November 25, 2006

Lunch Money - by Andrew Clements

Greg is a sixth grader with a knack for making money. He doesn't just like money, he LIVES for it! When he comes up with a plan to begin making his millions in his very own school, watch out. Unfortunately, the principal has other plans. This story has an unexpected, heart-warming ending, which Andrew Clements is so good at writing. Along the way, Greg has to deal with his biggest rival, his classmate and neighbor Maura, and learns that they have more in common than he thought. Another important character is Mr. Z, Greg's nervous, number-crazy math teacher, who learns something about himself too. As a teacher, that story line was very appealing.

Reading this story, you start off thinking it's about one thing, and somewhere along the way realize it's about something else altogether. In the Clements spirit, this book will appeal to lovers of school stories, brave children, bumbling teachers, and realistic adventures. This is a great book for any book-loving 4th or 5th grader.

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