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Title:
Fourth grade rats
Author:
Spinelli, Jerry.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, [1999?]

©1991
Physical Description:
84 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Summary:
Suds learns that his best friend is wrong. You don't have to be a tough guy, a "rat, " to be a grown up fourth grader.
General Note:
"An Apple Paperback."
Language:
English
Reading Level:
340 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 2.6 2.0 6361.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.3 3 Quiz: 04148 Guided reading level: Q.
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ISBN:
9780590442442

9780738312316

9780785701866

9781442017252
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Book

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A fast, fun, friendship read from the Newbery-award winning author of Maniac Magee.

Fourth graders are tough. They aren't afraid of spiders. They say no to their moms. They push first graders off the swings. And they never, ever cry.
Suds knows that now that he's in fourth grade, he's supposed to be a rat. But whenever he tries to act like one, something goes wrong. Can Suds's friend Joey teach him to toughen up...or will Suds remain a fourth grade wimp?


Author Notes

Jerry Spinelli was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on February 1, 1941. He received a bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College and a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University. He worked as an editor with Chilton from 1966 to 1989. He launched his career in children's literature with Space Station 7th Grade in 1982. He has written over 30 books including The Bathwater Gang, Picklemania, Stargirl, Milkweed, and Mama Seeton's Whistle. In 1991, he won the Newbery Award for Maniac Magee. In 1998, Wringer was named a Newbery Honor book.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5. "First grade babies! Second grade cats! Third grade angels! Fourth grade rrrrats!" So goes the school-yard jingle at Suds Morton's school. Suds liked being an angel last year--rat status scares him. Making the transition harder is Suds' best friend, Joey, who's taking the rat thing so seriously he's given up peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for MEAT. Suds tries to show some ratlike fangs--he pushes a couple of first-graders off the swings (a scene that makes a great dust jacket), he throws his teddy bear out the window, and when his mother asks him to clean up, he informs her he "ain't got time." This preadolescent rebellion is soon squelched by Suds' mother. In a saccharine last scene, Suds confesses all his sins, and Mrs. Morton hugs him and tells Suds she still loves him. Like the bubbles from which Suds derives his name, the book is light enough to float, but the concept works, the dialogue is snappy, and the kids are appealing (though they often seem older than nine). Besides, the title alone will sell this one. ~--Ilene Cooper


Publisher's Weekly Review

The transition from third to fourth grade befuddles Suds Morton; according to PW, ``Rapid-fire dialogue and a hilarious string of episodes unfold a story with a valuable message about peer pressure and the importance of being oneself.'' Ages 8-12. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-- The book's title comes from a playground rhyme, ``Third grade angels!/Fourth grade . . . RRRRRATS!'' Joey Peterson, the best friend of Suds (the story's narrator), takes the rhyme a bit too seriously and instructs Suds, Svengali-like, in the ways of rebellion and macho bravado. Complicating things is the long-standing crush Suds has on Judy, a girl more interested in seeing bugs crawl all over him than in having him open doors for her. The short-lived rebellion is finally squelched by Joey's mother, and Suds is relieved to return to his old habits. This is a fast-paced story about kids growing up too quickly. Some of the characters are exaggerated but believable, and the scenes in which Joey tries to toughen up Suds are especially funny. This should prove a popular addition to most collections. --Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Pub . Lib . , IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.