July 2012 Indie Next List
“On George's first day of third grade, his teacher, Mrs. Simms, challenges each student to act like an angel. Throughout the school year, each student has the opportunity to earn a halo. George puts all of his time and effort into the challenge but questions whether he has to act like an angel all of the time -- even when his teacher is not watching. This cute, funny story is another must-read from master storyteller Spinelli.”
— Rebecca Olson, Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord, MI
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.
About the Author
Jerry Spinelli received the Newbery Medal for Maniac Magee and a Newbery Honor for Wringer. His other books include Smiles to Go, Loser, Space Station Seventh Grade, Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush?, Dump Days, and Stargirl. His novels are recognized for their humor and poignancy, and his characters and situations are often drawn from his real-life experience as a father of six children. Jerry lives with his wife, Eileen, also a writer, in Wayne, Pennsylvania.
Jennifer A. Bell is a children's book and greeting card illustrator. She graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design and worked for several years as a product designer before establishing herself as a freelance illustrator. She lives in Minneapolis MN with her husband and son.