There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom

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Winner of 17 Children's Choice Awards nationwide, here is Louis Sachar's most beloved novel.

An IRA/CBC Children's Choice

An unmanageable, but lovable, eleven-year-old misfit learns to believe in himself when he gets to know the new school counselor, who is a sort of misfit too.

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Overview

Winner of 17 Children's Choice Awards nationwide, here is Louis Sachar's most beloved novel.

An IRA/CBC Children's Choice

An unmanageable, but lovable, eleven-year-old misfit learns to believe in himself when he gets to know the new school counselor, who is a sort of misfit too.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fifth grader Bradley Chalkers is bright, imaginative, antisocial and friendless. Unlike the kids at school, who hate him, Bradley's collection of chipped and broken little pottery animals allows him to be brave, smart and vulnerable; he uses them to resolve the rejection of peers and adults. Jeff, a new boy at school, offers friendship but then withdraws his offer, because Bradley is hard to like. Enter Carla Davis, new school counselor, who is caring and funny, and who gradually helps restore Bradley's self-confidence. Feelings and emotions are strongly evoked in this touching and serious story of a disturbed child that is infused with humor and insight. (10-12)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7 An unlikely protagonist, Bradley Chalkers is a friendless, lying, insecure bully who is the oldest boy in his fifth-grade class. In this humorous novel that tells of Bradley's learning to like himself and to make friends, Sachar ably captures both middle-grade angst and joy. Bradley's triumph comes through the friendship of a new boy at school and the help of the new school counselor. Readers, like the astute counselor, can see the strengths that Bradley has, and will cheer at his minor victories and cringe at his setbacks along the way. The story is unusual, witty, and satisfying, if not always believable: a few incidents just do not work. For instance, even though Bradley has not been doing his homework, his complete ignorance of it is unlikely (``He hadn't realized. . .he would need to bring his book home''), and his total unfamiliarity with birthday parties is too extreme for a ten year old, even one who hadn't been to a party in three years. Yet Bradley's need for acceptance even as he holds back from classmates who might mock or hurt him is genuine, and his eventual success will gratify readers. David Gale, ``School Library Journal''
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"A humorous and immensely appealing story...Readers are likely to come away with the sense that they've been rooting for themselves too"—Kirkus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807273586
  • Publisher: Listening Library, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1992
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 195
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.51 (w) x 8.15 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Louis Sachar

Louis Sachar is the author of Stanley Yelnats’s Survival Guide to Camp Green Lake and Holes, winner of the Newbery Medal and now a major motion picture. The author lives in Austin, TX.

