When the new teacher announces that the fifth grade will elect a president, Julio decides to manage his friend Lucas' campaign--even though he secretly desires to hold the office himself. Julio's not the smartest kid in class, but he shows himself to be kind, resourceful, courageous, and able to think on his feet. It's Julio's idea to have the class raise money to pay for classmate Arthur's broken glasses, and it's he who asks the principal to rescind a ban on recess soccer-playing. Though Julio doesn't have a high opinion of himself, his classmates do: in a predictable denouement, he wins the election. No surprises here, but the good humor and smoothly paced plot will strongly appeal, especially to readers who remember these likable characters from Class Clown (1987) and Teacher's Pet (1988).