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There's A Boy in the Girls' Bathroom Paperback – August 12, 1988
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From Publishers Weekly
Fifth grader Bradley Chalkers is bright, imaginative, antisocial and friendless. Unlike the kids at school, who hate him, Bradley's collection of chipped and broken little pottery animals allows him to be brave, smart and vulnerable; he uses them to resolve the rejection of peers and adults. Jeff, a new boy at school, offers friendship but then withdraws his offer, because Bradley is hard to like. Enter Carla Davis, new school counselor, who is caring and funny, and who gradually helps restore Bradley's self-confidence. Feelings and emotions are strongly evoked in this touching and serious story of a disturbed child that is infused with humor and insight.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7 An unlikely protagonist, Bradley Chalkers is a friendless, lying, insecure bully who is the oldest boy in his fifth-grade class. In this humorous novel that tells of Bradley's learning to like himself and to make friends, Sachar ably captures both middle-grade angst and joy. Bradley's triumph comes through the friendship of a new boy at school and the help of the new school counselor. Readers, like the astute counselor, can see the strengths that Bradley has, and will cheer at his minor victories and cringe at his setbacks along the way. The story is unusual, witty, and satisfying, if not always believable: a few incidents just do not work. For instance, even though Bradley has not been doing his homework, his complete ignorance of it is unlikely (``He hadn't realized. . .he would need to bring his book home''), and his total unfamiliarity with birthday parties is too extreme for a ten year old, even one who hadn't been to a party in three years. Yet Bradley's need for acceptance even as he holds back from classmates who might mock or hurt him is genuine, and his eventual success will gratify readers. David Gale, ``School Library Journal''
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.