But even sixth grade starts to feel like life stinks. Grace discovers she's not in the same home room with her best friend. New girl Kiki moves onto the scene and starts acting like the boss of the whole sixth grade. And the handsome new teacher seems way too interested in Grace's mother.
Grace agrees to be a candidate for class president only to stop Kiki from winning. She regrets accepting Kiki's bet that if Kiki wins the election, she gets to tell Grace what to do for the whole school year. It takes some inspiration from her school project about René Descartes and his "I think, therefore I am" beliefs to help Grace keep her sixth-grade experience from totally going down the toilet.
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About the Author
Ann grew up in Connecticut, where she graduated from The Morgan School and Quinnipiac University. She now lives in Oregon with her husband, who was her high-school sweetheart. Their wonderful daughter is grown, married and gainfully employed, and has given Ann her only grand-dog, Puff, a bloodhound-Rottweiler-beagle mix and six grand-kitties. While she misses the East Coast, especially houses built before 1900, she enjoys the green valleys, fresh air and low humidity in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Ann loves cats, walking, the Oregon Ducks and working in her back yard. In addition to stories and books for children and young adults, Ann also writes copy for humorous and conventional greeting cards.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Impressions I took the day off today to be a sixth grader again. It was much more fun the second time around. This first person narrative about life in the sixth grade is wonderful and enlightening. I don’t remember my 12th year being so fun filled with drama and intrigue. Spending time in the head of a bright intelligent and enthusiastic sixth grader….the immediate descriptive is wow. There’s never a dull moment when the most important year of her life starts with a new teacher (who has eyes for mom), and a campaign for class presidency garners challenges of new friends and urgency of purpose. And to top it all off after a year’s absence Greta’s wayward father returns home. How much can a girl take? A lot when you have smart friends and a quick imagination. Growing into adulthood is one big learning curve. But Greta the Great learned how to tackle problematic moments that required honesty, awareness, and love. The author created a charming telling wrapped around the ordinaries of being in the 6th grade. I so love it when an author surprises. Story/Plot/Conflict Assuming responsibility for what Greta thought was most important became a turning point in her life. The freedom of being an individual and fighting for what she deemed right led this sixth grader on a learning curve that reached beyond the classroom. All things difficult about coming of age begin to revolve around a school project. Greta comes to understand that even when life throws you unexpected curves, a loving creative mother, clever friends, lessons in honesty and integrity blended with an innate ability to think outside the box wins the day. But achieving good outcomes means defeating the specter of the unexpected. A mishap preventing a school project’s reveal ignites a happy whirlwind of discovered friendships and a renewal of commitments. Main Characterizations Greta Zipp is the hero of this story and my new teacher of life’s most valuable lessons. Turns out, she is the best boss of the sixth grade. Critiques The flow was nice and even which made the reading a delight. Genre: This is a heartwarming read for all audiences.
Boss of the Whole Sixth Grade by Ann Herrick is a delightful middle-grade book. Advocating for yourself, bouncing back from disappointment, and spreading wings socially are some of the excellent life messages presented in this book. “Life doesn’t always turn out exactly the way we think it should.” – Mom Greta and her best friend Mari are looking forward to sixth grade where they won’t be bossed around by older kids. However, for the first time, they are not in the same class. Both are sad to be separated, but they handle the situation completely differently. Greta, who is already dealing with her parents’ separation, must now navigate a new social circle without the assistance of Mari. “I didn’t know where I belonged.” -- Greta She had high expectations for this year, but seems to find nothing but disappointment and hurdles. A nomination for class president forces Greta to take some risks socially and opens up a new point of view for her. Boss of the Whole Sixth Grade is narrated by Greta. Her voice is true to the character’s age. She isn’t precocious in any regard. Her view of her parents as individuals and a couple is spot on for a sixth grader. Her anxiousness over her hunky new teacher who seems to know her mom is classic. Ms. Herrick clearly has her finger on the pulse of this age group. Boss of the Sixth Grade is an eye-opening book that is appropriate for grade school through ‘tween readers (while not inappropriate for older readers, it will probably not hold the same appeal).
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Boss of the Whole Sixth Grade by Ann Herrick revolves around a sixth grader, Greta, who is studying at Beach Park Elementary School, Connecticut. Her parents are separated, her mother is still upset over the separation, and her father is away in Antarctica on a work assignment. Her grandfather’s memory is not good anymore and things get worse when she finds out that her best friend is in a different classroom. So far, Greta finds her sixth grade the worst year of her life. She finds the new girl, Kiki, annoying and Greta decides to enter the contest for Class President just to stop Kiki from winning. Will Greta be able to do a good campaign for herself and become the Class President? Will she and Kiki become friends? The story is simple and the author captures very well the life of a sixth grader, her worries, and life with a single parent and an elderly person at home, and her confused life both at home and school. She also captures the school ambiance and classroom activities very well. Greta’s character has been portrayed well and is real, relatable, and tangible to readers. Her opportunity to make her life more exciting comes in the form of running for Class President and the lessons she learns in fairness and kindness during that phase are good messages to readers. The story has many layers to it, and the vivid descriptions bring the scenes and the characters alive, and keep readers entertained till the very end.