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The Secret Lunch Special (Second Grade Friends) Hardcover – August 8, 2006

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: Second Grade Friends
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (August 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080507838X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805078381
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,661,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3–Emily puts a great deal of thought into where shes going to sit on the bus. So discombobulated is she by the sudden appearance of a new, smaller vehicle one morning that she forgets to grab her lunch bag when shes getting off. When she gets to school and realizes her mistake, classmate Vincetta Louise sends her into an unnecessary panic over what will happen. Emilys irritation with the spunky girl begins to fade, though, when she helps Emily out of a sticky spot and shares her talent for drawing. The text provides a solid bridge from beginning readers to chapter books. Like the black-and-white illustrations, this gentle read is warm and smooth around the edges. This title wont be a hot ticket, but it will find its audience in larger collections.–Adrienne Furness, Webster Public Library, NY
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From Booklist

Already unhappy about her new, smaller school bus and dismayed that she has left her sparkly new lunch bag on the bus seat, quiet Emily becomes upset when loud-mouthed classmate Vincetta Louise informs her "You're going to get a ticket from Mr. Marvin." She thinks its some sort of punishment, when, in fact, it's a slip to charge her lunch. Worry, relief, disappointment, and gratitude are just a few of Emily's emotions as she copes with second grade, but an unexpected development makes it all seem worthwhile. The many black-and-white illustrations convey the characters' feelings clearly through facial expressions and body language, while the story reflects primary-grade concerns in a simple way. A good choice for readers new to chapter books . . and second grade. Carolyn Phelan
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
With a total of 56 pages divided into five chapters, and lots of repetition, this is a good beginner book for the 1st through 3rd grade reader (depending on their reading level, of course). It has lots of 2nd grade school themes: Social status and friendship, trust, the tedium and the fun of the classroom, and that great target--the cafeteria. When the likable young Emily begins 2nd grade she copes with many challenges. There's a new, smaller bus with a new, toothier bus driver. Her mom doesn't seem to realize that one should say hi to all the kids on the bus--there are distinctions between younger and older, and between boys and girls!

However, Emily's bigest challenge is snooty, talkative, trouble-making Vincetta Louise. When Emily loses her new shiny purse (of course, Vincetta has a shinier one), her newfound nemesis warns that she's going to get a ticket! Emily worries she's going to pay a fine until the teacher informs her that it's a "charge ticket," a sort of IOU that will enable her to eat lunch. Not that lunch is such a treat: Emily's tray is filled with Sloppy Joe "mystery meat," and pears with brown spots. ANd, just as Vincetta gleefully tells her, you can't "charge" an ice cream sandwich.

Unexpectedly, and to me, somewhat implausibly, Vincetta informs Emily that she can get the "Secret Lunch Special" instead of the smelly food on her plate. Vincetta asks her aunt (who staffs the register) to give Emily the special, a meager but very palatable buttered bagel. While the two girls seem to get along the rest of the day, Emily wonders if her new friend is a true friend.

I liked the portrayals of the little but very real mini-crises faced by early elemenatary school kids; the book doesn't talk down to them or ther concerns.
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