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Class Action



by
Steven B. Frank

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Imprint
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN
9781328799203
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Language: Mild Language
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Arguing that homework is unconstitutional, Sam warren and his ragtag team take their case to federal court.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Mild Language

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

272

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.9: points 7

Lexile

720L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

11

JLG Release

Jul 2018

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Magazine, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

Sam Warren is a sixth grader completely bogged down with homework. Spending more than four hours every night on assignments, he’s spending less time with his family and friends and has a high level of anxiety. When the prep packet for the next standardized test adds even more hours to his evenings, Sam snaps. Enough is enough. A protest at school lands him a swift suspension, but Sam isn’t ready to back down. With the help of a retired lawyer, Sam takes his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The premise of Frank’s page-turning, funny novel will immediately resonate with the middle grade audience—and likely find quite a bit of sympathy with parents as well. The book also has the potential to be an excellent teaching tool for Social Studies teachers; Sam has to argue his position at each level of the U.S. justice system as the case makes its way through the various courts. With information about historically important Supreme Court cases sprinkled throughout, the novel, offers strong curricular connections. VERDICT Humor abounds in this appealing and empowering tale. An easy pick for readers interested in the U.S. justice system.—Patrick Tierney, Dr. Martin Luther King Elementary School, Providence, RI

Horn Book

“Twenty-five math problems, an endangered species report, and a language arts packet—action verbs versus linking, can you feel the joy?” To Sam Warren, doing homework is a Sisyphean task: “We come to school, we work all day, we go home, we work all night. Then we wake up and do it all over again.” He has no time for things he wants to do—have fun, play with friends, build a tree house with his father. What would any angry sixth grader do in such a situation? Take a case to the Supreme Court! With the help of his elderly retired-lawyer neighbor, Sam and his classmates put together a case that becomes Warren v. Board of Education. It is granted class-action status, and they’re off (in a very quick route) to the Supreme Court, where Sam’s older sister Sadie ends up arguing the case. Though hardly credible, it’s entertaining, and readers will learn much about constitutional law and specific cases having to do with the legal rights of students. There’s even a hint at a possible next volume in which the constitutionality of standardized testing will be challenged. Back matter includes a glossary of legal terms and a lengthy appendix listing the Supreme Court cases mentioned in the book. dean schneider

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Sam Warren is a sixth grader completely bogged down with homework. Spending more than four hours every night on assignments, he’s spending less time with his family and friends and has a high level of anxiety. When the prep packet for the next standardized test adds even more hours to his evenings, Sam snaps. Enough is enough. A protest at school lands him a swift suspension, but Sam isn’t ready to back down. With the help of a retired lawyer, Sam takes his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The premise of Frank’s page-turning, funny novel will immediately resonate with the middle grade audience—and likely find quite a bit of sympathy with parents as well. The book also has the potential to be an excellent teaching tool for Social Studies teachers; Sam has to argue his position at each level of the U.S. justice system as the case makes its way through the various courts. With information about historically important Supreme Court cases sprinkled throughout, the novel, offers strong curricular connections. VERDICT Humor abounds in this appealing and empowering tale. An easy pick for readers interested in the U.S. justice system.—Patrick Tierney, Dr. Martin Luther King Elementary School, Providence, RI

Horn Book

“Twenty-five math problems, an endangered species report, and a language arts packet—action verbs versus linking, can you feel the joy?” To Sam Warren, doing homework is a Sisyphean task: “We come to school, we work all day, we go home, we work all night. Then we wake up and do it all over again.” He has no time for things he wants to do—have fun, play with friends, build a tree house with his father. What would any angry sixth grader do in such a situation? Take a case to the Supreme Court! With the help of his elderly retired-lawyer neighbor, Sam and his classmates put together a case that becomes Warren v. Board of Education. It is granted class-action status, and they’re off (in a very quick route) to the Supreme Court, where Sam’s older sister Sadie ends up arguing the case. Though hardly credible, it’s entertaining, and readers will learn much about constitutional law and specific cases having to do with the legal rights of students. There’s even a hint at a possible next volume in which the constitutionality of standardized testing will be challenged. Back matter includes a glossary of legal terms and a lengthy appendix listing the Supreme Court cases mentioned in the book. dean schneider

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