Earthquake in the Third Grade

Overview

John and his third-grade classmates are devastated when they learn that their beloved teacher is leaving, and they come up with several schemes to get her to stay. "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

Just as the ants feel a jolt when John knocks over the ant farm, John and his third grade classmates find ...

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Overview

John and his third-grade classmates are devastated when they learn that their beloved teacher is leaving, and they come up with several schemes to get her to stay. "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

Just as the ants feel a jolt when John knocks over the ant farm, John and his third grade classmates find their world turned upside down following the news of their beloved teacher's imminent departure.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780780785175
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 62
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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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