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Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year

Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year

Fall 2013 Fiction
Ages: 8 & Up
Author: Bill Harley
Illustrator: Adam Gustavson
ISBN: 978-1561457328
Hardcover Price: $13.95

Grammy Award-winning storyteller, humorist and family music artist Bill Harley gives readers with pesky little sisters, annoying big brothers, know-it-all classmates, impatient parents and mystifying teachers validation with his usual funny bone humor and kid-savvy insight. Charlie's messiness and disorganization gets him in trouble at home and in school, but it wouldn't be quite so bad if his new fourth grade teacher hadn't turned out to be the dreaded Mrs. Burke, Teacher of the Year. Charlie hadn't meant to bop her in the head with his sneaker last semester, but he's convinced that she's had it in for him ever since and now he can't seem to do anything right. Even Charlie's good intentions get him in trouble and so do his siblings: a little sister who blabs to Mom and Dad and a mercilessly teasing big brother. Life just isn't fair. But Mrs. Burke's opinion of Charlie may not be what he thinks, and in signature Bill Harley style, Charlie discovers his own strengths and finds that even adults may have something to learn, too. Adam Gustavson's deft ink and watercolor drawings aptly punctuate the action.

Lynne Heffley   ©2013 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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