If you’re a fan of Lisa Yee’s Bobby books, then I think you should meet Suds; I think he and Bobby would be friends!
In Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli, Suds is starting the new school year with a mission: All the third graders at his school are competing to be as “angelic” as possible, and they’ll each earn a halo from the teacher as they prove themselves. And who will be the first person to win a halo? Well, Suds is determined that it will be him!
But it’s hard work being so good. Being kind to his annoying little sister, controlling his outbursts at school, showing his teacher how much he cares… It’s enough to make anyone a little bit crazy. Not to mention the other kids who are also clearly out for the first halo — no matter the cost!
Will Suds get the first halo? I certainly rooted for him. And I think you will too, because Suds isn’t perfect and he’s not a natural hero, but he tries his best — in other words, he’s just like you and me!
Have you read Third Grade Angels, or the other book about Suds and his classmates, Fourth Grade Rats? Leave a comment with your thoughts or submit a review!
Karen’s memory is a little foggy, but she’s pretty sure her class in elementary school was not often the winner of competitions between all the grades. Sadly, not too many pizza parties were earned…
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