Third Grade Angels

by Jerry Spinelli illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell
  • Item #73X7 in Lucky March Lucky March
    • Grades: 2 - 3
    • Ages: 7 - 9
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    • Format: Paperback Book
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Accessible and full of fun, this delightful chapter book follows a sporty young boy who's trying to tackle an age-old question: How good is good enough?

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George "Suds" Morton knows there are certain things expected from third graders. As a maturing elementary schooler, he's supposed to be good—angelic, in fact. That's why his teacher, Mrs. Simms, is holding a weekly "halo" competition. She wants to recognize the good kids—the kind, well-behaved kids.

Suds wants to win that halo. But how good does he have to be? Does he have to be nice to his annoying little sister? And what if Mrs. Simms misses a good deed—does it still count?

Told with humor and charm, this story is a great pick for independent reading and for reading aloud.

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Product Details

    • Grades: 2 - 3
    • Ages: 7 - 9
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/4" x 7 5/8"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-545-50075-3

Editorial Reviews

"A story kids will relate to, with valuable, down-to-earth messages about character and motives." —School Library Journal

"Young readers will recognize Suds as one of their own and will gladly follow him to fourth grade. Sweet and funny." —Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

As a kid Jerry Spinelli dreamed of becoming a Major League baseball player, but when he had a sports poem published in his local newspaper, he realized he'd rather be a writer instead. Spinelli's first few novels (for adults) were all rejected by publishers, but his fifth novel, Space Station Seventh Grade, became a great success.

Since then, Jerry Spinelli has written over 30 books for young readers, including Fourth Grade Rats, Crash, The Library Card, Stargirl, Loser, and The Warden's Daughter. He won a Newbery Honor for his novel Wringer and a Newbery Medal for Maniac Magee, the story of an athletic orphan whose spectacular track talents are matched only by his largeness of heart.

But even with so many books to his name (and 21 grandchildren), Spinelli still doesn't think of himself only as a writer. "There are so many other things I do. I pick berries and touch ponies and skim flat stones over water and marvel at the stars and breathe deeply and grin from ear to ear and save the best part for last. Call me writer if you like. Or grandpa. Or a berry-picking, pony-touching, star-marveler."