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Children's LiteratureLife at Rotten School seems terrific for Bernie Bridges. He drinks foamy root beer, boasts of many friends, and has the perfect slave, Belzer. Belzer feeds Bernie's parrot, washes his laundry, and even does his homework. What more could one want? Well, Bernie wants the Heinie Award. This prize is for the most outstanding student in the fourth grade. Too bad Mrs. Heinie does not like him, but he can change that. He knows how to be charming and caring. The other complication in Bernie's life arrives in the mail. Belzer's parents want him to leave school. Now how can Bernie convince Belzer's parents that he is not a loser and must stay at Rotten School? The plan forms in his mind, but this may mean that the Heinie award will have to go to someone else. Will Bernie's selfish plot cost him what he wants most? Does Belzer take advantage of Bernie's agenda and turn it around for his own personal gain? Will the reader end up laughing or crying? Only R.L Stine's brand of humor can make Rotten School into a place where reluctant readers will want to go. Bravo! The awesome illustrations and story line create a gross but hilarious plot where a conniving student must learn the true meaning of friendship. One can only imagine where R.L. Stine finds his inspirations and tales. If only he could find a way to make school lunch more enjoyable. Book #6 in the "Rotten School" series. 2006, Parachute Publishing/HarperCollins, and Ages 8 to 10.