Ivy Higgins, also called ""Poison Ivy,"" ""Fish Breath,"" and ""Shark Spit"" because her father owns a fish market, is taunted by Jerome Flensted and his friends even when she reveals that she has a 27-pound pet lobster. Then, during a class visit to Mr. Higgins's store, Jerome joins forces with Ivy to save ""Captain Nemo"" after Mr. Higgins announces that he's going to raffle him Off at the Fall Festival. Thanks to Jerome and Ivy's extensive efforts, Captain Nemo is saved; Ivy is able to relish not only the thrill of hard work rewarded but also shyness overcome. Driven more by action than character, this brief story about friendship and self-reliance lacks a satisfying resonance and suffers from lapses of logic:, it's unclear why the reporter resents a photo opportunity of a third-grader with a 32-inch lobster, or why Ivy feels that so many kids call her names when only Jerome actually does. Skippable.