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In the companion to Matthew Jackson Meets the Wall, Matthew faces the first day at his new school, and a new teacher known to be a shark.
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Grade 2-4-In this companion novel to Matthew Jackson Meets the Wall (Delacorte, 1990), Matthew is troubled. He's beginning fourth grade in a new city, and he has not done the required summer reading. It's not that he doesn't like to read; it's just that he isn't very good at it. His next-door neighbor J.P. takes him to the library, helps with his selections, and spouts her grandmother's advice. Classmate Frankie Corn is friendly toward Matthew, but he cruelly teases and mocks J.P. The three youngsters, their teacher, a pet store owner, and Matthew's family muddle through a series of trials and tribulations in this sometimes funny, sometimes disjointed book, but all ends happily. The numerous subplots may confuse young readers, but life is like that...complicated at times. Matthew becomes a true "reader" and all of the youngsters learn how to get along. Readers of the first book will enjoy Shark because they will delight in the continuing relationship between Matthew and J.P. Other readers will relate to the problems that students face at the start of the school year, especially in a new situation. Matthew is a likable boy who tends to be hard on himself. Readers will keep turning the pages as they cheer him on.
Mary Ann Bursk, Bucks County Free Library, Levittown, PA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Matthew Jackson is about to attend a new school, but that's not the worst of it: He hasn't done his summer reading because he thinks he doesn't know how to read, and he only has one friend, J.P. When school begins, the horrors mount. The other kids don't like J.P.--who's a girl, to boot--and he inadvertently breaks a box of the teacher's ornaments. Matthew hides in fear from his teacher, a.k.a. The Shark, and from J.P., who he's sure will never forgive him when she discovers he's making new friends. But the teacher forgives him; J.P. lends him a book that is so absorbing--about a boy who dies of a bee sting--that he reads it, although he thinks he doesn't know how; and he sets out to return a few favors to the people who have been so good to him. Giff (Next Year I'll Be Special, 1993, etc.) crams in a few too many themes: peer pressure and fear of reading, new places, new people, and teachers. Although the story is diffuse in the beginning, Matthew's voice is so appealingly realistic that it carries us through. A solid book that accurately depicts many of the heartaches of the first days at a new school. (Fiction. 8-12) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Delacorte Books for Young Read, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110385320299
Book Description Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0385320299 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0123962
Book Description Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. WRBC. Seller Inventory # DADAX0385320299
Book Description Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 1994. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0385320299