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|Charlie Bumpers vs. the end of the year|
Author: Harley, Bill
Charlie springs into action when he learns that one of his best friends, Hector, who will move back to Chile at the end of fourth grade, is being bullied.
Kirkus Reviews (03/01/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 06/01/2019 Believe it or not, Charlie Bumpers has had the best fourth grade year! In fact, he doesn’t want it to end because that will bring unwanted changes: his good friend, Hector, will move back to Chile; and Charlie has heard frightful things about fifth grade. As in his previous six fourth-grade adventures, Charlie acts without much planning and happily falls to scheming. Here, he tries to get teachers to select Hector as School Ambassador for next year, but things go awry when Charlie sees Hector being bullied. Because Hector doesn’t want to get in trouble at home, Charlie doesn’t report the incident and is later drawn into the fray. Finally, Charlie absorbs his younger sister’s classroom-bullying lesson and accepts that things can’t always remain the same. One could say that by now Charlie should have learned his lesson, but then he wouldn’t be Charlie. Fans will eagerly anticipate what’s in store for him in fifth grade. Harley’s delightful friendship story, with Gustavson’s spot-on illustrations, is humorous, yet poignant, and portrays the heartfelt good nature of true friends. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.