Third Grade Mix-Up

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When Sidney Fletcher moves to Oak Grove, things get a little strange for Sydney Greene. Not only doesSydney share a name with a boy, but he's in her third-grade class! From first-day-of-school problems to Halloween drama, Sidney and Sydney quickly become friends. Who says boys and girls can't get along?
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Overview

When Sidney Fletcher moves to Oak Grove, things get a little strange for Sydney Greene. Not only doesSydney share a name with a boy, but he's in her third-grade class! From first-day-of-school problems to Halloween drama, Sidney and Sydney quickly become friends. Who says boys and girls can't get along?
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Publishers Weekly
The Sidney & Sydney series debuts with a straightforward story alternately narrated by two classmates with homophonic names and a few shared interests. Sidney has traveled extensively with his family, and Sydney aspires to be a world traveler; they both love art museums; and—the clincher—they are mutual fans of the video game Galaxy Conquest. Both Jakubowski and Montalto flatter their audience’s sense of independence and autonomy: “I’m only eight years old, but it’s never too early to be fashionable,” image-conscious Sydney tells readers, while jokester Sidney, sitting alone at lunch, knows “that it’s really dorky to get a note from your mom when you are eight years old. But it did make me feel a little better.” (The stylish students in Jablonski’s full-color illustrations, meanwhile, look much older than eight, but what kids think of themselves and their peers as young?) After some early stumbles, the two third-graders become fast friends, a relationship that’s cemented as they try to make Halloween a success. Sidney’s narrative can be repetitive and Sydney’s melodramatic, but readers should appreciate the book’s contemporary tone and humor. Ages 6–8. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Sidney Fletcher and his mom have just moved to the town where she grew up to be close to his grandparents. Little does he know that fashionista Sydney Greene also lives in Oak Grove and will be in the same class. Much to her dismay, on the first day of school, Sydney learns that there is another Sidney in her class and it is a boy. To make matters even worse, she has been separated from her best friend, Harley Livingstone. Adding insult to injury, she walks into the classroom and accidentally sits in the guy Sidney's chair. The situation improves dramatically when Sidney and Sydney discover they have several things in common, including the game Galaxy Conquest. The children narrate in alternating chapters. The plot is well defined, and the humor is definitely contemporary. The full-color illustrations give clarity to the characters. A good addition to early chapter book sections.—Janene Corbin, Rosebank Elementary School, Nashville, TN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404881044
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2013
  • Series: Sidney & Sydney
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 343,505
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 7.52 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Raised in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates, Michele Jakubowski has the teachers in her life to thank for her love of reading and writing. While writing has always been a passion for Michele, she believes it is the books she has read throughout the years, and the teachers who assigned them, that have made her the storyteller she is today. Michele lives in Powell, Ohio, with her husband, John, and their children, Jack and Mia.

Luisa Montalto followed a curved path to becoming an illustrator: She was first a dancer, then earned her doctorate degree in cinematography. She credits these experiences with giving her the energy and will to try harder. Finally, she went on to work with an independent comics magazine, before becoming a professional illustrator in 2003.

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  • Posted February 12, 2013

    Sidney and Sydney are victims of the very common crime of sharin

    Sidney and Sydney are victims of the very common crime of sharing the same name (spelled a little differently) with another person. While the story is cute and has a subtle message of kindness, it falls a little flat.

    It is not a new theme in children's books to have a boy and girl become friends. It happens in almost every book I've read. However, the nature of their friendship is charming. Sidney's mom is an artist, and Sydney wants to be an artist when she grows up. Sydney loves Galaxy Conquest, which just so happens to also be Sidney's favorite video game. When problems with Halloween arise, Sidney and Sydney decide to do something creative and selfless so that everybody wins.

    The plot is fairly simple, and nothing really stands out in it. I had been hoping for more of an issue to happen than the one that did. But this is the first book in the series, so much of the book is dedicated to establishing the children's friendship.

    Third Grade Mix-Up is a quick, easy read that most kids would enjoy, but probably not fall in love with.

    The Illustrations: I love the inclusion of full color illustrations throughout the book. Not every page has artwork, but most pages do. Luisa Montalto has a unique style that goes perfect with an early reader novel.

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  • Posted January 31, 2013

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    SIDNEY & SYDNEY: THIRD GRADE MIXUP by Michele Jakubowski is

    SIDNEY & SYDNEY: THIRD GRADE MIXUP by Michele Jakubowski is an interesting children's book. *It teaches you to make new friends and to look at the name tag before you set at a desk and make sure its yours* A very enjoyable for children of all ages. As you can see my 8 year old granddaughter enjoyed it. A wonderful debut series by this author. Grandparents a great read for your grandchildren. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
    RATING: 5
    HEAT RATING: NONE(CHILDREN'S BOOKS)
    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, and *an 8 year old* My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews

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    Posted March 6, 2013

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