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Fletcher, Ralph

New York : Clarion, 1998.
IL 5-8
ISBN 0395873231

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Remember sitting in class and the teacher hasn't arrived? There's no substitute coming either. What do you do? Do you go wild and take advantage of the situation? Well, that's not what happens in FLYING SOLO. When the substitute teacher doesn't show up, the kids decide to lead the class themselves. Can the students be successful? What happens when kids start FLYING SOLO?

Booktalk #2

Picture this!  A typical day in a sixth grade classroom.  The class clown clowns, the teacher wanna-be takes control, the shy fade into the background.  Except in Mr. Fabiano's class where they conspire to keep the fact that they have no teacher their own little secret. When the substitute doesn't arrive, the class begins a conspiracy that lasts with the usual clash of wills well into the day until a disagreement between two students escalates during a ritual where strong feelings come to the surface concerning a fellow student who has died six months earlier.  This is a powerful portrait, told through each student's narratives about consideration and compassion.  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Committee) 

SUBJECTS:     Schools -- Fiction
                        Teachers -- Fiction
                        Mutism, Elective -- Fiction
                        Death -- Fiction


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