From the Publisher
"With a well-drawn school backdrop and a believable main character, this is a perceptive story that makes it plain what it's like to be an outcast and also what it takes to be a hero. Welcome back, Joshua."Booklist
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The humorous trials and tribulations of this put-upon protagonist include having to repeat the third grade, and being chosen best friend by the class dork. Ages 7-11. (June)
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Joshua T. Bates takes charge of his own life. This utterly wonderful, fully realistic novel by Susan Shreve is set in Washington, DC, where Joshua previously flunked third grade (The Flunking of Joshua T. Bates.) Now in fifth grade, promoted back to his class, he's still got to deal with the class bully's treatment of an underdog-not him this time, but the "new kid" in the class. Young readers will love this story. Any parent who has ever dealt with a bully will, too.