Wayside School Is Falling Down

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The teacher pushes the new computer out of the window- what's going on here? It's just a lesson on the laws of gravity in one of the wacky incidents in this sequel to Sideways Stories From Wayside School. As the outrageous fun continues in a school of classrooms built one on top of the other, the 29 children up on the 30th floor engage in one adventure after another, changing the school routine into something that is far from normal.

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Overview

The teacher pushes the new computer out of the window- what's going on here? It's just a lesson on the laws of gravity in one of the wacky incidents in this sequel to Sideways Stories From Wayside School. As the outrageous fun continues in a school of classrooms built one on top of the other, the 29 children up on the 30th floor engage in one adventure after another, changing the school routine into something that is far from normal.

More humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, where students learn to tango, face the cafeteria's dreaded Mushroom Surprise, and study a hobo during show and tell. Sequel to "Sideways Stories from Wayside School."

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The wacky school--and unusual characters--first portrayed in Sideways Stories from Wayside School is back. But in the sequel, the students venture further than they dared before--Myron walks down to the basement, Allison finds the nonexistent 29th floor, Mrs. Jewls drops a brand-new computer from the 30th floor, Jenny reads a story backwards, and a substitute teacher turns the tables on the class. Sachar has written 30 tongue-in-cheek, slightly madcap stories that are sure to appeal to the slightly caustic humor that is typical of middle readers. Illustrations not seen by PW. Ages 8-12. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-- Wayside School is 30 stories high with only one room on each floor. On the top floor is Mrs. Jewls' class, where order has been abandoned in favor of nonsense and silliness. Each of the 30 stories in this collection features an unusual vignette or character sketch. The stories are only loosely tied together, and many have a shaggy dog quality. While adult readers may be left quizzical, children who relish the ridiculous will enjoy themselves tremendously. With bad puns, extended jokes, and an irreverent attitude, Sachar keeps his readers amused. This is a sequel to Sideways Stories from Wayside School (Scholastic, 1988). --Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380754847
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1990
  • Series: Wayside School Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 52,640
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Louis Sachar

When Louis Sachar was going to school, his teachers always pronounced his name wrong. Now that he has become a popular author of children’s books, teachers all over the country are pronouncing his name wrong. It should be pronounced “Sacker,” like someone who tackles quarterbacks or someone who stuffs potatoes into sacks.

Mr. Sachar received a B.A. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. His first book, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, was accepted for publication during his first year of law school. After receiving his law degree, he spent six years asking himself whether he wanted to be an author or a lawyer before deciding to write for children full-time. His books include Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, Wayside School is Falling Down, Dogs Don’t Tell Jokes, and the Marvin Redpost series.

Louis Sachar lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and their daughter, Sherre.

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A Package for Ms. Jewls


Louis, the yard teacher, frowned.

The school yard was a mess. There were pencils and pieces of paper everywhere. How'd all this junk get here? he wondered. Well, I'm not going to pick it up!

It wasn't his job to pick up garbage. He was just supposed to pass out the balls during lunch and recess, and also make sure the kids didn't kill each other.

He sighed, then began cleaning it up. He loved all the children at Wayside School. He didn't want them playing on a dirty playground.

As he was picking up the pencils and pieces of paper, a large truck drove into the parking lot. It honked its horn twice, then twice more.

Louis ran to the truck. "Quiet!" he whispered. "Children are trying to learn in there!" He pointed at the school.

A short man with big, bushy hair stepped out of the truck. "I have a package for somebody named Mrs. Jewls," he said.

"I'll take it," said Louis.

"Are you Mrs. Jewls?" asked the man.

"No," said Louis.

"I have to give it to Mrs. Jewls," said the man.

Louis thought a moment. He didn't want the man disturbing the children. He knew how much they hated to be interrupted when they were working.

"I'm Mrs. Jewls," he said.

"But you just said you weren't Mrs. Jewls," said the man.

"I changed my mind," said Louis.

The man got the package out of the back of the truck and gave it to Louis. "Here you go, Mrs. Jewls," he said.

"Uhh!" Louis grunted. It was a very heavy package. The word FRAGILE was printed on every side. He had to be careful not to drop it.

The package was so big, Louis couldn't see where he was going.Fortunately, he knew the way to Mrs. Jewls's class by heart. It was straight up.

Wayside School was thirty stories high with only one room on each story. Mrs. Jewls's class was at the very top. It was Louis's favorite class.

He pushed through the door to the school, then started up the stairs. There was no elevator.

There were stairs that led down to the basement too, but nobody ever went down there. There were dead rats living in the basement.

