How to Be Cool in the Third Grade

Author: Betsy Duffey

Illustrator: Janet Wilson

Interest Level:
3-5

Lexile Framework:
470L

Grade Level Equivalent:
3.5

Guided Reading Level:
N

Age:
8-10

Genre:
Realistic Fiction

Subject:
Resourcefulness, Growing Up, Bullying Experiences, Elementary School

About This Book

Robbie is old enough to know that surviving school depends on one very important thing: knowing what's cool. But what is cool in the third grade? he asks himself.

He's got some ideas: Cool is a grown-up name like "Rob" instead of "Robbie." Cool is walking to the bus stop by yourself, and not having your mother there with a camera and a kiss goodbye. Cool is jeans and a t-shirt — and definitely not Super Heroes underwear. Robbie knows he has work to do in the cool department, but he's forgotten about one thing: Bo Haney, the school bully.

Bo is big, and he's been in the third grade for a long, long time. More importantly, when he gives a nickname, it sticks. And all it takes is one lurch of the school bus to land Robbie right in Bo's lap, and land him the nickname "Baby Wobbie." Now Robbie is convinced he's in for the worst year ever. But third grade can be full of surprises, as he finds out, not the least of which is his own resourcefulness. Young readers will cheer Robbie's ultimate success in this gentle, realistic chapter book.


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