The Fabled Fifth Graders of Aesop Elementary School

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Schwartz & Wade Books, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 170 pages
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Here's a chapter book with all the kid appeal and absurd mayhem of Louis Sachar's classic Sideways Stories from Wayside School! These hilarious fables, complete with morals, will make you wishyouwent to Aesop Elementary.

Welcome back to Mr. Jupiter's inimitable class at Aesop Elementary. His rambunctious,specialstudents are fifth graders now . . . and they rule the school! Bernadette Braggadoccio stirs things up when her probing investigative reporting for the school's TV station reveals some scandalous stuff. But . . . don't believe everything you hear. Is that new art teacher really a crazy lady with zillions of cats, or could there be more to this story?

For their last year at Aesop, the fifth graders are hoping for the coolest class pet—a unicorn, a pink-headed duck, or at least a giant squid. Imagine their disappointment when they get guinea pigs. But . . . appearances can be deceiving. These guinea pigs have some very unusual traits.

So whether readers knew Mr. Jupiter's class back in fourth grade or are new to Aesop Elementary, they'll be chomping at the bit to join these fabled fifth graders for the zaniest school year ever.

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Cute enough, but superficial, and overly reliant on stereotypes.  A guilty pleasure.  Also, a sequel, I did read them in order but I don't think you need to. Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The fabled fourth graders of Aesop Elementary, whom no teacher wanted to teach, found their perfect mentor in Mr. Henry Valentine Jupiter. They're back as fifth graders, and Mr. Jupiter gets to teach ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Candace Fleming is the author of many bestselling books for children. Her picture books include Imogene's Last Stand; Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! and Gabriella's Song, both ALA Notable Books; and Boxes for Katje, a Junior Library Guild Selection. Her nonfiction titles include The Lincolns, winner of a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Our Eleanor, an ALA Notable Book; Ben Franklin's Almanac, an ALA Notable Book and a James Madison Honor Book; and The Great and Only Barnum. Learn more about the author at

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