The box was pressed against Louis's face, squashing his nose. Even so, when he reached the fifteenth floor, he could smell Miss Mush cooking in the cafeteria. It smelled like she was making mushrooms. Maybe on my way back I'll stop by Miss Mush's room and get some mushrooms, he thought. He didn't want to miss Miss Mush's mushrooms. They were her specialty.

He huffed and groaned and continued up the stairs. His arms and legs were very sore, but he didn't want to rest. This package might be important, he thought. I have to get it to Mrs. Jewls right away.

He stepped easily from the eighteenth story to the twentieth. There was no nineteenth story.

Miss Zarves taught the class on the nineteenth story. There was no Miss Zarves.

At last he struggled up the final step to the thirtieth story. He knocked on Mrs. Jewls's door with his head.

Mrs. Jewls was in the middle of teaching her class about gravity when she heard the knock "Come in," she called.

"I can't open the door," Louis gasped. "My hands are full. I have a package for you."

Mrs. Jewls faced the class. "Who wants to open the door for Louis?" she asked.

All the children raised their hands. They loved to be interrupted when they were working.

"Oh dear, how shall I choose?" asked Mrs. Jewls. "I have to be fair about this. I know! We'll have a spelling bee. And the winner will get to open the door."

Louis knocked his head against the door again. "It's heavy," he complained. "And I'm very tired."

Wayside School is Falling Down. Copyright © by Louis Sachar. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted September 26, 2009

    Good Read

    Another good summer reading choice that was engaging and stimulating for my 10 year old son.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    Simply Amazing! Best part of my childhood!

    Simply Amazing!

    Best part of my childhood!

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    Querky, funny book for kids to read

    I bought this series for my daughters. They love the stories. They are so silly that it's entertaining reading for the kids. I would suggest it for kids of all ages who are reading, especially if you are encouraging them to read more.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    I wish I could give it 10 stars

    I'm twenty now and a junior in college and I still remember reading this book when I was in elementary school. This book has stayed with me ever since then and I still go back every now and then to read it. The wayside school series is absolutely hilarious. It's definitely a must read for children and I think adults can enjoy it too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2009

    This is the best book ever!

    Wayside School is an awesome series. It will make you fall out of your chair. I thought that Ron, Mac, Kathy, Ms. Mush, Ms. Jewls and Alison were really funny. I liked the small little stories. The short stories were really cool because they were always about something different. The characters made the book more spicy and wacky. I loved this book and hope to read more of them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2007

    The Great Story!

    Wow! You should really read Wayside School Is Falling Down by Louis Sachar! It`s so good it will pop you right off the toilet. Well,it`s about some kids that thought they had a nice teacher named Mrs. Jewels. They were wrong! You should really read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2006

    Best of the Three

    I have read this series of books for several years and I never tire of them. Wayside School is Falling Down is my favorite of the three. The antics of the characters, especially Mac, Miss Mush, Paul, and Kathy are just hilarious. The short chapters make an easy and fast daily read. There are Accelerated Reading tests for them,too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2006

    Wacky Wayside Returns

    I read Wayside School Is Falling Down by Louis Sachar. The story is taking place at Wayside School most likely during the 1990¿s. I¿ve learned of Louis, a yard teacher or the equivalent of a monitor, Mrs. Jewls, a teacher on the 30th floor of the school, Mark Miller, a boy who¿s real name is Benjamin Nushmutt, and Bebe Gunn, a not so great student. Each chapter is about another person or event. Then I learned of Leslie and Paul¿s Tug-of-war on Leslie¿s pigtails, literally. Then Sharie brought in a hobo off the streets for show and tell. They asked him a lot of questions and yet another sock story occurred. Stories of other people have occurred but I included the more important characters. But an important chapter was called ¿A Bad Case of The Sillies¿. That storyline goes for about 3-4 chapters and is extremely descriptive about Allison getting taught by Ms. Zarves, the teacher that doesn¿t exist. My first impression of the book was that it was extremely easy to read. I think the book is quite childish but I enjoyed it because its easy and fun to read. It explains with detail each character very well and fully. He always makes sure you can see a clear picture of the character, for example he described the hobo as tall and with old ripped clothing, and shaggy-like hair. My final thoughts on the book were that it was all right. It just got confusing when he talked about all the characters and such. I wouldn¿t have each chapter on a different character. I would recommend this book to people who are looking for pointless book to read. The plot is always changing. For example, who in our world would bring a hobo for show and tell? Another great example is, that Allison got freaked out and she went to the 19th floor (it doesn¿t exist) and got taught by Ms. Zarves (she doesn¿t exist). Sure it is funny and wacky but overall I think this book should be read strictly for free reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2005

    FUNNY,FUNNY,FUNNY!

