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Grandits, John.
New York : Clarion Books, 2011
IL  K-3, RL 3.2
ISBN 0618788220

(2 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

Kyle and his big brother James just moved. At their old home, James rode the bus to school while Kyle walked to his school with their mom, but now James can walk while Kyle must brave the bus alone for the first time in his life. To help out, James writes Kyle his list of Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus.

1.     Never sit in the first row

2.     Never sit in the last row

3.     Never, ever make yourself stand out in any way

4.     Never make eye contact

5.     Never touch anyone’s stuff

6.     Never talk to big kids

7.     Never talk to girls

8.     Never mess with the bully

9.     Never be the last one on the bus

10.    Never, absolutely never, mess with the bus driver

Kyle tries to follow them, but once he walks past the first row, the only seat left is in the last, with the bully. Besides, the girl who speaks up for him seems so nice. By the time he’s ridden the bus home, Kyle has broken every one of the rules, but he’s also learned that his brother’s rules might not be so useful after all. (Booktalk by Catherine Bascle for 2014 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice nominee)

Booktalk #2

Can you remember the first time you had to ride the school bus? Was it something you were looking forward to, or dreading? Kyle is ready to start kindergarten, but riding the school bus makes him very nervous. His older brother tries to help by making a list of ten rules for Kyle to follow. Breaking the rules could get him laughed at, yelled at, or even pushed around or pounded! After looking over the list, though, Kyle gets even more scared than before. On his first day, he breaks several rules – he sits in the back row, makes eye contact with another student, and worst of all he talks to a girl. You’re sure to find something to connect with in this humorous story about facing your fears and coming up with your own ways to survive.  (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

SUBJECTS:     School buses -- Fiction.
                        Rules (Philosophy) -- Fiction.
                        First day of school -- Fiction.
                        Brothers -- Fiction.
                        Humorous stories.
                        Humorous fiction.
                        Picture books for children.

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