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Bradley Chalkers sat at his desk in the back of the room-last seat, last row. No one sat at the desk next to him or at the one in front of him. He was an island.
If he could have, he would have sat in the closet. Then he could shut the door so he wouldn’t have to listen to Mrs. Ebbel. He didn’t think she’d mind. She’d probably like it better that way too. So would the rest of the class. All in all, he thought everyone would be much happier if he sat in the closet, but unfortunately, his desk didn’t fit.
“Class,” said Mrs. Ebbel. “ I would like you all to meet Jeff Fishkin. Jeff has just moved here from Washington, D.C., which as you know, is our nation’s capital.”
Bradley looked up at the new kid who was standing at the front of the room next to Mrs Ebbel.
“Why don’t you tell the class a little bit about yourself, Jeff,” urged Mrs. Ebbel.
The new kid shrugged.
“There’s no reason to be shy,” said Mrs. Ebbel.
The new kid mumbled something, but Bradley couldn’t hear what it was.
“Have you ever been to the White House, Jeff? Mrs. Ebbel asked. “I’m sure the class would be very interested to hear about that.”
“No, I’ve never been there,” the new kid said very quickly as he shook his head.
Mrs. Ebbel smiled at him. “Well, I guess we’d better find you a place to sit.” She looked around the room. “Hmm, I don’t see anyplace except, I suppose you can sit there, at the back.”
“No, not next to Bradley!” a girl in the front row exclaimed.
“At least its better than in front of Bradley,” said the boy next to her.
Mrs. Ebbel frowned. She turned to Jeff. “I’m sorry, but there are no other empty desks.”
“I don’t mind where I sit,” Jeff mumbled.
“Well, nobody likes sitting…there,” said Mrs. Ebbel.
“That’s right,” Bradley spoke up. “Nobody likes sitting next to me!” He smiled a strange smile. He stretched his mouth so wide, it was hard to tell whether it was a smile or a frown.
He stared at Jeff with bulging eyes as Jeff awkwardly sat down next to him. Jeff smiled back at him so he looked away.
As Mrs. Ebbel began the lesson, Bradley took out a pencil and a piece of paper, and scribbled. He scribbled most of the morning, sometimes on the paper and sometimes on his desk. Sometimes he scribbled so hard his pencil point broke. Every time that happened he laughed. Then he’d tape the broken point to one of the gobs of junk in his desk, sharpen his pencil and scribble again.
His desk was full of little wads of torn paper, pencil points, chewed erasers, and other unrecognizable stuff, all taped together.
Mrs. Ebbel handed back a language test. “Most of you did very well,” she said. “I was very pleased. There were fourteen A’s and the rest B’s. Of course there was one F, but…” She shrugged her shoulders.
Bradley held up his test for everyone to see and smiled that same distorted smile.
As Mrs. Ebbel went over the correct answers with the class, Bradley took out his pair of scissors and very carefully cut his test paper into tiny squares.
When the bell rang of recess, he put on his red jacket and walked outside, alone.
“Hey, Bradley, wait up!” somebody called after him.
Startled, he turned around.
Jeff, the new kid, hurried alongside him. “Hi,” said Jeff.
Bradley started at him in amazement.
Jeff smiled. “ I don’t mind sitting next to you,” he said. “Really.”
Bradley didn’t know what to say.
“I have been to the White House,” Jeff admitted. “If you want, I’ll tell you about it.”
Bradley thought a moment, then said, “Give me a dollar or I’ll spit on you.”

Copyright 1988 by Louis Sachar
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  • Posted February 11, 2009

    One time it is good for a boy to go in the girl's bathroom

    I read this book in a literature circle in an education class at my university. I quite enjoyed it even being 21 years old. The characters were dynamic and every chapter read was a surprise in itself. It opened my eyes to what it was like to be in fifth grade again.<BR/> The story puts you in the shoes of the main character and you get to relive the fifth grade experience again. You get to see the trails of what it is like to be a child that does not feel like they are accepted and the ways the child will act out and attempt to fit in. I was aware of all the things a child goes through but how big of an impact it had on the child kind of blurred until I read this book. Peer acceptance is a big thing to a student but also how a teacher treats a student plays a large role in their success. This book shows this. <BR/> You are reminded of the ways kids interact, what it was like to have crushes, the embarrassment tied to accidentally walking into the bathroom of the opposite sex, and what it is like to be left alone. You remember hall passes, getting gold stars or praise, and recess.<BR/> This book teaches good moral lessons to kids and adults alike. It also provides future educators or parent on ideas on how to deal with, and properly communicate with, students or kid who feel isolated.<BR/> This is an fun story which captures the imagination and uses an array of good vocabulary for a fifth grade reader (approximate). I would strongly recommend it to be implemented in a classroom for literature circles, buddy and/or independent readings because it is an interesting story which kids can connect to and really get into. Students will get into the book starting with just the cover. Just wait until they flip through the pages.

    18 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2009

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    This Book is Great!!!!!!!!!!

    It is a very funny book. I couldn't take my eyes off of the book when I started to read it.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    I love this book!

