Earthquake in the Third Grade

Earthquake in the Third Grade

by Karen Ritz, Laurie Myers
     
 

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You never know when disaster is going to strike. It happens when John Jacobs accidentally knocks over his ant farm, causing an "earthquake' that endangers the lives of his buddies Big Jim, Digger, and Pea Brain. It happens again with a second "earthquake" of a different kind: John's all-time favorite teacher, mrs. Lucas, announces that she's moving. John and

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You never know when disaster is going to strike. It happens when John Jacobs accidentally knocks over his ant farm, causing an "earthquake' that endangers the lives of his buddies Big Jim, Digger, and Pea Brain. It happens again with a second "earthquake" of a different kind: John's all-time favorite teacher, mrs. Lucas, announces that she's moving. John and his friends Buzzy and kate try everything they can think of to keep Mrs. Lucas from leaving. They even concot a daring plan to sneak into the teacher's lounge while avoiding Mrs. Washburn, the biggest and meanest teacher in school. Will it work? If not, will they be able to deal with the consequences?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Full-page, shaded pencil drawings appear throughout the book. Studded with moments of suspense and humor, this convincing school story will entertain children who are ready to read chapter books but still happy to see a picture every few pages." Booklist, ALA

"Myer's novel is realistic, sensitive to the feelings of young children, and very funny." Horn Book

ALA Booklist
"Like his ant farm, rocked by a disastrous 'earthquake' when John accidentally knocks it over, his classmates experience an upset when their beloved teacher announces that she will be leaving at the end of the week. And like those dogged ants, John and his friends Buzzy and Kate work tirelessly to set things right, but their efforts to keep Mrs. Lucas from moving away are predictably unsuccessful. Full-page, shaded pencil drawings appear throughout the book. Studded with moments of suspense and humor, this convincing school story will entertain children who are ready to read chapter books but still happy to see a picture every few pages."--ALA Booklist
Horn Book
"Myer's novel is realistic, sensitive to the feelings of young children, and very funny."--The Horn Book Guide
Children's Literature - Mary Clayton Rowen
What are they to do? Three friends and classmates learn that their favorite teacher is leaving. Humor and suspense abound as the children put their heads together and scheme to deal with this threatening change in their lives. The upheaval is parallel to the disaster that occurs when one friend's ant farm gets knocked over.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395928660
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Laurie Myers comes from a writing family: both her mother, Betsy Byars, and her sister, Betsy Duffey, write children's books. Laurie's two previous books for Clarion are EARTHQUAKE IN THE THIRD GRADE and GUINEA PIGS DON'T TALK. She lives in Augusta, Georgia.

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