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Even though they have all come to school in holey clothes, Marvin and his third grade class manage to impress their surprise visitor--the President of the United States.
Casey Happleton sat at the desk next to Marvin. She was absent today.
Marvin was disappointed to see her desk empty. She was a funny girl, and he knew she would have liked "hole day."
"I must say," said Mrs. North, "you are all so well dressed today. I've never seen a better-looking group of third graders."
"How'd you get a hole in your shirt?" Kenny asked.
"I was working in my garden," said Mrs. North. "My shirt got snagged on a thorn from a rosebush."
Marvin nodded. He should have guessed.
"We should dress this way all the time," said Judy Jasper. "That way, nobody would feel bad if their parents were too poor to buy them new clothes."
"That's a good idea," said Mrs. North.
Marvin thought so, too.
"And the holes keep you cool on a hot day," Stuart pointed out.
"You're right," said Mrs. North.
Marvin agreed. Holes made perfect sense. He wondered why nobody had thought of it before.
A child's voice came over the P.A. system. "Please rise for the Pledge of Allegiance."
Every day, a different kid got to lead the school in the pledge.
"That's Casey!" said Judy Jasper.
Marvin recognized Casey's voice as she recited the pledge. She sounded very serious.
He put his hand over his heart and said it along with her.
When Casey came back to class, she told Mrs. North that Mr. McCabe wanted to see her. Mr. McCabe was the principal.
"Did he say why?" Mrs. North asked.
Casey shook her head.
Casey wore a shirt that was way too big for her. Marvin guessed it was her father's. Not only did it have holes in it, but it also had paint spilled on it.
Mrs. North told the class she would be gone for only a minute. She said she expected everyone to behave and to use their time wisely.
After she left, Nick said, "I bet you Mrs. North got in trouble for wearing torn clothes!"
"No, Mr. McCabe is also wearing torn clothes," said Casey. "I saw his elbow."
"What did it look like?" asked Judy.
"Pink and bumpy," said Casey.
Casey had a ponytail that stuck out of the side of her head instead of the back. She sat down next to Marvin. The ponytail was on Marvin's side. Sometimes, when Casey laughed really hard, her ponytail went around in circles.
Mrs. North was gone for a lot longer than a minute. When she returned, she had a very strange expression on her face. She looked lost. She opened her mouth, but didn't say anything.
"Are you all right?" asked Kenny.
Mrs. North looked at Kenny, but still didn't say anything. Finally, she spoke. She said, "We are..." then stopped.
She started again. "There will..."
That was as far as she got.
She tried again. "I expect..."
Her mouth shut tight. She tapped her desk with her fist.
At last she managed to say a complete sentence. "We are going to have a visitor today."
Marvin couldn't wait to hear who it was. From the way Mrs. North was acting, he thought it must be somebody weird.
"Who is it?" asked Warren.
"Is it somebody I've heard of?" asked Nick.
"Oh, I hope so, Nick," said Mrs. North. Then she took a deep breath and said, "The president will be coming here."
Marvin was a little confused. He wasn't sure which president Mr. North meant. Did she mean the president of the United States? Or did she mean the president of something else, like the president of a shoe company?
Marvin's school was in Maryland. It was less than twenty miles from Washington, D.C. His father worked in Washington, D.C. So it was possible that Mrs. North meant the president of the United States. But why would the president of the United States come to his school?
He raised his hand.
Pasty Gatsby raised her hand, too.
"Yes, Patsy," said Mrs. North.
"The president of what?" Patsy asked.
Mrs. North stared at her as if she thought Patsy was an alien from another planet. "The president of the United States," she said.
"Duh!" said Travis.
"Sometimes I wonder about you, Patsy," said Mrs. North.
"What'd you think? The president of Mexico?" asked Clarence.
Marvin turned red, too, but nobody noticed. He lowered his hand.
"Yes, Marvin, did you have a question?" asked Mrs. North.
He shook his head. "No, I was just stretching."
Mrs. North explained that even Mr. McCabe hadn't known the president was coming until ten minutes ago. It had been kept secret for security reasons.
"Now, I know I don't have to tell you how to behave when the president gets here," she said.
Then she told everybody how to behave.
"Be respectful. Be attentive. If you get a chance to speak to him, remember to speak loud and clear. You should call him 'Mr. President.' 'Yes, Mr. President.' 'Thank you, Mr. President.' Remember to -- "
Mrs. North suddenly stopped talking. "Oh, my gosh!" she exclaimed. "I have to change my clothes!"
Posted June 18, 2008
Marvin Redpost, Class President by Louis Sachar was first published in 1999. This story occurs during school in the present. The story is told by a 3rd person. There are 4 main characters. They are Mrs. North, Marvin¿s 3rd grade teacher, Marvin Redpost a 3rd grader, Nick a 3rd grader, and Stewart a 3rd grader. Nick is Stewart¿s and Marvin¿s friend. He thinks he is tough and picks fights. Marvin is a 9 year old 3rd grader with freckles. He has red hair, blue eyes, and a positive attitude. There was one conflict, Man vs. Man, Marvin and his mom were fighting over being grounded. When Marvin arrives at school the class was having a whole day and there was someone special coming! That special someone was the President of the USA!!! Marvin arrives at school Marvin went to his friend`s house then forgot that he had to go to the shoe store then got grounded then the family was shocked to see what was on Television! This book made me have lots of feeling like exited when the President complemented Marvin. Exited if the President of the USA came to my school. I was more aware of geography because if you live a mile from Washington DC then President of the USA might come to your school. The characters in the story seemed real because I know how it feels to see a famous person like Marvin. I especially like Mrs. North because she reminds me of my 3rd grade teacher, Mr. Eckerson. He was nice to people, calm when we make mistakes, and do special things for us. Me and Marvin are almost the same we have to go to school and we both have a 3rd grade teacher, we are both from the northeast coast of the United States, we both like to watch the news and we both live a capital of something. I recommend this book because it is a good short adventure, it is my favorite genre, realistic fiction, and it is written by my favorite author, Louis Sachar. It is a good short book!
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I think that this was the best book that I have ever read and I think that it will be the best book that I have ever read. I thought that the summer part with the paint was really funny. I think that Louis really was happy about winning Class president. I think that Cricket was so hard on her friends that no one wanted to vote for her so they just said whatever we don't want to vote for you because you always bragg on the candy bars and stuff like that. I think that is were sharing things shouldn't be allowed like that because then more kids will vote for her so I think that was kind of rude. I think that this book would be great for anyone that wants to read this boolk! I really enjoyed it and I thought that the characters were really funny.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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