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Fourth-Grade Fuss
     

Fourth-Grade Fuss

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by Johanna Hurwitz, Andy Hammond (Illustrator)
 

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Yard sales, ice-skating, and surprise parties are just a few of the things that make fourth grade fun. But Julio and his friends know it’s time to get serious when the class begins preparing for the big statewide test at the end of the year. Just thinking about it is enough to give anybody a stomachache!

Julio and his best friend, Lucas, are going to try

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Yard sales, ice-skating, and surprise parties are just a few of the things that make fourth grade fun. But Julio and his friends know it’s time to get serious when the class begins preparing for the big statewide test at the end of the year. Just thinking about it is enough to give anybody a stomachache!

Julio and his best friend, Lucas, are going to try every superstition in the book to make sure they pass. They’ll wear their underwear inside out, use brand-new pencils, and even—gulp—study. But when test day comes, Julio finds out there are some surprises no one can prepare for!

Whether one has read about Julio and Lucas and their other classmates before in class clown and class president or this is the first meeting, here is a story that will strike a familiar chord. With the warmth and realism she is known for, beloved author Johanna Hurwitz brings us the hardships and humor of Julio Sanchez’s fourth-grade year.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The kids from Class Clown, Fourth-Grade Fuss by Johanna Hurwitz, illus. by Andy Hammond, finds Julio, Cricket and Lucas navigating typical school events, including a statewide standardized test, an ice-skating party and school picture day. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The big fuss in Julio Sanchez's fourth-grade class is over the fact that, for the first time, they will be taking statewide standardized tests. Perfect-student Cricket is worried that Mrs. Schraalenburgh isn't doing enough drill to prepare them "to do as well as the other kids" on the tests. But Julio knows that for Cricket this means, "better than the other kids." Julio himself is just worried about passing: what if he has to repeat fourth grade? Julio's older brother, Ramon, is stressed over a test of his own, when he fails his first try at passing the driver's exam. And Julio's ailing grandmother needs to have a battery of medical tests. Tests, tests, everywhere! But fourth grade also has the fun of a class skating party, a friend's garage sale, trading clothes for the school photo, and Julio's first birthday party ever—a predictable (to the reader), but absolutely heartwarming and delightful surprise party. Hurwitz manages to take on the controversial topic of standardized testing without preaching for or against the merits of the tests, but instead sympathetically treating the various ways in which different children experience the tests in their own lives. Julio's affectionate, Hispanic, relatively poor family is portrayed with remarkable tenderness: it's a pleasure to spend time in the company of siblings who actually don't mind showing their clear and abundant love for each other. Likewise, it's a treat to get to know Julio's kind and caring teacher and likeable cast of classmates. Hurwitz couldn't score more highly on this one. 2004, HarperCollins, Ages 8 to 12.
—Claudia Mills
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-The characters from Hurwitz's popular Class Clown (HarperCollins, 1987) are back. Julio Sanchez is worried about being ready for the statewide standardized tests. His stomach hurts at test time, which turns out to be appendicitis. His friend Lucas offers him a cheat sheet but Julio finds out that the make-up test will be different and so he doesn't have to wrestle with his conscience. His teacher reassures him that tests get to the truth, and he simply needs to do his personal best. Each vignettelike chapter provides additional nicely tied-together subplots about a garage sale, an ice-skating party, and Julio's birthday. The secondary characters are well developed and successfully integrated into the story line. This believable family deals with realistic issues such as Ramon's driver's license exam and Grandma's medical procedures. Black line cartoons break up the text. This is an excellent addition for chapter-book readers, especially those who are preoccupied with standardized tests.-Sharon R. Pearce, Chippewa Elementary School, Bensenville, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060523435
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/10/2004
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
595,661
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.64(d)
Lexile:
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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.

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Fourth-Grade Fuss 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would highly reccomend this book. I love the names and their problems. It was an awesome book!