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Ned by Andrew Daddo
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This is an interesting one from the series in that it looks a bit deeper at the problems one might encounter in Grade 5. Ned is the youngest of three children - his sister Misty was School Captain in Grade 6 ( She is now in Year 7) and his brother Sam was Sports Captain (He is now in Year 9), so Ned has big shoes to fill. On the first day of Grade 5 he runs terribly late, due to Misty's mistakes and actually answers in roll call from outside the classroom window. His day gets worse when he discovers he has the toughest teacher in the school, Miss Lukas ( who he calls Miss Mucus) and, fed up with her comparing him to his "perfect" brother and sister, he insults her on the very first day of school. (He is the tallest in the class so she asks him if he plays basketball - in retaliation he replies has she ever played mini-golf - because she is so short)
Needless to say, he ends up in the Principal's office where she gives him the new age advice..."get out there and be the best you can be. There is no point in trying to be anyone else, they're all taken."
What follows as the year progresses is an attempt by Ned to not be his sister and brother, avoid the taunts of his teacher and basically survive Junior school. Unfortunately, things come to a head when Ms Lukas proposes a time capsule that will be opened at the end of the year. In it, she places a cheeseburger and Ned is oh so hungry...will he get caught raiding it?
As a teacher, I found this is a very strange book , as the things the teacher says to Ned do not ring true. No genuine teacher would mock a child's name nor do the things that Ms Lukas apparently does to Ned - they would be instantly dismissed! Is it Ned's perception of what she says or is Daddo trying for comic effect?
Best bit was when the older brother had a melt down at the dinner table ( p.64- 65) about the differences between how he was treated in Grade 5 and how Ned is treated...it shows us how Ned's perspective is not quite right. ( )
  nicsreads | Mar 13, 2016 |
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STUFF HAPPENS is a contemporary reflected reality fiction series for young boys. Each book tells the story of an incident of emotional importance to one of the boys in a fictional primary school class. The stories, written by some of Australia's finest male writers, make an important contribution to the emotional literacy of Australian boys.… (more)

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