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There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom (original 1988; edition 1988)

by Louis Sachar

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An unmanageable, but lovable, eleven-year-old misfit learns to believe in himself when he gets to know the new school counselor, who is a sort of misfit too.
Title:There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom
Authors:Louis Sachar
Info:Yearling (1988), Paperback, 208 pages
Collections:Read but unowned

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There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar (1988)



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Bradley Chalkers is a fifth grade outcast with an imagination that runs wild. His only friends include his broken and chipped collection of pottery animals, who talk him through all his troubles at school.

Bradley is loathed by not only his classmates but his teachers as well. He gets through his days at school by sitting in the last seat, last row. He’s not allowed to check out books from the school library, nor does he ever do his homework. When a new student, Jeff Fishkin, joins Bradley’s class, he quickly learns from the teacher and his peers that Bradley is not a likeable student. Despite the apology from Mrs. Ebbel, Jeff gladly accepts his spot next to Bradley. He even attempts to befriend Bradley, but in return, Bradley threatens to spit on Jeff if Jeff doesn’t give him his lunch money.

With some guidance from the new counselor, Carla Davis, Bradley attempts to navigate his new, unexpected friendship with Jeff. One day, on the way to Jeff’s house to do homework the boys run into a group of girls, and Bradley ends up getting punched by one of them. He then tells his parents and counselor that Jeff was the one who punched him. Eventually, he alienates himself out of Jeff’s friendship, as well.

Bradley continues to see Miss Carla, who believes in him. She challenges him to make a list of things for them to talk about, and Bradley returns with a list. When the topic of monsters comes up, Bradley asks how a monster stops being a monster. Carla tells him the monster must first realize that he isn’t a monster. Soon, Bradley starts believing in himself (with the help of his pottery animals cheering him on) and decides to give homework a try. He’s in search of earning his first ever gold star, but he keeps ripping up his work before he turns it in. Carla encourages him to keep trying to not give up.

When Jeff and his new friends confront Bradley about Jeff’s mysterious black eye (which he received from a girl), Bradley simply says “hello” to Jeff, and Jeff, who is notorious for returning hellos, says “hello” back. What happens next is everything that Bradley has ever wanted without even knowing it.

This book is a feel-good novel about friendship and the power of believing in yourself.
You will not be disappointed if you give this book a read! ( )
  Brianna.Andrea | Feb 18, 2019 |
Favorite book of all time. Great classroom read aloud for 4th grade! ( )
  gpratt | Dec 29, 2018 |
RGG: Couched in Sachars' humorous voice is a story about a troubled boy, a bully, an outcast, a failure, who with the help of a school psychologist finds his way . Powerful and engaging. The imaginary voices of Bradley's stuffed animals may be confusing. Reading Interest: 10-13.
  rgruberexcel | Nov 3, 2017 |
RGG: Couched in Sachars' humorous voice is a story about a troubled boy, a bully, an outcast, a failure, who with the help of a school psychologist finds his way . Powerful and engaging. The imaginary voices of Bradley's stuffed animals may be confusing. Reading Interest: 10-13.
  rgruberexcel | Nov 3, 2017 |
I believe the book There’s a Boy In the Girls Bathroom by Louis Sachar is an excellent book. The book follows a young child name Bradley chalkers. Throughout his time in elementary school, Bradley is viewed among his classmates and teachers, as an unintelligent, troublesome student. Having had enough of his shenanigans, one of Bradley's teachers refers him to the new school counselor, Carla Davis. Reluctant at first, Bradley eventually takes a liking to Miss Davis, as she is the first person to look past his unpleasant persona. I enjoyed this book because it helped me better understand why children may misbehave. For instance, in the book, it said Bradley misbehaved because his father was permanently paralyzed from getting shot. As a result of his paralysis, his father is extremely short tempered with him. Knowing this information makes it easier to understand why Bradley misbehaves, as his bad behavior is a manifestation of his problems at home. I also like this book because it helped me learn how to be more patient. In the book, Ms. Davis continuously tried to help Bradley, even though he was reluctant to receive help. While any other person may have quit, Ms.Davis instead let Bradley know that anytime he wanted to talk she'd be there. ( )
  rclark23 | Sep 24, 2017 |
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