4 Kids in 5E & 1 Crazy Year

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9780823419463: 4 Kids in 5E & 1 Crazy Year

So what's up this year at PS 1? The first day of school, twenty-two fifth graders are sent to small, stuffy room 5E with a teacher named Ms. Hill. Little do they know that Gio the clown, Destiny the chatterbox, Willie the daydreamer, and Maximo the sullen boy are going to see some big changes this year, and Ms. Hill is going to find all kinds of sneaky ways to get her students to talk and write about them. Told in four voices, this heartfelt and sometimes hilarious story chronicles, the ups and downs as a unique group of city children learn to cope with their complicated lives.

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Virginia Frances Schwartz is an award-winning historical novelist. Her book "Send One Angel Down" was honored as a ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an IRA Notable book, a Parents' Choice Gold Award winner, and was praised as "profoundly moving" by "Booklist". Born in Ontario, Canada, she now lives in New York.

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Grade 4-6–When Gio, Destiny, Max, and Willie are sent to room 5E on their first day of fifth grade at PS 1, they believe that they have been sent to the room of doom, where all the stupid kids go as a last resort. But what they don't know is that Ms. Hill, their new teacher, is about to change them. Slowly but surely, she enables all of her students to face their inner struggles and feelings and express themselves through words, both on paper and out loud. The story is told through the journal entries of each of four students. Through their work, Schwartz is able to show the characters' subtle growth, both in their writing abilities and in their personal lives. She takes a group of diverse kids and lets them naturally grow into friends. Their writing is, at once, simple and deep, emotional and beautiful; perhaps a little too well done for fifth graders. While this could be a promising motivational book for reluctant readers and writers, it can be confusing as to who is speaking. This leads to minor backtracking, but a happy ending makes the effort worthwhile.–Carly B. Wiskoff, Sayville Library, NY
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