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The Beast in Ms. Rooney's Room (1984)

by Patricia Reilly Giff

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Excellent story RE: 2nd graders / one child is repeating the grade level.
Humorous! All ends well :)
  kathleenandrews | Dec 12, 2011 |
Richard Best AKA "the beast" has to repeat the second grade. He is embarrased and ashamed about this and does not want to start school again that September. He is not so nice to most of the kids in his class, he calls them babies. By the end of the book he works together with them to win the weekly banner and discovers that his classmates are not so bad and are not "babies" like he thought.

I enjoyed this book because it details a child and how he/she must feel to be held back. The writer did a good job at pulling you into the book with the details, you really feel like you are there and experiencing the situation with the students.

This would be a good book to give a child and his or her parents if that child is held back a grade in school. Or to read to your class if you know you have a student who is repeating that grade once again. Let the students talk about the story and how to deal with not only their personal feelings, but with their classmates feeling also.
  chendri | Oct 27, 2008 |
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It's September again.What does it mean for Richard "Beast" Best to be left back? It means being teased by his old friends while he's stuck facing the same old teacher in the same old classroom. He even has to take a special reading class with "babies" like Emily Arrow and Matthew Jackson. And just like last year, he can't help getting into trouble.But with the help of Mrs. Paris, the reading teacher, Beast starts to enjoy reading and just might find a way to help the second grade win the school banner for best class.

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Held back for a year in second grade, Richard can't seem to help getting into trouble, until he gets really interested in reading and helps his class in a special way.

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