Friday, February 12, 2016

Class Dismissed by Allan Woodrow –ADVISABLE

Woodrow, Allan Class Dismissed 272 pgs. Scholastic 2015. $17.00  Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
When their teacher quits and they are the only ones that know, fifth grade class 507 knows just what to do. They hide it and have fun! Well sort of, until they discover that hiding their secret comes with more homework, just a much detention, and stress. When they find out their class is responsible for creating and performing an original play, will they finally be discovered? A rotation of students in the class are the narrators for various chapters, we meet the shy kid, the goof off, the model student, and the rich fashion girl to find out how each is coping with the situation.
I have to admit I find this concept sort of fascinating, mostly because when I was in fifth grade, another 5th grade class (not mine, really!) locked their teacher in a former darkroom, and spent one full day goofing off before they came clean. (Did I mention the other 5th grade teacher was a real princess? It was an interesting year). I think students will love this read! I like the different perspectives from the various student narrators and didn’t find it too overwhelming, it would even be fun for a teacher to read-aloud and do some character mapping and discussion. But what really sealed the deal was the total hilarity of some of the lines, I was cracking up big time!
EL –ESSENTIAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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