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Third Grade Angels

Third Grade Angels

by Jerry Spinelli Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell
The Long-Awaited Prequel to the Bestseller Fourth Grade Rats.
George, aka "Suds," has just entered third grade, and he's heard the rhyme about "first grade babies/second grade cats/third grade angels/fourth grade rats," but what does this mean for his school year? It means that his teacher, Mrs. Simms, will hold a competition every month to see which student deserves to be awarded "the halo" — which student is best-behaved, kindest to others, and, in short, perfect. Suds is determined to be the first to earn the halo, but he's finding the challenge of always being good to be more stressful than he had anticipated. Does he have to be good even outside of school? (Does he have to be nice to his annoying little sister?) And if Mrs. Simms doesn't actually see him doing a good deed, does it even count?
A warm, funny return to elementary school from master storyteller Spinelli.
Ages
7, 8
Interest Level
Grades 2 - 3
Lexile Measure
390L
DRA
38
Guided Reading
P
Publisher
Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages
160

About the Author and Illustrator

Contributor Image Alt Tag Jerry Spinelli Jerry Spinelli won the Newbery Medal for Maniac Magee, the sixth of his more than fifteen acclaimed books for young readers. Growing up, he wanted to be a shortstop in the majors long before it occurred to him to be a writer. Crash came out of his desire to include the beloved PennRelays of his home state of Pennsylvania in a book. And, of course, to show the world a little bit about athletes and what makes some of them tick.
Jennifer A. Bell Jennifer A. Bell has illustrated almost a dozen children's books. Her work has also appeared in magazines and on greeting cards. She lives with her husband and son in Toronto, Ontario.

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