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Second stringer
Dygard, Thomas J.
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Publication Information:
New York : Morrow Junior Books, [1998]

Physical Description:
174 pages ; 22 cm
When Kevin replaces the quarterback and football hero who suffers a knee injury, the second stringer needs to prove that he can do the job and is not just a substitute.
Reading Level:
590 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.1 2.0 50388.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 2.9 5 Quiz: 25098 Guided reading level: O.
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Lucas Cott's young twin brothers, who stole the show in School Spirit, now take center stage in a show all their own. Rivalry abounds when Marcus & Marius are put into separate classes: Who has the best teacher? Who has the best class? & who is the biggest troublemaker in the Edison-Armstrong kindergarten? Fans of Johanna Hurwitz's Class Clown series will cheer the twins' antics & applaud cameo appearances of friends from previous books.

Author Notes

Children's author, Johanna Hurwitz was born and raised in New York City. She attended Queens College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and then Columbia University for her master's in Library Science.

She worked as a librarian and taught graduate courses in children's literature and storytelling. Her first title, Busybody Nora was published in 1976 and she has been writing a book or two a year ever since. Her other titles include Dear Emma, Summer with Elisa, A Llama in the Family, Busybody Nora and the Adventures of Ali Baba Bernstein. She has written over 60 titles.

Her works have won her several state awards, including the Texas Bluebonnet Award, the Kentucky Bluegrass Award, the Garden State Children's Choice Award, and the Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-4, younger for reading aloud. Hurwitz's latest novel is a charmer, even though it focuses on children a good deal younger than the book's target reading audience. Twins Marcus and Marius, who have just started school, are a handful. When they argue, brag, joke, and compete, it's always in high-volume stereo. Their favorite debate at the moment is about their kindergarten teachers. Marius thinks his teacher, Mrs. Greenstein, is the best; Marcus thinks Mrs. Boscobel is. Little do the twins know that their teachers are also speculating about them, although not with praise in mind. In fact, to find out who has the more difficult twin, the ladies decide on a bit of temporary class-switching. Of course, they never guess that on the day they choose to exchange, the twins have chosen to do the very same thing. Hurwitz incorporates lots of true-to-age details and jokes to give an authentic picture of how little ones tend to see the world, interact with others, and view themselves. A scattering of black-and-white pictures add a nice, comic touch. Children who don't mind reading about characters younger than themselves may have a few flashbacks when they read the story, which will also make a good read-aloud for patient school-age youngsters not yet ready to read on their own. --Stephanie Zvirin

Publisher's Weekly Review

Hurwitz (Class Clown; School Spirit) didn't stray far afield to find the heroes of this effervescent caper. Familiar to her many fans, Lucas Cott‘now a sixth grader‘appears in these pages, but the leading roles go to his five-year-old twin brothers, Marius and Marcus. On the first day of kindergarten, the precocious boys disrupt their respective classes: Marius leads a mouse hunt in his classroom for the critter Lucas has told him resides there, and Marcus hurls a deck of cards in the air to initiate a game of 52 Pick Up in his. Adding an unusual slant, Hurwitz periodically eavesdrops on the teachers' room, making readers privy to the exasperation of the duo's teachers. While Marius and Marcus play an ongoing game of one-upmanship to convince the other that his teacher is better, the two educators attempt to prove to the other that her student is worse. Just when this dual bickering begins to grate, Hurwitz comes up with a clever concluding twist: the teachers switch classes to experience the other's tribulations on the very day that the identical twins do the same. Hurwitz's focus on younger characters may extend her readership into lower grades, but there's a curious discrepancy here between the age of the protagonists and that of the targeted audience, who likely would rather read about peers or slightly older kids. Still, the author's fresh scenarios and sassy dialogue are as diverting as ever. Ages 7-up. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Lucas Cott's twin brothers, Marcus and Marius, enter kindergarten in this beginning chapter book. Throughout the fall, their teachers compare notes, each believing that they have the worst-behaved twin in their class. While one child searches daily for nonexistent mice, the other shows his classmates how to play "52 pickup" with a deck of cards. These boys whom readers first met in School Spirit (1994) and School's Out (1991, both Morrow) really love kindergarten and don't intend to cause trouble, but their curiosity and exuberance inevitably give their teachers daily headaches. To settle their dispute over which boy is more difficult, the teachers switch classes for a morning, but, alas, that is also the morning the siblings decide to switch to see whose class is better. Although each teacher unknowingly has the same twin, each readily concedes that her colleague has the harder job. A few black-and-white line drawings illustrate the text. Though short on plot, this contemporary school story may evoke a few chuckles as all decide that the grass is not greener on the other side.-Janet M. Bair, Trumbull Library, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1 The First Dayp. 1
2 Inside the Teachers' Roomp. 16
3 Mrs. Greenstein's Classp. 23
4 "Is It Time for School?"p. 37
5 Ms. Boscobel's Classp. 46
6 Back inside the Teachers' Roomp. 59
7 Trading Placesp. 69