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Rosie Swanson: Fourth-Grade Geek for President (Geek Chronicles Series #2)

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Vote for Rosie!

Sure, she wears geeky-looking glasses and she tattles on her classmates. But, hey, snitching has its good side. Thanks to Rosie, Ronald Milligan has stopped blowing his nose in the water fountain. And now, Rosie is determined to do even more for her classmates — by becoming president of the fourth grade!

With the help of her two best (and only) friends, Rosie devises a brilliant campaign to defeat the two most popular kids in ...

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Rosie Swanson: Fourth-Grade Geek for President (Geek Chronicles Series #2)

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Overview

Vote for Rosie!

Sure, she wears geeky-looking glasses and she tattles on her classmates. But, hey, snitching has its good side. Thanks to Rosie, Ronald Milligan has stopped blowing his nose in the water fountain. And now, Rosie is determined to do even more for her classmates — by becoming president of the fourth grade!

With the help of her two best (and only) friends, Rosie devises a brilliant campaign to defeat the two most popular kids in her class: soccer star Alan Allen and model-wannabe Summer Lynne Jones. But when despicable Alan steals Rosie's unbeatable campaign slogans, it's time to watch out! Nosy Rosie is on the warpath!

Average, unpopular Rosie runs for class president against two of the most popular kids in the fourth grade.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Park, as usual, is right on target with kids' problems, and Rosie learns some pretty tough things about friendship and popularity. With thoroughly believable characters and plenty of laugh-out-loud lines, her experience makes for a very good read."—Booklist
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this sequel to Maxie, Rosie and Earl--Partners in Grime , Rosie runs for fourth-grade president in an attempt to gain more clout at school. Using Maxie's advice about choosing a platform that will distinguish her from other candidates, Rosie focuses on the abysmal cafeteria lunches. But her two popular competitors wrangle strategic information out of the easily intimidated Maxie. Seeking revenge, Rosie spreads a secret to besmirch the reputation of one of her opponents. Her plan backfires, but she learns from the experience. Park's characters are no more likable this time around: Rosie fully deserves the ``snitch'' moniker, and isn't remorseful until it is she who suffers. Further, the comedy is strained and the dialogue corny. Still, Rosie's first-person narrative offers an inside look at school elections and the ramifications of resorting to smear tactics. Ages 8-11. (Oct.)
Children's Literature
Rosie Swanson considers herself a regular, average fourth grade girl. Perhaps it is her ordinariness that makes her so endearing. She is certainly a character to which many readers will relate. She is an honest and rule abiding student who takes her self-appointed role of secret informer very seriously. In fact, she so strongly believes that all kids should always follow all of the rules that she decides to run for president of the fourth grade. After a little coercing, she is able to enlist the aid of two of her best friends. Secretly, the three of them devise a political platform that promises to change the quality of the food that is served in their school cafeteria. They put a great deal of time and effort into developing campaign slogans, posters, and buttons. Imagine Rosie's surprise when she discovers that her campaign slogan has been "borrowed" by an opponent. Throughout this experience, Rosie learns about the political process as well as about values and honesty. Although the characters in the book sometimes call each other negative names such as "four-eyed geek" and "fat kid," this is an unfortunately accurate portrayal of how many children treat one another. Rosie, however, admirably attempts to defend herself and she sets a good example for other kids. This book is part of the "Geek Chronicles" trilogy. 2000 (orig. 1991), Random House, $4.50. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Denise Daley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679833710
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/11/2006
  • Series: Geek Chronicles Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprinted Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 388,621
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

BARBARA PARK is best known as the author of the wildly popular New York Times bestselling Junie B. Jones series, which has kept kids (and their grown-ups) laughing—and reading—for over two decades. Beloved by millions, the Junie B. Jones books have been translated into multiple languages and are a time-honored staple in elementary school classrooms around the world. Every bit as funny as her best-known character, Barbara once said, “There are those who believe that the value of a children’s book can be measured only in terms of the moral lessons it tries to impose or the perfect role models it offers. Personally, I happen to think that a book is of extraordinary value if it gives the reader nothing more than a smile or two. In fact, I happen to think that’s huge.”

Barbara Park is also the author of award-winning middle grade novels and bestselling picture books, including Skinnybones, Mick Harte Was Here, and The Kid in the Red Jacket.

Barbara Park was born in New Jersey in 1947 and spent most of her adult life in Arizona, where she and her husband, Richard, raised two sons. Barbara died in 2013, but her legacy lives on in the laughter her books give to readers all over the world.

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    1. Hometown:
      Scottsdale, Arizona
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 21, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Mt. Holly, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Alabama, 1969
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2006

    Abby * Read of all books

    I can be called a Rosie because I have glasses, but they are not geeky. I have a best friend named Genna & and she and i do everything together. Although I am not in the fourth grade I am in 6th. but there are a lot of cool kids like cassie, Brittney, and a lot more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2001

    Barbara Park Does It Again!

    This book is a great book. I think it is good. I read it for school. I really liked this book. That's like an honor, because there aren't many books that I like! I love to read, I just need to find the books that interest me. Barbara Park is the best author. She does it again!!

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