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Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Engaging school story about a messy boy with a good heart.

Book Bill Harley School 2013
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Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year is an engaging school story in which kids face kid-sized problems like strict teachers and playground disputes. Charlie's poor judgment often results in sitcom-type humor, but he's such a kindhearted kid -- in a believable way, not a too-sweet way -- that readers care about him and share his empathy for others. One aspect that rings slightly false is Charlie's age; his behavior, level of understanding, and adults' expectations for him seem more appropriate for a child of 10 rather than 8. However, it's still a funny, sweet, entertaining book that will teach kids the value of kindness and inclusiveness.

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