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Joshua T. Bates Takes Charge Paperback – May 23, 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
The humorous trials and tribulations of this put-upon protagonist include having to repeat the third grade, and being chosen best friend by the class dork. Ages 7-11.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"With a well-drawn school backdrop and a believable main character, this is a perceptive story that makes it plain what it's like to be an outcast and also what it takes to be a hero. Welcome back, Joshua."--Booklist
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Top Customer Reviews
Joshua was entering the fifth grade. As the school year opened, however, the class (and school) bully, Tommy Wilhelm announced plans for a new "Nerds Out" club. Still sensitive to his failure to make fourth grade on time, Joshua at first refused to stand up to the gang.
That made things worse for him. They put the whole school on the defensive, but Joshua got the brunt of their nastiness--until, that is, they decided to pick on a new kid in the class who had no friends and liked Joshua. Worse, Joshua's mother told him to be nice to the new boy.
The N.O.s plotted and planned and pulled a very nasty prank, which worried the entire class, and all the teachers. It was up to Joshua to set things straight. And this he did, managing to put the class bully and his clique in their place. How, I can't say.
Parents, take note. This book is "just right" for kids moving on from early chapter readers. It's challenging but not too hard, and the charmer story line keeps them turning the pages.
--- Alyssa A. Lappen