Mason Dixon: Fourth-Grade Disasters

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Here's the second entry in veteran author Claudia Mills' charming middle-grade series, which finds the lovably sardonic title character starting the fourth grade, which he's dreading: everyone in fourth grade is expected to join the school choir. And sing. In front of everyone. Mason can't think of many things he enjoys less than singing. But performing in front of other people might come close; Mason devises a foolproof plan that will keep him out of the spotlight on concert night. Of course, in the world of ...

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Overview

Here's the second entry in veteran author Claudia Mills' charming middle-grade series, which finds the lovably sardonic title character starting the fourth grade, which he's dreading: everyone in fourth grade is expected to join the school choir. And sing. In front of everyone. Mason can't think of many things he enjoys less than singing. But performing in front of other people might come close; Mason devises a foolproof plan that will keep him out of the spotlight on concert night. Of course, in the world of Mason Dixon, there is no such thing as a foolproof plan. There is only disaster.

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Children's Literature - JoAn Watson Martin
Imagine beginning the Fourth Grade with dread. Mason's mother, his best friend Brody, even his dog assured pessimistic Mason that Fourth Grade would be his best year. The worst fact about the year was that everyone was required to sing in the school choir, The Plainfield Platters. His mother and Brody couldn't seem to remember that Mason Dixon did not sing. But his choir teacher was so impressed with his lovely voice that she wanted him to take voice lessons. His homeroom teacher called the class his "Team," and gave all instructions as if it were a ballgame. Mason hated sports. Oh misery! His friend, Nora, suggested that he offer to be the stage manager for the upcoming concert instead of singing. Fourth Graders will love this story about their everyday life at school. Dealing with parents, teachers, best friends, and non-friends, the reader will worry along with Mason when his mother accepts the job of repairing Puff, the dragon mascot of the school. Guy Francis scatters funny, tender pencil drawings throughout so the reader can visualize the children. Reminiscent of Judy Bloom's Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Mason Dixon's wry humor is rampant the whole time. The last few pages give us an excerpt of Mason Dixon's next big adventure, Basketball Disasters. Reviewer: JoAn Watson Martin
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Gr 3–5—Mason Dixon is now starting fourth grade—the grade everyone looks forward to because it means joining the Plainfield Platters chorus. Mason, haunted by a kindergarten assembly embarrassment, does everything in his power to avoid participating. He and his parents strike a just-try-it-out deal, and he comes up with the idea of serving as the one-man stage crew. Surprisingly, the plan flies, but Mason finds himself in the spotlight—singing—in the end, coming to his best friend's rescue when Brody freezes up during a solo. Hilarious yet believable twists (Mason's dog eats the school mascot, a plush dragon) and deadpan humor make this glimpse into fourth-grade life a treat.-Amanda Moss Struckmeyer, Middleton Public Library, WI—
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375968747
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/8/2011
  • Series: Mason Dixon Series , #2
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

CLAUDIA MILLS is the author of over 40 books for young readers.  She loves to sing, loudly, in front of large audiences, but unfortunately nobody else ever wants her to do this.  So instead she curls up with her cat, Snickers, on her couch at home in Boulder, Colorado, drinking hot chocolate and writing. Visit Claudia at www.claudiamillsauthor.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Mayson

    Mmmm sir....wht....wat if someone saw....looks at the curtains open in the window.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    :D

    >:@"@:**&;**+7*'4/7-1-5:*&@'**$%&-%:-&"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Sky

    Wat was the last thing he said to u?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Jack to mayson

    I miss you so much baby. I wish u would come back. Unless ur with that...girl. then i hope ur happy. * a tear falls* just know i love you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    OK

    Too short. Overall story was OK. Not good, not great, just OK.

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