THE BEST SCHOOL YEAR EVER by Barbara Robinson
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THE BEST SCHOOL YEAR EVER

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Not just your average naughty children, the Herdmans occasionally step over the line into juvenile delinquency -- but they do it with such panache that the reader cannot help but be impressed. Even Beth Bradley, narrator and sixth-grade classmate of Imogene Herdman, is eventually won over. Beth tells the story of a year in the life of the Herdman clan and describes her own school assignment: to think of compliments for everyone in her class -- including Imogene. Beth can think of a lot of names to call Imogene, none of them complimentary. She explains in hilarious detail how the Herdmans are behind every minor catastrophe that occurs in town, from the frogs in the Town Hall watercooler to the ""Amazing Tatooed Baby"" scandal. How can Beth say anything nice about that? Eventually Beth's father comes to the rescue: He calls Imogene ""resourceful"" after she butters a boy's head to unstick it from a bike rack. Beth looks up ""resourceful"" and decides it will do. She also adds ""cunning,"" ""shrewd,"" ""creative,"" and others, realizing that Imogene really is all of these. Beth concludes that if Imogene doesn't go to jail, she could become president. Robinson's readers will look forward to finding out which it will be. The Herdmans will delight readers of this spirited sequel to The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1972).

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1994
ISBN: 0060873574
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: HarperCollins