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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
If he could have, he would have sat in the closet. Then he could shut the door so he wouldn’t have to listen to Mrs. Ebbel. He didn’t think she’d mind. She’d probably like it better that way too. So would the rest of the class. All in all, he thought everyone would be much happier if he sat in the closet, but unfortunately, his desk didn’t fit.
“Class,” said Mrs. Ebbel. “ I would like you all to meet Jeff Fishkin. Jeff has just moved here from Washington, D.C., which as you know, is our nation’s capital.”
Bradley looked up at the new kid who was standing at the front of the room next to Mrs/ Ebbel.
“Why don’t you tell the class a little bit about yourself, Jeff,” urged Mrs. Ebbel.
The new kid shrugged.
“There’s no reason to be shy,” said Mrs. Ebbel.
The new kid mumbled something, but Bradley couldn’t hear what it was.
“Have you ever been to the White House, Jeff? Mrs. Ebbel asked. “I’m sure the class would be very interested to hear about that.”
“No, I’ve never been there,” the new kid said very quickly as he shook his head.
Mrs. Ebbel smiled at him. “Well, I guess we’d better find you a place to sit.” She looked around the room. “Hmm, I don’t see anyplace except, I suppose you can sit there, at the back.”
“No, not next to Bradley!” a girl in the front row exclaimed.
“At least its better than in front of Bradley,” said the boy next to her.
Mrs. Ebbel frowned. She turned to Jeff. “I’m sorry, but there are no other empty desks.”
“I don’t mind where I sit,” Jeff mumbled.
“Well, nobody likes sitting…there,” said Mrs. Ebbel.
“That’s right,” Bradley spoke up. “Nobody likes sitting next to me!” He smiled a strange smile. He stretched his mouth so wide, it was hard to tell whether it was a smile or a frown.
He stared at Jeff with bulging eyes as Jeff awkwardly sat down next to him. Jeff smiled back at him so he looked away.
As Mrs. Ebbel began the lesson, Bradley took out a pencil and a piece of paper, and scribbled. He scribbled most of the morning, sometimes on the paper and sometimes on his desk. Sometimes he scribbled so hard his pencil point broke. Every time that happened he laughed. Then he’d tape the broken point to one of the gobs of junk in his desk, sharpen his pencil and scribble again.
His desk was full of little wads of torn paper, pencil points, chewed erasers, and other unrecognizable stuff, all taped together.
Mrs. Ebbel handed back a language test. “Most of you did very well,” she said. “I was very pleased. There were fourteen A’s and the rest B’s. Of course there was one F, but…” She shrugged her shoulders.
Bradley held up his test for everyone to see and smiled that same distorted smile.
As Mrs. Ebbel went over the correct answers with the class, Bradley took out his pair of scissors and very carefully cut his test paper into tiny squares.
When the bell rang of recess, he put on his red jacket and walked outside, alone.
“Hey, Bradley, wait up!” somebody called after him.
Startled, he turned around.
Jeff, the new kid, hurried alongside him. “Hi,” said Jeff.
Bradley started at him in amazement.
Jeff smiled. “ I don’t mind sitting next to you,” he said. “Really.”
Bradley didn’t know what to say.
“I have been to the White House,” Jeff admitted. “If you want, I’ll tell you about it.”
Bradley thought a moment, then said, “Give me a dollar or I’ll spit on you.” --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File Size : 789 KB
- Publication Date : December 6, 2010
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Bloomsbury Children's Books; 1st Edition (December 6, 2010)
- Print Length : 209 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B004U9J7N8
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,168,990 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Bradley Chalkers---he is considered the "monster" in the book because he misbehaves, and he thinks he is a "monster" on the inside and the outside. His counselor, Carol, sees Bradley as the sweetest little boy deep inside himself. At first, Bradley doesn't want to listen to her, but then he does, and his life makes a beautiful transition. He is the person that he always was supposed to be. The likeable boy that everyone comes to adore.
"There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom" is a story about a little boy that changes. It touches me so much because in that 195 page you see Bradley change into the person that he was meant to be. I was feeling bad yesterday, but when I read that it makes me realize that if Bradley Chalkers, a fifth grader, can change his life so young, we all can too. It feels good to know that we can all grow and mature with a little help for people who care about us.
If you like books about people who work hard to overcome personal challenges, this is the one for you! This beautifully written story is sincerely touching.
Top reviews from other countries
Bradley was to see a councilor, at first he refused but eventually agreed, he was extremely rude to her, Jeff also saw the councilor to help him settle into school, Bradley was rude to some girls but they beat him up, he said it was Jeff, Jeff had to go to the head and explain, there is to be a Birthday party Jeff was invited but bradley was not
Bradley hated his life and comes to the decision to be nice to everybody, he is desperate for people to like him but has he gone to far
But soon a new kid, Jeff Fishkin, joins the school. He sits next to Bradley, and he likes him, or at least he says he does. But this is a small part of the book, yet important.
Carla Davis is the pretty young counselor. She has watery blue eyes and blonde hair. Bradley Chalkers has too see her. Soon the unlikely pair form a bond. Bradley Chalkers sees her in her office whenever now, and his school life slowly improves. He stops tearing books, makes friends.
But Carla has to leave, and while Bradley is sad, she has done lasting good.
I really liked this book. It was funny and I had my head stick in it. While the ending was sad and I felt like I was Bradley Chalkers, saying bye to Carla Davis, I was pleased with the outcome and wished all the characters the best.
It's not a hard book to read, but due to the context (nothing horrible) I would recommend to nine years and older. Maybe the oldest you should be is fourteen-year-old. The chapters are quick so one to two chapters are good for quick reading in minutes.
I loved it! A must by for all kids.
Several laugh-out-loud moments reading this to my kids. It's an odd topic for a book but very compelling.