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The Fabled Fifth Graders of Aesop Elementary School

The Fabled Fifth Graders of Aesop Elementary School

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by Candace Fleming

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In the sequel to The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School by award-winning author Candace Fleming, Mr. Jupiter's rambunctious students are fifth graders now . . . and they rule the school! Bernadette Braggadoccio stirs things up when her investigative reporting for the school's TV station reveals some scandalous stuff. But . . . don't believe


In the sequel to The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School by award-winning author Candace Fleming, Mr. Jupiter's rambunctious students are fifth graders now . . . and they rule the school! Bernadette Braggadoccio stirs things up when her investigative reporting for the school's TV station reveals some scandalous stuff. But . . . don't believe everything you hear. For their last year at Aesop, the fifth graders are hoping for the coolest class pet—a unicorn or at least a giant squid. Imagine their disappointment when they get guinea pigs. But . . . appearances can be deceiving.

Here's a chapter book with all the fun and mayhem of Louis Sachar's classic Sideways Stories from Wayside School. Whether you knew Mr. Jupiter's class back in fourth grade or are new to Aesop Elementary, you'll be chomping at the bit to join these fabled fifth graders for the zaniest school year ever.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed.
With fourth grade behind them and fifth grade adventures ahead, the same group of students has Mr. Harry Valentine Jupiter for another year. No teacher wants the job due to an unappealing reputation of the class. Distinctions are evident with the likes of Melvin Moody, Rose Clutterdorf, Jackie Jumpbaugh, Hamilton "Ham" Samitch, and Bernadette Braggadoccio. Chapters present an event or situation that culminates in a fitting moral of the story. Kids progress through the school year, participate in familiar activities, struggle through unexpected surprises, and in general try to figure things out. Bernadette, a budding journalist, is eager to capture breaking news and spread the word, but often before gathering all the facts. Lillian "Lil" Ditty frequently recites an appropriate poem both in the midst of chaos and during rigorous learning. She provides insight and reflection about odd circumstances. Mr. Jupiter does not flinch. His steadfast teaching methods capture the hearts of every "wayward" fifth grader. With outlandish personal experiences, a fairly exotic classroom, quick wit, and an extremely calm demeanor, students internalize more than academics in spite of themselves. Familiar morals fit the bill even if contrived or seemingly out of context. Thus, middle readers will find lively humor, a bit of romance, and a boat load of cliches. It is a quick, fun read. Youngsters can relate to diverse personalities as Mr. Jupiter reinforces the idea that fables indeed teach important life lessons. Graduation day becomes an exciting celebration showcasing individual talents since their infamous teacher lavishes praise during an awards ceremony. Rachel Piffle is pleased to be given the "Most Eloquent Use of Monosyllables" award. Calvin Tallywong receives the Dodecahedron Award for Advanced Mathematical Studies. A fanciful tale does capture light-hearted moments alongside more serious dilemmas common to upper elementary students. Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed.
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—The reputation of the fifth graders of Aesop Elementary School precedes them and no one wants to teach this rowdy group. Luckily, Mr. Jupiter, their intrepid, world-traveling, fourth-grade teacher, is willing to step up to the challenge. As the other teachers breathe sighs of relief, Mr. Jupiter revels in exposing this exuberant group to unusual and exciting information. From singing Burmese guinea pigs to ancient texts such as The Babylonian Book of Babble, which actually produces a thunderstorm, Mr. Jupiter has all that it takes to keep their attention. Just when it seems that the over-the-top silliness and slapstick humor are going to overtake the story, the chaos is put into perspective by a moral at the end of each chapter. These morals highlight a lesson learned by the class or, in some cases, a particular student, and provide readers with the realization that something special and noteworthy has taken place. Kids will appreciate the teacher's efforts on his students' behalf and wish they had one like him. Suggest this title for reluctant readers and those who enjoy the humor of Sarah Weeks's Oggie Cooder (Scholastic, 2008) and Dan Gutman's "My Weird School Daze" books (HarperCollins).—Tina Martin, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, IL

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Random House Children's Books
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Aesop Elementary School Series
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5.28(w) x 7.48(h) x 0.44(d)
660L (what's this?)
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7 - 10 Years

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In a Class of Their Own    

On the first day of school, Mr. Harry Valentine Jupiter—Aesop Elementary's only fifth-grade teacher—rose early. After brewing himself a cup of rose hip tea (harvested during his recent trek through the Andes Mountains), he sat down at his Tang dynasty writing table to review his class list.  

Yes, they were all there—every single one of his students from last year.  

These were the kids other teachers called "rambunctious," "high-energy," and even "naughty." No one dared teach them.  

"Not for love or money," their former first-grade teacher, Ms. Bucky, had said. Her time with the children had left her with a tooth-grinding problem.  

"Not for all the tea in China," their former second-grade teacher, Mrs. Chen, had added. The muscles in her chin still twitched from the experience.  

"Ye gods, no!" their former third-grade teacher, Mr. Frost, had yelped. "Another year with them and I won't have any hair left!"  

Only one teacher had been willing to take on these kids—Mr. Jupiter. He had journeyed with them through fourth grade. Now he looked ahead to fifth.  

