Stinky Stern Forever

Stinky Stern Forever

by Michelle Edwards
     
 

The students are working on an art project, and Matthew "Stinky" Stern is up to his usual tricks. When school lets out, and the kids head home, something unexpected—and horrible—happens that will change the class forever. Jackson Friends series.

Overview

The students are working on an art project, and Matthew "Stinky" Stern is up to his usual tricks. When school lets out, and the kids head home, something unexpected—and horrible—happens that will change the class forever. Jackson Friends series.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-This fourth book in the series focuses on a potentially scary and emotionally charged theme: the death of a classmate. Pa Lia Vang doesn't like Stinky Stern, the bully of her second-grade class. But late one day, on his way home from school, he is hit by a van in full view of the child. She learns later that evening that he has died. When the students take turns remembering him, Pa Lia is unsure of what to say. In an honest and sensitive series of remembrances, the author never allows her characters to sugarcoat or gloss over the boy's past injustices. The children acknowledge the truth about their relationship with Stinky, but also express their sadness and confusion about his death. Edwards's expressive black-and-white computer-sketched illustrations provide additional details about the characters and setting. The author handles the topic with skill and sensitivity, a significant accomplishment given the vocabulary and structural constraints of the easy-to-read chapter-book format. While the subject matter is indeed serious and the tone, for the most part, somber, children who have experienced the loss of a classmate or friend will find hope in this honest presentation.-Carol L. MacKay, Camrose Public Library, Alberta, Canada Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756981983
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/01/2007
Series:
Jackson Friends
Pages:
49
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

MICHELLE EDWARDS has written and illustrated many books for young readers, including Chicken Man, winner of the National Jewish Book Award. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa.



 

MICHELLE EDWARDS is the author-illustrator of Chicken Man, winner of the National Jewish Book Award, several other acclaimed picture books, and the Jackson Friends series, which includes Pa Lia's First Day, a Parent's Guide to Children's Media Award winner, Zero Grandparents, and The Talent Show. She lives with her family in Iowa City.

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