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|Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year|
Author: Harley, Bill
Charlie Bumpers is sure he does not stand a chance of getting along with his fourth grade teacher and despite his best efforts to be neat and well-behaved, he always seems to be in trouble until he discovers her secret.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.50
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 160430
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 2.80
Points: 6.0 Quiz: 64459
Kirkus Reviews (09/01/13)
School Library Journal (09/01/13)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/10/13)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 09/01/2013 Gr 2–4—When Charlie finds out that his fourth-grade teacher will be Mrs. Burke, Teacher of the Year, he knows that he's in trouble. The previous year, he accidentally hit her in the head with a shoe. He is also a disorganized mess and she is notoriously orderly. Throughout a rough couple of first weeks of school, Charlie struggles to be more organized and to get along with Mrs. Burke. He befriends Hector, a new student from Chile, and is annoyed by know-it-all Samantha Grunsky. While Charlie seems incapable of avoiding mishaps, he also has some very good qualities, like helpfulness, which will have readers cheering him on. The final conversation with Mrs. Burke includes an explanation of her "dry sense of humor," which is a little awkward, but otherwise this is a fast-paced, enjoyable first entry in a new chapter-book series. It's a good choice for those who have finished Andrew Clements's "Jake Drake" books (S & S).—Laura Stanfield, Campbell County Public Library, Ft. Thomas, KY - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.