School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 2-3-Randall feels that his life is ruined. His parents have divorced and he and his mother have to move to a new town. Now the class bully is after him and the rest of the kids just ignore him. Then he finds a mission when he remembers an old movie-The Scarlet Pimpernel. Like the daring French champion, he resolves to do noble deeds in secret. He retrieves a homework paper vandalized by Gordo's gang, locates a stolen toy, and encourages a student upset by a classroom conflict. Each time, he leaves an anonymous note stamped with a red flower. The whole class is excited by the mysterious messages, and speculation about the unseen hero occupies every lunch hour and recess. While Randall enjoys his secret identity, he wonders if he will ever be accepted as himself. The short chapters and realistic dialogue will appeal to transition readers, and they'll identify with the authentic characters and classroom relationships. A humorous beginning chapter book with a quiet message about courage and individuality.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
Kirkus ReviewsAnother transferring-to-a-new-school story for young readers. Randall has moved near the end of the school year. Worries that haunt all third graders also follow him around. How will he fit in? Will he make friends with those who've had the whole year to bond? The narrative reveals that Randall's parents have recently divorced, but he seems much more concerned about school. Only one phone call to Dad lets readers know that Randall even gives that usually traumatic situation a second thought. He's too wrapped up in his role as a secret hero. Randall has just watched a movie called The Scarlet Pimpernel and decides that he will be like the hero of the movie and leave little secret notes of encouragement for his classmates. A classmate drops his homework and Russell secretly retrieves it and leaves a note, stamped with an ink rose that he happens to keep in his desk. A girl cries because she does not get her choice for a class project and Russell drops a note on her desk. One might forgive the saccharine situations if the characters read like children about to enter the fourth grade, but they don't. A puffin Beanie Baby? Wailing tears when someone chooses the same tree to study? Secret notes with a rose, stamped by a boy? Nosy third graders would figure that out in a few seconds, if they cared. They would notice the presence of a red ink pad very quickly, especially in the desk of a new student. Setting the scene in a younger class--say, the end of first grade--would have made a lot more sense. Young readers looking for the next chapter book will find this just marginally acceptable. (Fiction. 6-9)
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The Hero of Third Grade By: Alice De La Croix Randall is the main character. He became a secret hero to help him get through the day at school. Gordo was the bully of the school. Max was a quiet kid that got picked on. Randall feels that his life is ruined. His parents got divorced and his mother and him had to move to a new town called Rushport. He had to start a new school when school was almost over. He was worried about fitting in. Then Gordo started picking on him because no one at the school liked him. It was April and it was in Rushport. Even if your parents get a divorce and you move to a new town everything will be ok in the end. I kind of liked the book because some of it reminds me of my life. Like going to a new school and trying to fit in. I connected to the book because my parents got divorced and I went to a new school.