The Sub

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"When the substitute walks in, James and Ray quickly decide to switch desks and identities--but the joke turns as sour as the smells from Ray's garbage-filled desk when James finds himself blamed for his friend's high jinks and poor schoolwork. . . . A funny, uncontrived story."--Kirkus Reviews. IRA/CBC Children's Choice.

Two friends switch seats when their class has a substitute teacher and find that it isn't so easy to be someone else.

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Overview

"When the substitute walks in, James and Ray quickly decide to switch desks and identities--but the joke turns as sour as the smells from Ray's garbage-filled desk when James finds himself blamed for his friend's high jinks and poor schoolwork. . . . A funny, uncontrived story."--Kirkus Reviews. IRA/CBC Children's Choice.

Two friends switch seats when their class has a substitute teacher and find that it isn't so easy to be someone else.

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
A substitute teacher is always fair game for a few harmless pranks, isn't she? James's best friend Ray thinks so and at first James goes along with the idea. When their teacher Mr. Hart is absent, James and Ray switch seats and use each other's names to confuse the sub, but then the gag gets out of hand. First of all James decides he really likes Mrs. Walters, who is good natured, cool, and right at home in the class. Then he finds that he doesn't like sitting at Ray's messy, smelly desk and he really doesn't like his name being put up on the board when Ray does something wrong. He's glad when the day is over, but then dismayed when he discovers Mr. Hart will be out until Thursday. Is James stuck pretending to be Ray or is there a way to set things right? This is a "Puffin Chapters" book and kids will enjoy the light humor as James and Ray muddle through this mess of their own making. 2000 (orig. 1993), Puffin/Penguin Putnam Books, Ages 7 to 10, $3.99 and $13.99. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
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Gr 3-4-- When best friends James and Ray discover that they will have a substitute until their ailing teacher returns to school, James offhandedly suggests that they switch seats just to confuse her. The ``fun'' begins when Ray pulls his usual antics by talking in class, but James's name is the one to go on the blackboard--with multiple check marks. By the end of the first day, the real James has lost his enthusiasm for the trick, but doesn't have the courage to confess--until the day Ray suffers a nasty ankle sprain and has to go to the hospital. Fortunately, Mrs. Walters is an experienced, super sub and knows just how to handle the ``switcheroos.'' She never blinks an eyelash, plays along with the game, and ultimately wins the boys' respect through her patience and humor. Beginning chapter-book readers will find enough action here to keep them turning the pages and reluctant older readers, too, will identify with the real characters and situations. With one glance at the jacket's lively illustration and the pencil sketches throughout the text, students will be eager to read this one. The uncomplicated plot and the fast pace of story will involve them from the beginning. Good, clean fun throughout! --Mary Lou Budd, Milford South Elementary School, OH
Kay Weisman
A worthy addition to the burgeoning easy-chapter-book genre, this work bridges the gap between easy readers and intermediate fiction. James and his best friend, Ray, decide to trick their substitute teacher by switching places in class. At first their plan succeeds (thanks to the cooperation of the other students), but as one day drags into three, James begins to tire of the whole charade. Ray's desk is messy and smelly; James cannot tolerate a classmate who constantly kicks his chair, and he resents having to accept Ray's poor marks. By the time Ray is accidentally hurt on the playground (necessitating a call to his parents), James is relieved to confess the crime and eager to accept his punishment (picking up litter at recess). Realistic characters and believable, humorous situations are Petersen's strengths, and a vagueness about the boys' ages will make the novel acceptable for slightly older, reluctant readers, too. Give this to fans of Harry Allard's "Miss Nelson is Missing" (1977) who are not quite ready for Jamie Gilson's "Thirteen Ways to Sink a Sub" (1982).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525450597
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/2/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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