When the school board threatens to close Edison-Armstrong School forever, Julio and his friends can't believe it. The school has been around for 80 years! Some of their parents went there, and the kids want their younger siblings to be able to, too. As president of his fifth-grade class, Julio knows it's up to him to think of something that will change the school board's mind. His friends Lucas, Cricket, and Zoe are right with him, and so is Jennifer Harper, president of one of the sixth-grade classes. At first, Julio is glad to have Jennifer's help, but soon it seems like she's running everything. Yes, he agrees with everything she says they should do; she has a lot of the same ideas he does. But Julio wishes somebody would remember that organizing a protest was his idea first. While Julio searches for a way to make his ideas count, life goes on in its usual turmoil. He scares his grandmother by sneaking into his own apartment from the window ledge, accidentally sets off the fire alarm, and comes up with a great idea for his brother's birthday present. And when he attends a school board meeting himself, he finds that grown-ups interrupt each other and yell comments out of turn just like kids! Julio is devastated when Jennifer gets all the credit for saving the school, but his teacher helps him see that the important thing was that he worked so hard toward a goal — and achieved it. Best-selling author Johanna Hurwitz is beloved by readers for her sensitive understanding of the feelings and motivations of elementary-school children. Her popular novels, which include Class Clown, Teacher's Pet, and Class President, all feature the school adventures of Julio, Lucas, Cricket, Zoe, and their friends.