    In my theatre class at my school we are redoing this book into a play. I wanted to read the book tounderstand the character I am playing. I love this book. Shows how you can change yourself with hard work and a great consuler.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Abby

    This book rocks. I highly recomend it. Its funny and very interesting :)

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    100% Awsome

    The book there's a boy in the girls bathroom,is an awsome book.I give it a 100% awsome.An A++.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    AWESOME

    Great , hard not to stop read.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    Sniff....so good

    When i got to the ending......well i almost cried because of one part....but it was a good book.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2008

    A reviewer

    There¿s A Boy in the Girl¿s Bathroom written by Louis Sachar, is about Bradley and Jeff friendship at school. Bradley has problems at school with girls, his friend Jeff, and the teacher¿s. One time there was Jeff going somewhere and than! Well I am not going to tell you it is really funny. My favorite part was when Jeff and Bradley went to a girl¿s bathroom and they both got screamed at a girl. There was this great and funny part where Bradley was crying and he is a bully because someone who Bradley likes is transferring to another school. There¿s this part where Bradley and Jeff got hit by the same girl. That girl gave them both a black eye. Bradley goes to a birthday party this is his first time going to a birthday party. It is Colleen birthday. You should read this book it is really funny and a little bit sad. You should read what gift did Bradley gave Colleen for her birthday party. This is like the best book I have ever read I hope you like the book good luck.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2008

    okay

    I thought that There's a Boy in the Girls Bathroom was kind of funney, & in it's self wierd in some ways.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

    Great

    My teacher read this to my class and it was our second book

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2007

    A reviewer

    Have you ever done something you didn¿t mean to do? Then There¿s a Boy in the Girl¿s Bathroom is just the book for you! The story is about a boy named Bradley Chalkers who has to learn to behave and do better in school. I enjoyed reading the book because I thought it was hilarious. Bradley was held back when he was in fourth grade 'making him the biggest, oldest boy in Ms. Ebbel¿s fifth grade class' and it was probably not his last time in fifth grade. He makes friends with Jeff Fishkin, and Carla Davis, the school counselor. Ms. Davis often sees Bradley or Jeff for sessions. This makes me think about my little brother who¿s extremely annoying, like Bradley. You¿re probably thinking I¿m going to tell you more, but nice try. Do you think Bradley will change from mean to nice? Will he do better in school? Find out in There¿s a Boy in the Girl¿s Bathroom!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Great!

    I personally love this book! I have a lot of connections throughout the story so I can connect with some of the characters. Probaly even if the connections were not there I could probaly still feel the emotions of the character. I am in third grade and the characters are in fifth so even though I am not the exact age I can stll connect. It doesn't matter how old you are because in my opioin this book is great for all genera's

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    I read this book in 4th grade for literature circles. We had 3 b

    I read this book in 4th grade for literature circles. We had 3 books to choose from: A basketball book, a talking cat book, or There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom.
    I picked this book because it was LOUIS SACHAR and it had a funny name. The other 2 people in my group picked the other 2 books. We all had a fight over which one and couldn't decide so the teacher randomly picked one with her eyes closed. This one was picked and my group got mad but I knew I would like this book just 'cause it had a funny, stupid title. Better than basketball or a talking cat at least. We started reading this book and we ALL LOVED IT! At the end I almost cried and my group was sad because of that. (Not going to tell). This was the first book in my life besides anime that I haven't found boring at all. I would re-read this book anytime.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    A

    Loved it!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Ae

    Im reading this boog and am likeing it. God Bless Loius Sachar for his gift in writeing

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    Good

    I love this book

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    AWESOME BOOK

    AWESOME BOOK

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    Amazing

    This book was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Igive it a 5+

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    AMAZING for anyone to read

    It is not just a kids book it is about how a kid struggles to be who heis and he used to be a jerk but a consler helpshim .He feels that he finally has a chance but he doesnt know how to accomplish it. This book is amazing it shows u that if u try ur hardest it has got to work

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2007

    A reviewer

    I read this book twenty years ago, and I loved it. Now I am buying this book for my daughter. This was one of my first chapter books, and it made me feel like I was in the book with Bradley, they need to make more books like this, for our kids today.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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