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Third Grade Angels

By Jerry Spinelli   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545387736 Paperback
160 Pages | 5.28" x 7.57" | Ages 7 to 10

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545469609 Ebook
112 Pages | Ages 0 & Up

The long-awaited prequel to the bestseller Fourth Grade Rats.

George, aka "Suds," has just entered third grade, and he's heard the rhyme about "first grade babies/second grade cats/third grade angels/fourth grade rats," but what does this mean for his school year? It means that his teacher, Mrs. Simms, will hold a competition every month to see which student deserves to be awarded "the halo" — which student is best-behaved, kindest to others, and, in short, perfect.

Suds is determined to be the first to earn the halo, but he's finding the challenge of always being good to be more stressful than he had anticipated. Does he have to be good even outside of school? (Does he have to be nice to his annoying little sister?) And if Mrs. Simms doesn't actually see him doing a good deed, does it even count? A warm, funny return to elementary school from master storyteller Spinelli.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for Third Grade Angels:

"Spinelli doesn't miss a beat in recreating the characters from [Fourth Grade Rats] . . . Sweet and funny." —Kirkus

"Third-graders are notoriously competitive, and Spinelli has his finger on the pulse of that age group. Suds's first-person account rings true." —Horn Book

"Readers will appreciate the familiar school and home settings, and they'll look forward to meeting the characters again in a forthcoming book. A story kids will relate to, with valuable, down-to-earth messages about character and motives." —School Library Journal