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Leprechauns Don't Play Basketball (The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, #4) Paperback – February 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, #4 (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (February 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590448226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590448222
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Debbie Dadey is the bestselling co-author of THE ADVENTURES OF THE BAILEY SCHOOL KIDS series, along with writing partner Marcia Thornton Jones. Debbie has also written many books of her own, including the SWAMP MONSTER IN THIRD GRADE series and THE WORST NAME IN THIRD GRADE. She lives and writes in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her family.

Marcia Thornton Jones is co-author of the bestselling THE ADVENTURES OF THE BAILEY SCHOOL KIDS series, along with single titles like CHAMP. She has been writing for Scholastic for almost twenty years! Marcia lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and their two cats.

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Marcia Thornton Jones is the author of more than 125 books including RATFINK, CHAMP, GODZILLA ATE MY HOMEWORK LEPRECHAUN ON THE LOOSE, and THE TALE OF JACK FROST. She is the co-author of the writing guide, STORY SPARKERS, and seven best-selling children's series including "Keyholders", "The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids", "Bailey City Monsters", "The Bailey School Kids Junior Chapter Books", "Ghostville Elementary", "Trplet Trouble", and "The Barkley School for Dogs." Her books have been honored and recognized by The Children's Top 100 Books, Children's Choice Award List, Publisher's Weekly Bestsellers list, The Elementary Library Book Award (ELBA), the Humane Society KIND Honor Book list. She is a proud recipient of the Milner Award and is listed as a top 100 author by the Educational Paperback Association.

Besides writing, Marcia enjoys presenting at schools and conferences. As a veteran teacher with 25 years of experience, she easily relates the importance of writing and reading to students of all ages.

Marcia was born in Joliet, IL but has spent most of her life in Lexington, KY. She currently lives in Lexington with her husband, Stephen, and their two cats. To find out more about Marcia, visit her web site at www.marciatjones.com.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
Something very weird is going on at Bailey Elementary School. It's plenty weird enough when you think your teacher is a vampire from the Transylvanian mountains, but what are you supposed to do when your substitute gym teacher seems to be a leprechaun??
Eddie, Melody and the gang are back in this, the 4th installment of the Bailey School Kids series, and as per usual, they're up to their old tricks... Especially Eddie.
Mr. O'Grady is from Ireland, and is perhaps the shortest, most wrinkled man in the world. But boy, can he dance a jig and play basketball!! Why, it's almost magical the way he moves so fast and gets that ball through that hoop so easily! And what's with that bag of jewels he's always carrying with him?? Strange things seem to happen when he touches them...
The Bailey School Kids series has by now established itself as fun, fast-paced series where unusual things happen to the third grade gang. The most fun for young readers will be that nothing is explicitly spelled out for the reader: Mr. O'Grady COULD be a real live leprechaun (and their teacher COULD be a real vampire), or he could not be. A good deal of the evidence points to "yes!" but not enough to be100% sure (although, by the 4th book, if you've read them in order, you're starting to get a sinking feeling that there ARE mythical/supernatural creatures visiting the school).
This book is less creepy or scary than the first two have been, and is much more light-hearted and fun. Therefore, it's a good choice for beginning readers who are easily spooked. It's a fast-paced read as well, which will snag the interest of even reluctant readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
The book is about some kids who get a new gym teacher. He is very short. The kids think he is a leprechaun. The kids learn some things about leprechauns and try to figure out if their teacher is one.

My opinion is that this book is not as great as other books in the Bailey School series. Not much happened in the story. The ending is so frustrating that I did not care if the guy was a leprechaun or not!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a really good Bailey School Kids story. The fact that the leprechaun can do more basketball tricks than all the other kids is hilarious. Overall it was good. But please be aware that when you read this story it triggers your mind into thinking leprechauns are real but they really aren't. If that happens to you my suggestion is to read one chapter of the story each day then you won't think that leprechauns are real.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 3, 2002
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This book is about a strage new Irish gym teacher for the Baily School kids. The problem is that he is a leprechaun who wants to steal something from Miss Jeeper. Can he get it? Other kids my age would like this book because it is fun and exciting. My favorite part was when the kids found out that the gym teacher was a leprechaun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 16, 2007
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Yea the guy's short, but do you think it is more important to focus on that or that he is trying to steal the gem around Mrs. Jeepers neck. It's your opinion, but just think about it.

I gave it 5 stars because it was fun to read and, hey what if there are leperchauns teaching B-Ball! :)
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