Rufus the Scrub Does Not Wear a Tutu

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Rufus is tired of being yelled at by his football coach. Sure, he's the biggest guy in his class and he wants to be a better player, but he's doing the best he can. When his mom suggests he try ballet lessons to become less clumsy, Rufus decides to give it a try. Now the coach wants him to choose between football and ballet, and Biff gives him a hard time about wearing a tutu (which he doesn't). Even worse, the other Scrubs think Rufus is giving them a worse name (like that's possible). After all the teasing and trying, what's a Scrub to do?

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Rufus was named a 2008 Gryphon Award Honor Book by the Center for Children's Books at the University of Illinois.

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Grade 2–3—In this sequel to Willy the Scrub (2004) and Whitewater Scrubs (2005, both Darby Creek), Rufus decides to take ballet in hopes of improving his performance on the football field. The other players, Rufus's coach, and even his friends tease him about tights and tutus, but in the end the boy's new skills help the team win the big game. Although the story is predictable, the characters are appealing and the fast narrative pace will hold children's attention. Male and female stereotypes are explored through various people's reactions to Rufus and his (all-girl) ballet class. McEwan also takes aim at the intensity with which some people approach youth sports. Although the topics are serious, they are handled with a light touch. Small, cartoon-style illustrations are included at the beginning of each chapter and add another layer of humor to the text. Ballet terms, football action, and funny situations combine to make this an enjoyable transitional book for children ready to take the next step up from beginning readers.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
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