"It will be as thrilling as bungee jumping off the Empire State Building," he told himself, "as challenging as discovering the lost city of Atlantis; as rewarding as catching (and releasing) the Loch Ness monster."  

Plucking a green feather from his Aztec headdress, he used his obsidian ceremonial blade to cut the feather's tip into a pen point. Dipping the quill into his bottle of ox-gall ink, he opened his parchment grade book and wrote each student's name with a flourish.  

He paused a moment, sipping his tea and thinking. Then beside each name he added a few personal notes.    

Ashlee Anderson—Possesses the optimistic, encouraging heart of a cheerleader; is fond of unicorns.  

Stanford Binet—Always prepared—always! Never ceases to amaze me with the depth and breadth of his knowledge, which can make him a tad bit superior at times.  

Bernadette Braggadoccio—Her bold, brash, and blustering exterior conceals, I believe, a highly inquisitive mind. Just ask her!  

Ashleigh Brown—Ditto on the heart of a cheerleader and unicorn collecting. Why haven't I noticed this similarity before? Hmmm . . .  

Rose Clutterdorf—Always a ray of sunshine in the classroom, despite her best efforts; and she always manages to smear and wrinkle whatever she comes in contact with.  

Lillian "Lil" Ditty—A poetic little soul, she hears the music in words; will burst into verse whenever the muse calls—in the middle of math, during a spelling test . . .  

Emberly Everclass—Disciplined, and until last year's bout with chicken pox, had never missed a day of school; an analytical thinker, he loves reading, especially mysteries.  

Jackie Jumpbaugh—This girl plays a mean game of tetherball, and kickball, and basketball, and floor hockey, and . . . you name it, she excels at it.  

Melvin Moody—What to do about meek, overlooked Melvin? His classmates ignore him, but I believe he has hidden talents; will he expose them this year? I'll keep my fingers crossed.  

Ernest Moomaday—Rembrandt with crochet needles, he has a real gift with yarn; in a week this boy could cover a football field with a perfectly crocheted inverted-V-stitch cozy.  

Humphrey Parrot—Observant; a true mimic, perhaps his way of thinking things through, or . . . is it something else? Have Nurse Betadine check his hearing.  

Rachel Piffle—Shy, painfully shy, but you can see the intelligence in her eyes. Will she find her voice this year?  

Missy Place—Clever, but absentminded; loses everything . . . anything: mittens, textbooks, backpack, lunch box (we've yet to find that lunch box).  

Hamilton "Ham" Samitch—Has the appetite of a Saint Bernard—no doughnut is safe.  

Victoria Sovaine—Can be somewhat self-involved; has yet to discover her true inner beauty, but I have hopes.  

Amisha Spelwadi—Quick-minded and competitive; school legend has it that she spelled the word a-m-b-i-d-e-x-t-r-o-u-s in her sleep during kindergarten naptime.  

Calvin Tallywong—Strangely fond of the taste of cedar—as in wooden pencils; bright but mathematically challenged.  

Bruce Vanderbanter—One half of the comedy team of Vanderbanter and Wittier; tossed out some of the best one-liners I've heard since I toured the Mongolian vaudeville circuit. I must work harder not to laugh at his jokes.  

Leonard "Lenny" Wittier—The other half of the above-mentioned comedy team; a quick, nimble mind—without a lick of discipline.  

Ashley Zamboni—I am told he can burp the alphabet, although I've not yet had the pleasure; a bit sensitive about his name, and with the middle name of Valentine, I understand.      

Meet the Author

CANDACE FLEMING is the highly acclaimed author of numerous books for kids, including the picture books Clever Jack Takes the Cake, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; and Imogene's Last Stand, which was chosen as a Junior Library Guild Selection. She is the author of the nonfiction titles The Lincolns, an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book; The Great and Only Barnum, an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults; and Amelia Lost, which Kirkus Reviews called "[a] stunning look at an equally stunning lady." Her novels include The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School, a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, and most recently, On the Day I Died. Candace Fleming lives in a suburb of Chicago. You can visit her at candacefleming.com.

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Fabled Fifth Graders of Aesop Elementary School 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love candace flemings books and i read her other book the fabled fourth graders and it was almost as god as this one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had read the Fourth Grade story, and I was interested in finding out what happened afterwards. What became of Ms. Turner and Mr. Jupiter? Would Amisha have her chance to s-h-i-n-e when it came to s-p-e-l-l-i-n-g? Would Calvin improve in math? Could some of the staff get any more grumpy? Or cheerful? This book answered all my questions. From young to old, this book is a true treasure that I recommend not just anybody.....but EVERYBODY ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the sample but it cut me off at page 15 because I havent payed for it so are u gonna give me the money to pay for it or u want me to just read another book or pay for it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great i mean amazing book This book really touched my heart because i am in fith grade going into sixth. So i know alot about what 5th grade is about and i never want it to end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved both books.l didn't like one of the last chapters in the first book.I loved this book.
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An awsome book with lots of great morals
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I love this book! Read it!!!!!!!!!
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I think this is a awesome bbok
keith buckley More than 1 year ago
Im on Class pets ( the chapter title) its so good try reading it