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Salisbury, Graham.
New York : Wendy Lamb Books, 2010
IL 3-6, RL 3.2
ISBN 0385737033
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Calvin Coconut’s fourth grade teacher is a little nuts.  Mr. Purdy has a centipede for a class pet, treats his students like they’re in boot camp, and hisses like a snake to get his kids quiet.  But worst of all, he assigns Calvin’s class an essay on “What I Want So Badly I Can Taste It,” and Calvin has to try to persuade someone to actually give him what he wants!  Calvin tries, but it looks like everyone is against his idea – his mom, his sister, and especially his babysitter.  But when Calvin meets Streak, the real dog of his dreams, he knows he has to have this dog!  How can Calvin convince his teacher, his family, his babysitter, and the town bully to make his dream come true?  (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2011-2012)
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