Bradley doesn't like school. It's boring. And his new teacher, Mrs. Gross, is crabby. And something is terribly wrong... It all starts when Mrs. Gross introduces a new type of math in which 6 x 9=54, but upside-down, 9 x 6=45. Then she tells the students they don't have to use any silent letters in their spelling lessons. "Friend" is "frend" and "have" becomes "hav." Bradley is dumbfounded and vows to get to the bottom of it. He finds a book called The Truth About teachers that tells about Apple Island, where all teachers come from. The good teachers built an ark and came to America to set up schools. The crabby ones followed them with a sinister plan. When Mrs. Gross kidnaps his classmates and whisks them off to Apple Island, it's up to Bradley to navigate the island's pitfalls to save his friends and schoolchildren everywhere.
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Douglas Evans is the author of MVP: Magellan Voyage Project, Apple Island, The Elevator Family and the collections of classroom tales: Math Rashes, The Classroom at the End of the Hall and Mouth Moths. He has a master's degree in education and has taught for fifteen years in settings ranging from a small logging town in Oregon to international schools in Helsinki and London.From Publishers Weekly:
A teacher for many years, Evans (The Door at the End of the Hall) presents a whimsical, absurdity-charged satire. Bradley is stuck with one nightmare of a teacher, Mrs. Gross ("The chinless face, the squinty eyes, and a thick lower lip pushed out in a permanent scowl reminded [Bradley] of an overripe apple"). If readers don't get the picture from the descriptions, Di Fiori's hyperbolic line drawings leave no doubt that Mrs. Gross is wickedly off-putting, right down to the hairs on her chinny chin chin. Bradley realizes her thinking is a bit askew when she instructs her students that there's no need to put "the dumb b at the end of climb" and shows them a map of the U.S. containing 70 states. The nine-year-old then learns that he and his classmates are victims of Operation Misteach, a plot hatched on Apple Island, where Mrs. Gross lives with the rest of the world's crabbiest teachers. On a field trip there, Bradley separates from the group and encounters amusingly eccentric individuals who reveal the history of this outlandish land where lunch boxes sprout from the ground, boulders are made of chalk and paper grows on trees alongside an ink lake. Evans's imagery and wordplay are occasionally strained or redundant, but he compensates with many wry tidbits. Ages 6-10.
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