How to Be Cool in the Third Grade [NOOK Book]

Overview

It's not easy to seem cool when the whole class knows you wear superhero underwear and your mom still kisses you goodbye at the bus stop. But Robbie York has a plan. 1) Get rid of the name Robbie. 2) Get jeans. 3)Avoid bullies like Bo Haney. If only it were that simple!

When Robbie York is marked as a target by a bully at school, he decides that the only way to ...

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How to Be Cool in the Third Grade

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Overview

It's not easy to seem cool when the whole class knows you wear superhero underwear and your mom still kisses you goodbye at the bus stop. But Robbie York has a plan. 1) Get rid of the name Robbie. 2) Get jeans. 3)Avoid bullies like Bo Haney. If only it were that simple!

When Robbie York is marked as a target by a bully at school, he decides that the only way to survive the third grade is by being cool.

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Editorial Reviews

Stephanie Zvirin
Here Duffey focuses on two typical kid concerns--the yearning to be somebody special and problems with a school bully. Robbie York desperately wants to be "cool" at school this year. Unfortunately, he doesn't have a chance: his mother takes his picture at the bus stop; he has a sissy-looking ruler; and, unlike most of the rest of the kids in third grade, he is not wearing blue jeans. When he loses his footing on the bus and accidentally lands in the lap of the class bully, his yearning to be cool is quickly transformed into a wish to get through the day without being harassed. Once at home, he alerts his mother to the fact that she is embarrassing him (no more kissing or picture-taking in front of other kids, please); it is much tougher, however, to get on the good side of his third-grade bete noire. The story ends abruptly with Robbie managing to win over "the enemy" with a mite too much aplomb. More realistic are Duffey's genuine, good-humored glimpses at the embarrassments of being young. Another Duffey chapter book follows.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101076927
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Series: Chapter, Puffin Series
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 50,354
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

"I used to get in trouble in grade school - for reading. There was something irresistible about books to me, the things that happened in books always seemed more interesting than my real world of freeze tag and jump rope in Morgantown, West Virginia. My favorite books were biographies. Like most writers I know I have always been interested in people. I like to try to figure out how people think and what they are going to do next. I love to hear how people talk and what they care about.



"I was quiet as a child. I have always liked to listen more than I like to talk. I think that's why I am a writer. If I pay enough attention and listen hard enough to a person I begin to see beyond the words to the feelings and the truth.



"When I was young I didn't plan to be a writer. My mother, Betsy Byars, is a writer and I knew first hand what that meant. You sat at a desk for hours and typed and typed and typed. It didn't seem very exciting. I wanted a job that did not take place in a bedroom, a job that required clothes like a business suit or a white lab coat.



"My mother's writing was a part of my childhood. I have early memories of watching my mother at the typewriter, of reading her manuscripts, of sharing the excitement when a book was accepted for publication and of seeing her stories become books. She often asked me to critique a manuscript by placing an arrow in the margin pointing to the spot where I lost interest. I learned to edit at a young age.



"When it was time for me to choose a career I decided on Medical Technology. I loved science and I got to wear that white lab coat. My favorite job title was given to me when my husband, Bill, and I lived in Ankara, Turkey and I worked at a Turkish hospital. Grand Supreme Supervisor and Expert Specialist. It was the pinnacle of my career as a scientist.



"When my children were born I stayed home to raise them and read to them. I began to get ideas for books of my own and when those ideas came, I knew what to do. I sat at a desk for hours and typed and typed and typed and I discovered it was exciting after all.



"Most of my ideas come from my own children and the things that they do. When Charles invented a food fight catapult at Young Inventor's Camp, I wrote The Gadget War. When we were housebreaking our dog, Chester, I wrote A Boy in the Doghouse. When we moved, I wrote Hey, New Kid.

"When I create a character I usually start with their appearance. The physical features come from people I know. All the feelings of the character come from me. All of my characters are a little bit me. I have Cody's imagination, Lucky's optimism, Booker's love of words.



"When I was growing up in West Virginia, my family ate every meal together- breakfast, lunch and dinner. What I remember most about those meals is laughter. There was no problem so big that we couldn't solve it around that table with love and humor. Most of the laughter came from the stories that we told each other. They usually started with phrases like: You won't believe what happened to me. or That's nothing I... Sharing stories helps people feel better about their own problems.



"I write only in the mornings when my kids are in school. In the afternoons I spend time with them car pooling them to sports and church activities. My favorite thing to do in my spare time has not changed since I was a child - reading."



Betsy Duffey is the author of numerous books for young readers, including Hey, New Kid!; The Gadget War; The Math Wiz; and Utterly Yours, Booker Jones (all Viking and Puffin). She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

















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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Anonymous 9 yr old

    I loved the book because it is FUNNY!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    My students enjoyed this book!

    My students enjoyed this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Monique

    It is goood for kids

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    ink this book is fantastic! It has a lot of humor in it as well

    ink this book is fantastic! It has a lot of humor in it as well as addressing bullying. Presently I'm reading this book to my
    second graders.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Highly Recommended for children going into Third Grade!

    A lovely story with an important message about self-esteem, bullying and kids who still want to be kids but need to feel "cool"!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Even tho i have'nt read it it looks good


    Even thu i havn't read it it looks good i should know cuz im a third grader

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Great book

    This book was great! But the boy is not cool to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    I wrot the one under me

    What i meant to say was...I got the sample of it.I was OK

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Hoq to be cool in third grade

    Ask u friends how to be cool dont listen to tjis dum bookdum

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    sucks

    it is the worst book ever

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2003

    This Book is SO cool!

    This story is about a kid Robbie York who doesn't think he's cool. He goes to school and finds out he is in the same class as a bully Bo Hany. He thinks he is the most uncool third grader. That night he makes a list for what he thinks he needs to be cool. The next day he goes to school and they get reading buddys and Robbie is a reading buddy.The thing he doen't no is he is buddys with Bo Hany. That day his mom goes to the store and he asks his mom to get jeans and white underware. Do you think these new close will make him cool? Read the book to find out.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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