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Tripping Over the Lunch Lady: and Other School Stories: and Other School Stories

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From Angela Johnson's funny story about a klutzy girl who thinks that square dancing will save her from the evil trampoline in gym, to Jim Proimos's zany ...

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Overview

Do you remember middle school?

Are you trying to forget, thank you very much?

Well, these ten short stories will certainly remind young readers of the trials and tribulations of their everyday existence . . . and make them laugh out loud at the same time.

From Angela Johnson's funny story about a klutzy girl who thinks that square dancing will save her from the evil trampoline in gym, to Jim Proimos's zany comic book story about always missing the bus, to Avi's imaginative story about an atrocious speller who manages to survive a robbery attempt and earn an A in English at the same time . . . each of these fictional stories humorously reflects those magical and not-so-magical school moments that we've all experienced.

Photos and reminiscences of the authors from their own school days add a personal touch to the collection, letting kids know that they aren't the only ones who've had to suffer the indignity of pop quizzes and sloppy joes!

Original stories by:
Avi Angela Johnson David Lubar James Proimos David Rice Susan Shreve Terry Trueman Rachel Vail Lee Wardlaw Sarah Weeks

An anthology of ten humorous short stories about life in school, written by well-known authors of children's books.

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Publishers Weekly
Students will likely see themselves in these 10 appetizing stories about the ups and many downs of school life. The fifth-grade heroine of Angela Johnson's title story is an endearing klutz of epic proportions (she has broken the gym teacher's nose). Avi's narrator misspells his way through an account of how his English teacher foiled a robbery and fell in love with an erudite thief. Three stories touch on the horrors of being saddled with a bad name, including Sarah Weeks's "Experts, Incorporated," in which the hero's name Rodney Curtain is fine until roll is called alphabetically ("Curtain, Rod"). Terry Trueman's tale of a class clown, forced to read aloud a serious poem about war, evokes the sweaty anxiety of waiting to be called on ("The war poems have taught us that it's not a very good idea to `volunteer,' " the narrator says). Humor leavens the weightier issues (reading trouble, social awkwardness, unrequited love) and a few jokes will elicit groans (asked to define "random" in science class, a character in "Science Friction" explains, "There were two squirrels in my driveway, but then my dad random over"). Unfolding in comic book-style panels, James Proimos's droll story, depicting a day-in-the-life of a bungling wiseacre is hilarious. Brief biographical information at the end of each tale reveals that almost every writer's least favorite subject was math. Unlike school cafeteria fare, this inviting buffet has something for everyone. Ages 10-up. (July) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-This amusing anthology of 10 short stories, by authors such as Avi, Angela Johnson, David Lubar, and Rachel Vail, will resonate with students everywhere. Sarah Weeks's "Experts, Incorporated," explores how a name can lead to horrific nicknames, like that of the protagonist: Curtain, Rod. Readers will cringe at their own inadequacies, sympathize with the embarrassment of the characters, groan at the familiar odor of "fish sticks in the lunchroom," and cheer when the shame of being in "Special Reading" results in self-awareness and new friends. James Proimos's "The Grade School Zone" is a comic-strip story of a boy's Italian grandmother who fractures the English language. Lee Wardlaw's "The Desk" centers on the mystery and magic arising from the seat of an itinerant circus student, and David Rice's "Tied to Zelda" describes a crush on a friend in school. A skillfully written and engaging collection that's sure to be popular.-Rebecca Sheridan, Easttown Library & Information Center, Berwyn, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Laughing so hard that milk comes out of your nose; crossing the finish line first in the three-legged race; harboring a secret crush on someone with whom you have never spoken. The ten stories in this collection manage to capture the action, the politics, the memories, and the heartache of life in grade school. Tackling topics such as unfortunate nicknames, illiteracy, and improbable friendships, the stories entertain as well as enlighten. Smart children, conniving children, and amusing children populate the pages of this collection, but mostly they are children who seem familiar and real. Well-known children's authors such as Avi, Sarah Weeks, and Susan Shreve have managed to capture the magic as well as the pain of the elementary years. Grade school never looked so good. (Fiction. 10+)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803728738
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/22/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 5 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 0.84 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2005

    Marvelous! Hilarious! READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    While at the library, I had just picked up this book 'cause it seemed hysterical. Well, it was, but it was more than that. It was saddening. angering, making you feel stuff like, Mrs. Burke is STUPID! Miss Cannister is smart and awesome! You can relate to these stories, and I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2004

    Brought me right back

    I bought this book for my 11 year old neice and ended up reading it before giving it to her. The stories are told in such a way that you can truly remember what it's like to be that age. It covers the funny stuff, the hurtful stuff, and keeps you laughing the entire way. I can't wait for my neice to read it!

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