody now thinks julio sould be the class prez. i think this is the best book ever. if you did not read it yet your really missing out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2005

    This book is great!!!!!!!!

    This book is really good. There was a kid named Author in the story and he was playing soccer and fell. Another kid kicked the soccer ball and the ball landed on Author's glasses. Since he had only had them for a couple of days, Author's class had a bake sale for him to get new glasses. In the end of the book, Author gets new glasses for free because they were only a couple of days old. Also in the end of the book, Jiulo gets picked president of his class. This book is a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2003

    An Election For Class President

    The book that I read is about a fifth-grade teacher that announced that there was an election for class president. Cricket Kaufman was positive that she would win Cricket Kaufman was the most popular girl in the class. I especially like the part when Julio gets elected. Someone who might be running for class president might enjoy this book.

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