Fourth Grade Rats

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Last year Suds was a Third Grade Angel, but now... it's time to be a Fourth Grade Rat!

Fourth graders are tough. They aren't afraid of spiders. They say no to their moms. They push first graders off the swings. And they never, ever cry.
Suds knows that now he's in fourth grade, he's supposed to be a rat. But whenever he tries to act like one, something goes wrong. Can Suds's friend Joey teach him to toughen ...

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Last year Suds was a Third Grade Angel, but now... it's time to be a Fourth Grade Rat!

Fourth graders are tough. They aren't afraid of spiders. They say no to their moms. They push first graders off the swings. And they never, ever cry.
Suds knows that now he's in fourth grade, he's supposed to be a rat. But whenever he tries to act like one, something goes wrong. Can Suds's friend Joey teach him to toughen up... or will Suds remain a fourth grade wimp?

Now with brand-new illustrations, this sequel to Jerry Spinelli's THIRD GRADE ANGELS is a classic story of fitting in (or not) and friendship.

Suds learns that his best friend is wrong. You don't have to be a tough guy, a "rat," to be a grown up fourth grader.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The transition from third to fourth grade befuddles Suds Morton; according to PW, ``Rapid-fire dialogue and a hilarious string of episodes unfold a story with a valuable message about peer pressure and the importance of being oneself.'' Ages 8-12. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-- The book's title comes from a playground rhyme, ``Third grade angels!/Fourth grade . . . RRRRRATS!'' Joey Peterson, the best friend of Suds (the story's narrator), takes the rhyme a bit too seriously and instructs Suds, Svengali-like, in the ways of rebellion and macho bravado. Complicating things is the long-standing crush Suds has on Judy, a girl more interested in seeing bugs crawl all over him than in having him open doors for her. The short-lived rebellion is finally squelched by Joey's mother, and Suds is relieved to return to his old habits. This is a fast-paced story about kids growing up too quickly. Some of the characters are exaggerated but believable, and the scenes in which Joey tries to toughen up Suds are especially funny. This should prove a popular addition to most collections. --Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Pub . Lib . , IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545464789
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 39,301
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Spinelli

Jerry Spinelli won the Newbery Medal in 1991 for Maniac Magee, one of his more than 25 acclaimed books for young readers. He now lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Eileen Spinelli, who is also an author of children's books.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2008

    The Fourth Grade Rats

    The fourth grade rats is a very good, funny, and good for kids. I recommend this book to anybody and hope you think the same. The fourth grade rats is about two kids named Joey and Suds. Joey had herd of a saying that when you get to fourth grade you become a rat. Joey takes it serious and becomes a bully. But Suds on the other hand still wants to be a third grade angle. So threw out the book Joey tries to convinces Suds into being a rat. The main characters are Joey and Suds. Joey is the rat/bully and Suds is the nice third grade angle. Will suds become a rat? Will Joey get in trouble for trying to convince Suds and being mean to people? Read the book and find out what happens and why and read The fourth grade rats.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2009

    THIS WAS A GOOD BOOK!!!

    I just read this book in class and i thought it was an ok book. I really think that the writer could of put a little moe detal in the book, other than that it was a great book.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2011

    i would give it a 5 out of 10

    The book took mostly at home and at school. i did not feel that i could be in that poisison. im nothing like any other charecter in the story. The auther did not describe the charecters anough to me.i had to look at the picture. I love how he wrote the story useing awsome words. Ilove when suds got stuk in the tree and would not come down .He uesd noises in the book that maid it fun to read.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

    great sequel to third grade angels

    I had bought this in paperback because we had just finished reading third grade angels but I couldn't find it so I bought it on my nook and the kids loved me reading from my nook! I just wished an adapter was an option so I could put it on my screen.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    O.M.G

    This book was a fantastic book speaking from a fourth grader

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2007

    a reviewer

    i think that this book is ok but its not a must i mean not everybody should read it. You should only read this if your in 4th grade! my thoughts!

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2006

    Best book ever!!

    One the best books I read was Fourth Grade Rats. This book is told in first person and he is the main character and his name is Morton other character are Judy, Joey, Joey¿s mom and Morton¿s parents. The setting takes place at the first day of school Morton plays with his friend Joey at the playground then they go to lunch and Joey tells Morton to stop bringing his lunch and he tells him real 4th graders buy their lunch and Joey tries to make Morton act like a 4th grader not like a baby and if you want to know if Morton changes or not it will be for me to know and for you to find out by reading the book.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2004

    a reviewer

    An amazingly funny book! I was laughing outloud! Joey's opinion of becoming a man was to first be a rat(a fourth grade rat). But Suds was cautioned to become a rat.Although both Joey and Suds were friends, Joey embarrassed Suds occasionally. A wild adventure about two boys(Suds and Joey)trying to grow up to fast. I think it tells that being tough is not the first step to beig a man. I reccomend it for anyone that's looking for a good laugh. I loved this book!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2004

    a reviewer

    This book is about a boy who tries to be a rat, but at the end he learns that being a rat is not that fun.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    The hilarious book of all time

    THIS IS FUNNY!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    WOW!

    Best book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    This is the best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is the best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Yeah!!!!!!!!

    When I read this book, I fall in love with it!! It is such a great book! When I first read this 4th gread, I so got what he was doing! I LOVE THIS BOOK

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2014

    SUCKS SO MUCH¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿JK lol

    THIS WAS THE WORST BOOK IVE EVER READ LOL JK AGAIN

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    I LOVE THIS BOOK

    ITS A GREAT BOOK IF YOU HAVE NOTREAD IT YOU SHOULD ITS SO FUNNY I HADE A GREAT TIME READING IT YOU WILL TO I COULD NOT PUT THE BOOK DOWN

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Cool

    I really like the book it has a very good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    Such a good book

    I think thus book would be good for 3 and 4th grade this book has a lesson behind it. Most books by this athour if you are you want to read afeally good book by this athour read Loser.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Great book

    I love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Amazing

    Good book think i red it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Love the booj

    I love this book because it tells you to always be yourself and not become a total jerk like soeone else

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