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Fleming, Candace.
New York : Schwartz & Wade, 2007
IL 3-6, RL 4.7
ISBN 0375836721

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

No one wants to teach these kids.  And now it is the day before school opening and they still can't find a teacher to take them on.  Teachers have been known to retire rather than deal with this group.  But along comes Mr. Jupiter.  Sure he's a bit odd.  Sure his credentials may not quite add up.  Sure it is odd that he applied for the job at the last minute.  But the important thing is that he is willing to work with this 4th grade class.  What a year it will be.

Booktalk #2

What a perfect way to brush up on your Aesopís fables in a modern setting.
No teacher wants to teach this year's fourth-grade class at Aesop Elementary. Just as Mrs. Struggles, the principal is about to give up, Mr. Jupiter appears with a flawlessly huge resume. The class tests him, but he wins them over as the year progresses through these 23 stories. This is more than just another school story. The chapters lend themselves perfectly to readerís theatre. (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards Program, 2009-2010)

SUBJECTS:     Schools -- Fiction.
                        Teachers -- Fiction.
                        Behavior -- Fiction.

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