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Klise, Kate.
New York : Avon, 1998.
IL 5-8  RL 4.8
ISBN 0380975386
"Class, pay attention! You two in the back, listen up as fifth grader are able. You never know what youíll miss if you donut listen. As you know, Dry Creek Middle School needs a new water fountain. The designer, Ms. Florence Waters, wants input from this class on how the new fountain should look as we are the class most often viewing it, our room being directly by the fountain. So please take out your writing notebooks and write a paragraph or two describing your ideas." And so the comedy of errors begins as letters, memos, and postcards keep flowing back and forth and no one ends up communicating. Mr. N.ís fifth grade class "dives" a little deeper as the waters gets murkier and discovers secrets buried beneath the fountain. The reader should also pay attention to subtle and not so subtle clues along the way to the terrific ending. (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Committee)
SUBJECTS:     Schools -- Fiction.
                        Letters -- Fiction.


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