Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli

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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 Jerry Spinelli

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Jerry Spinelli was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on February 1, 1941. He received a bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College and a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University. He worked as an editor with Chilton from 1966 to 1989. He launched his career in children's literature with Space Station 7th Grade in 1982. His other works include Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush? (1984), Fourth Grade Rats (1991), Do the Funky Pickle (1992), Who Ran My Underwear up the Flagpole? (1992), and Picklemania (1993). In 1991, he won the Newbery Award and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Maniac Magee (1990). In 1998, his book Wringer was named a Newbery Honor book.
 
Published September 1, 2012 by Arthur A. Levine Books. 3 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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When his teacher announces her intention of rewarding angelic behavior with a halo, Suds decides he wants to be the first angel.

Jul 18 2012 | Read Full Review of Third Grade Angels

Entertainment Weekly

Young readers will find a good role model in George 'Suds' Morton.

Oct 03 2012 | Read Full Review of Third Grade Angels

City Book Review

Third Grade Angels is all about a boy named Suds who thought that in third grade everyone would be good because of the chant that everyone said: “First grade babies, second grade cats, third grade angels, fourth grade rats.” But he finds out that it is not a true chant.

Nov 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Third Grade Angels

Gr 2–4—George's nickname is "Suds" because he heads for a bubble bath whenever he's feeling "chipmunky." He's in the third grade now, and the schoolyard chant goes: "First grade babies! Second grade cats! Third grade angels! Fourth grade rats!" The quest to be the first to earn the class cardboar...

Apr 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Third Grade Angels

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