Joshua T. Bates in Trouble Again

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Joshua T. Bates is back in a brand-new story that fills in the time between The Flunking of Joshua T. Bates and Joshua T. Bates Takes Charge. After flunking third grade and repeating a semester, Joshua has finally been promoted to fourth grade. But moving forward and fitting in are two different matters. Tommy Wilhelm, Joshua's sworn enemy, is the class leader and Josh will do anything to make sure Tommy doesn't think he's a nerd—like walking in on his first day with a cigarette behind his ear to look cool and ...
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Overview

Joshua T. Bates is back in a brand-new story that fills in the time between The Flunking of Joshua T. Bates and Joshua T. Bates Takes Charge. After flunking third grade and repeating a semester, Joshua has finally been promoted to fourth grade. But moving forward and fitting in are two different matters. Tommy Wilhelm, Joshua's sworn enemy, is the class leader and Josh will do anything to make sure Tommy doesn't think he's a nerd—like walking in on his first day with a cigarette behind his ear to look cool and stealing his dad's Swiss Army knife to show off at the playground. Luckily, Mrs. Goodwin, Joshua's favorite teacher from third grade, is there to listen and help, and finally Joshua understands that the only way to handle Tommy Wilhelm is to stand up to him. With moments both funny and poignant, this will be a big hit with fans of the first two books and will win many new fans as well.

After finally being promoted to fourth grade in the middle of the year, Joshua is so worried about the bully who rules the fourth grade boys that he makes some unwise decisions.

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Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Shreve is the expert chronicler of kids with the weight of the world on their shoulders.
Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati
Joshua T. Bates is starting the fourth grade two months later than all his friends because he has been held back in the third grade. With the help of Mrs. Goodwin, his third grade teacher and mentor, he gets promoted. The book opens with Joshua anxiously waking up on his first day in the fourth grade feeling like he won't fit in and dreading a confrontation with the class bully, Tommy Wilhelm. Joshua is a good boy who wants to do the right thing but is overcome by peer pressure. The book perceptively details Joshua's struggle with his new environment and the ways he copes with feelings of inadequacy. Joshua has loving, supportive parents and two sisters. His new closeness with older sister Amanda helps to sustain Joshua through the ordeal as does his friendship with Mrs. Goodwin. Joshua doesn't want to disappoint those who trust and love him and ultimately, put their faith in him and his good heart put him on the right track. Joshua is an endearing fourth grader that many kids will relate to. He tries to fit in by looking for ways to be accepted by the popular kids and, naturally, he makes mistakes. If kids can identify with the main character, they will also know someone like Tommy Wilhelm, the mean spirited class leader. He calls the shots in terms of who is popular and who should be shunned. School is often life's first testing ground for dealing with bullies, which is so clearly demonstrated by this fine book.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-4This easy chapter book picks up immediately after The Flunking of Joshua T. Bates (1995) and before the events in Joshua T. Bates Takes Charge (1993, both Knopf). The youngster gets a mid-year promotion to fourth grade and then his problems really begin. His archenemy, Tommy Wilhelm, is waiting for him and Joshua is determined to be cool and non-nerdy. Unfortunately, this leads him into unwise actions such as going into class with an unlit cigarette behind his ear and "borrowing" his father's Swiss Army knife and taking it to school. The boy's insecurities are well drawn and right on target for the intended audience. His triumph over Tommy is, perhaps, too easy to be realistic, but will be gratifying wish-fulfillment for similarly afflicted readers. Well written, with occasional, full-page, black-and-white drawings, this is a solid addition to the series.Lisa Smith, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375806759
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/9/2000
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.14 (w) x 6.79 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Shreve is the author of many books for children, including The Flunking of Joshua T. Bates; Joshua T. Bates Takes Charge; The Goalie,; Lucy Forever and Miss Rosetree, Shrinks (winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award); and The Gift of the Girl Who Couldn't Hear. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Shreve is a creative writing professor at George Mason University. She lives in Washington, D.C.
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