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The Beast in Ms. Rooney's Room

The Beast in Ms. Rooney's Room

by Patricia Reilly Giff Illustrated by Blanche Sims

It's September again. What does it mean for Richard "Beast" Best to be left back? It means being teased by his old friends while he's stuck facing the same old teacher in the same old classroom. He even has to take a special reading class with "babies" like Emily Arrow and Matthew Jackson. And just like last year, he can't help getting into trouble.

But with the help of Mrs. Paris, the reading teacher, 'Beast' starts to enjoy reading and just might find a way to help the second grade win the school banner for best class.

Having to repeat a grade, losing one's place at the head of the class, keeping up with schoolwork, or dealing with bullies. These are the issues that students encounter, and the kids at the Polk Street School do their best to make their way through these challenges.

7, 8
Interest Level
Grades 2 - 3
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Yearling Books
Book Type
Chapter Book
Number of Pages
Realistic Fiction

About the Author and Illustrator

Contributor Image Alt Tag Patricia Reilly Giff Patricia Reilly Giff began her life in Brooklyn, New York surrounded by books! As a child Giff would prefer to have her nose in a book imagining the life of each character rather than playing with the other children. Some of her favorite childhood reads included Little Women, The Secret Garden, and the Black Stallion books, the Sue Barton books, and the Nancy Drew series. So it's no surprise that she knew early on that she wanted to be a writer.
Blanche Sims

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