The Class

By: Frances O'Roark Dowell

Sixth grade is a MOST confusing time. Best friends aren’t friends anymore. Worst enemies suddenly want to be partners in crime. And classmates you thought you knew have all sorts of surprising stuff going on. The kids in Mrs. Herrera’s class are dealing with all these things and more—specifically, three more:

1. There’s a new girl who just seems to be spying on them all and scribbling things in a notebook. Maybe she IS a spy?
2. Someone is stealing all of Mrs. Herrera’s most treasured items.
3. Their old classmate, Sam, keeps showing up and no one knows why…until they do.

Which leads to a fourth problem. But we can’t tell you about that yet. The twenty kids in Mrs. Herrera’s classroom can, though, and they do. Every. Single. One. Of. Them.

ISBN: 9781481481793

JLG Release: Jan 2020


Sensitive Areas: Language: Infrequent Use
Topics: Middle schools , Interpersonal relations , Sixth grade , Friendship , Classmates , Teachers , Emotions and feelings

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Sixth grader Ellie starts off the school year as the new kid and decides to learn about her classmates by writing a novel called The Class. The book will feature everyone in her homeroom, which is run by the beloved Mrs. Herrera. Each character gets their own chapter, with illustrations at the beginning. Conflicts include friendship woes, the theft Sixth grader Ellie starts off the school year as the new kid and decides to learn about her classmates by writing a novel called The Class. The book will feature everyone in her homeroom, which is run by the beloved Mrs. Herrera. Each character gets their own chapter, with illustrations at the beginning. Conflicts include friendship woes, the theft of Mrs. Herrera’s favorite things that usually rest on her bookshelf, and the mysterious reappearance of Sam, who had moved away. Stereotypes abound—jocks, mean girls, nerds, etc. One of the more insightful characters explains how hard it is to be labeled as just an athlete when he is so much more. This is a feel-good book about being good, with a dollop of activism. A girl writes a thought-provoking letter about the difference between being nice and being good. Justice is meted out in general, but not necessarily to those who need it most. This is a novel about writing a novel, so students who love books about writers will find it appealing. Dashes of humor and suspense surrounding several mysterious events make this title a pleasure to read. Moments when the students band together to do the right thing are especially touching. For fans of Ali Benjamin’s The Next Great Paulie Fink; this book covers similar ground but is more pat.

Book Details

ISBN

9781481481793

First Release

January 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

320

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.3; Points: 8;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 840L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Infrequent Use

Topics

Middle schools, Interpersonal relations, Sixth grade, Friendship, Classmates, Teachers, Emotions and feelings,

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Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

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