    This book was the funniest book I EVER read! It was a hilarious mix of comedy and just plain freaky-ness! I love it sooooo much! I think that any kid from grades 3 to 5 would like it. I recommend this book VERY,VERY,VERY STRONGLY! It's the perfect book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2005

    A hilarious comedy for elementry kids

    How would you feel if you were in a weird class but in an even weirder school? Oops! I forgot to mention the school is 30 stories high with one room on every floor. Well the school is Wayside School and this book is Wayside School is Falling Down. It has 30 stories that are all around Wayside School! One story is about a girl named Jenny who was late for school because she wouldn¿t eat her prune juice. You don¿t know that until the end because the story was backwards. You have to read the story backwards paragraph by paragraph and then it would make sense. I recommend this book for someone who likes a good laugh and if you are in 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2004

    Wayside School Is Falling Down

    I just finished a great book by Louis Sacher about a completely unorganized school run by a crazy principle. He installed elevators in the school since there are 30 classrooms one classroom being on each floor and only one stairway. The principle was really dumb when he designed 1 to only go up and the 2nd to only go down. Mrs. Jewls is the teacher on the thirtieth floor, and she teaches twenty nine students. She is very crazy because she throws a brand new computer out the window. There is a yard teacher who is very nice but later in the book Louis is very clean and doesn't really let the children play what games they want to play. ' Read this book to find out what happens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2004

    Wayside school is falling down by Katie P

    Wayside school is wacky .This is a very funny book. It's about Mrs.Jewls class, thereis Allison who got stuck on the 19th floor .Also Jason , Rondi , Benjamin , and more .If you like funny stories , you'll like this book .Louise Sachar is a awesome author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2004

    Way SideSchool is Falling Down

    The book starts where a deleriver man has a package for Mrs.Jewls.This book takesyou on a fun ride through the lives of the stundents and there teacher Mrs.Jewls.The story takes place in Way Side School it tells about the childern and what they do at school.Like one girl brings a hobo to school for show and tell.He talks about why he doesn't believe in socks.One boy can't decied on what kind ofv tattoo to get.The class tells him to get all different ones but in the end her gets a potato onhis ankel.The book is really fun and as soon as you start reading you can't stop it's so funny.although it bounes around a lot it stilla good book.It has a surprising ending and it's really funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2004

    SIMPLY AND ODDLY BEAUTIFUL

    i read 'theres a boy in the girls bathroom' in grade 4 and stole it from the library it was so good. i read 'sideways stories' and 'wayside school' as well at the time, and 1 week ago (and 10 years later) i found them again and bought them. nowadays i enjoy robert l. stevenson and jack kerouac, but any louis sachar book would make it onto the deserted island with me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2004

    wayside school was awesome

    My fourth grade teacher read my class wayside school books seven years ago and I still remember it as one of the best children's novels. Every kid should read it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2003

    Best book I've read all year.

    I am 12 years old. This is the best book I have read all year. It immediatly caught my attention, and I never turned away from it. This book shows humor, adventure, and teaches lessons in every story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2003

    A book to remember.

    My 3rd grade teacher read Wayside School is Falling Down in class. I loved it then and I love it now. Almost 14 years later it still intrigues me and never fails to catch my interest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2003

    Great, Funny Stories

    This is such a funny book. It is about kids in Mrs.Jewl's class. It's almost like a biography. The grade level is 4.1 . So it's perfect if your 9 through eleven.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2003

    This is an awesome awesome book

    ths book is awesome especailly, when the teacher drops the computer from the 30th floor. I would recommed this book to my friends Dalianny, Denise, Dianna,and Esther.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2002

    Wayside School Is Falling Down

    "Watch Closely,"says Mrs. Jewels. "You can learn much faster using a computer instead of paper, and a pencil." She pushes the computer out the window. The children watch it fall down the thirty floors, and smash into the sidewalk. "See?" said Mrs. Jewels. "Thats gravity! I've been trying to teach gravity to you all, but the computer taught you all a lot quicker." This is the way things happen at Wayside School. Theres 29 kids in Mrs. Jewels class, and this book tells about all of them. There is Todd, who gets in trouble everyday.... until he gets a magic dog; Paul, whose life is saved by Leslies' pigtails; Ron, who dares to try the cafeteria's Mushroom Surprise- and all of the others who help turn a day at Wayside School, into one crazy adventure after another. But, after the things that happen in Sideways stories from Wayside School, what would you expect?

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