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Horrible Harry and the Drop of Doom
Kline, Suzy.
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Publication Information:
New York : Puffin Books, 2000.

Physical Description:
57 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
On the last day of second grade, Song Lee's party at the local amusement park forces Harry to face his fear of elevators when he is expected to ride the Drop of Doom.
Reading Level:

Ages 7-10.

410 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 1.0 20023.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.2 3 Quiz: 14244 Guided reading level: L.

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It's the last day of second grade, and Song Lee's having a party at the amusement park to celebrate. Harry can't wait to go on all the rides, except for one--THE DROP OF DOOM. Will Harry face his fear, or will he have to put up with Sidney's teasing all through third grade?

Author Notes

Suzy Kline was born August 27, 1943 in Berkeley, California. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in European History.

She was an elementary school teacher for over 25 years before retiring. While teaching, she wrote over thirty books for children. Her most well-known works include titles in the Horrible Harry, Herbie Jones and Song Lee series.

Ms. Kline now writes full-time and travels to schools and libraries and speak about writing.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-4. The ninth installment in this series about the students in Miss Mackle's class (the eighth was Horrible Harry and the Purple People [1997]) finds second grade coming to a close. To celebrate, Song Lee invites Harry and five other classmates to spend the day at Mountainside Amusement Park. Harry looks forward to the outing until Sidney describes the park's newest attraction--a 13-story drop inside the elevator of a haunted hotel. The ride terrifies Harry because he was once stuck inside an elevator, but he fears Sidney's taunting even more. Kline's breezy text features short chapters, believable characters and situations, and just enough drama for the beginning chapter book set. And Miss Mackle's announcement that the class will be "looping" together for third grade suggests that Kline may be planning more Harry stories. --Kay Weisman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3‘It's the last day of school for Horrible Harry and the 2B gang and Song Lee has invited the class to a party at the local amusement park to celebrate. With his usual exuberance and brashness, Harry brags that he goes on all the scary rides. His nemesis, Sidney, hears this and challenges him to a ride in the Drop of Doom. As he tells it, " this hotel is an elevator. You get in the elevator and go up to the thirteenth floor. Suddenly, SNAP! The cable breaks, and the elevator drops thirteen floors before it stops." Harry looks sick and later admits to his friends that the one thing he's afraid of is elevators. Suspense builds until the final chapter in which the second grader overcomes his phobia, exclaiming, "It's Wonderland!" Readers will join in the laughter when they learn that Sidney had his eyes closed during the descent. Another perfect chapter book for transitional readers.‘Suzanne Hawley, Laurel Oak Elementary School, Naples, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.